Posted by Jason

The launch of the Windows Live Messenger 8.5 Beta introduced a new member of the emoticon family:  aka (‘.’).

You may be wondering how this bunny came to be… Here’s the scoop:

Every year, Microsoft sponsors a giving campaign among its employees, and one of the events we do to raise money is a charity auction.  This last year’s auction, whoever donated the most money got to pick the next emoticon we added.  As you may recall, this is how the  emoticon came into being.  This year’s winner was a Microsoft employee named Andrew.  He chose a bunny in honor of his daughter, Natasha.

This little raised about $1500 for charity.  Microsoft matches most employee’s charitable contributions, so the total amount that went to charity was actually closer to $3000.

As always, we’d love to hear your ideas for new emoticons – you won’t have to donate $1500!  (But feel free to donate to your favorite cause if you feel moved to do so!)  We received lots of great ideas when I asked for your suggests a few months ago.  Keep the suggestions coming!

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