A spokesman noted: “Today We Transitioned from the Live Messenger Era to the Age of Universal Communications in One Great Emoticon Refresh. Nothing can do more to streamline communication and collaboration than just the right emoticon in context.”
This move has industry insider’s tongues wagging. According UC Architect Pat Richard:
“Not sure I'm a fan of the new emoticons in Lync” source
Well known Lync MVP Tom Arbuthnot notes even more serious challenges with the new move:
“I miss my animations” source
An industry observer who decided not to name themselves notes “ How can the loss of 10 emoticons and animations be considered a move forward"?”
Company officials note that all emoticons are webRTC ready immediately but in-browser animations will only be enabled once the webRTC standard has been ratified, which could be several years.
Kidding aside: Looks like Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1 brings refreshed emoticons to Lync!
Apparently the below are no longer relevant
If you think emoticons will transform the future of UC you can vote here:
If you think there are other things to be focused on:
For more fixes to Lync that came in Office SP1:
The SP1 Download: