After almost 15 years, Microsoft is retiring Calibri as the default font for all its programs, saying in its statement last April 28 that “it’s time to evolve.”
But if you’ve gotten too attached to the timeless typeface, don’t worry: along with its farewell message is the company’s news that it has commissioned five original custom fonts that could replace Calibri as the default font across Microsoft’s suite of services.
Enter Tenorite, Bierstadt, Skeena, Seaford, and Grandview, the five candidates that are set to fill the void that Calibri will leave behind. According to Microsoft, the characters of these sans-serif styles — “humanist, geometric, Swiss-style, and industrial” — all capture the essence of what a default font should be: inconspicuous yet impeccable, comfortable to the eyes yet crisp to the senses.
Calibri replaced Times New Roman as the default font back in 2007, and while its moment in the sun will soon be over, it will remain available for use.
“A default font is often the first impression we make; it’s the visual identity we present to other people via our resumes, documents, or emails. And just as people and the world around us age and grow, so too should our modes of expression,” Microsoft said in explaining its decision to move to a new default font.
If you think a default font is “just another font,” think again. A lot is taken into account when making and ultimately selecting a font for widespread use. One study even concluded that shifting to a font that’s easier to the eyes can also be easier to the environment when it comes to printing them out.
Want to take the five new commissioned fonts for a spin? You can download them from the Microsoft 365 Cloud Fonts.
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