Microsoft wants you to choose a new default font for its Office productivity suite. The current go-to font is re-adding the Calibari pack, with Microsoft introducing five new options.
Clean and crisp Calibari “known for soft corners and narrow proportions” has been the default font since it was definitely replaced in 2007 by the old school Times New Roman Way. Both did their best to stop people using minimal comic sans. , But Microsoft says it’s time for a new look.
The five options announced today will all take their place in the font menu in Word, Outlook and other Office and Microsoft 365 apps from next year. The options are Bierstadt, Grandview, Seaford, Skeena and Tenorite and Microsoft has asked users on Twitter to choose their favorite.
While this is a small change, Microsoft is well aware that it is quite important. Not only for the look and feel of the app but also for its users. In blog post Announcing the change, Microsoft stated: “A default font is often the first impression we make. This is the visual identity we present to other people through our resumes, documents, or emails. And as people and the world around us age and grow, so should our ways of expression. “
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The company is taking the company very seriously, with it getting its own pitch within the blog post. Microsoft adds: “The design of a person’s letter can be artistic, but working all these individual letters together to create words, sentences and paragraphs is a science in itself. In typeface design, the space and size between letters is as important as the letter itself.
“The new fonts are different sans-serif styles — humanistic, geometric, Swiss-style, and industrial — and we’ve interviewed designers of each to help bring their nuances and unique personalities to life.”
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