Emoji is displayed as question marks in iOS clients in an Exchange Server environment

Applies to: Exchange Server 2016 Enterprise EditionExchange Server 2016 Standard EditionExchange Server 2013 Enterprise More

Symptoms


Assume that you are in a Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 or Exchange Server 2016 environment, and then you use an Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) SmartForward or SmartReply command, such as by replying to the message from an iOS client, on a message that contains UTF-8 surrogate pairs, such as emoji. In the sent response, the UTF-8 surrogate pairs in the replied or forwarded message are displayed as question marks.

Cause


This issue occurs because when the body is copied to the response message, charset detection incorrectly detects the body as US-ASCII instead of UTF-8, and HTML escaping with US-ASCII conversions does not correctly process surrogate pairs.

Resolution


To fix this issue, install one of the following cumulative updates:

Workaround


To work around this issue, reply to the message by using another protocol or endpoint.

Status


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

References


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