When Calibri replaced Times New Roman as the default font for all things Microsoft in 2007, some users liked it. Others have rushed to change their default font settings, or have simply learned to tolerate it – until now.
Microsoft has announced that it has ordered five new custom fonts, one of which will be selected to “eventually” replace Calibri as the default font.
For now, users can download these new fonts. Once downloaded, the fonts can be used in all Office applications.
“It’s time to evolve”
” [Calibri] has served us well, but we think it’s time for a change, ”Microsoft said in a blog post. Microsoft encourages its users to react and comment via Twitter, to help the company decide which of the five will be the next default font. “We will be evaluating these five directions over the next few months,” says Microsoft.
The five new fonts are called: Tenorite, Bierstadt, Skeena, Seaford and Grandview. According to Microsoft, they are all sans serif (sans serif). Microsoft describes Tenorite as a “pretty warm and friendly” font. Bierstadt would be more “precise and contemporary”, with line endings. Skeena, although sans serif, is based on the shapes of traditional serif typefaces. Seaford is described as having “old style serif type”. As for Grandview, it was designed to be “readable from a distance and in poor conditions”.
Even so, Microsoft clarifies that if users don’t like the next default font, they still have the option to select their preference from the font menu in all Microsoft 365 apps.