Microsoft is replacing its default font for the first time in 14 years and inquiring the public for input on potential replacements. Calibri was chosen as the default font for Microsoft programs like Office, Powerpoint, and Outlook in 2007. At the time it replaced Times New Roman.
Presently Microsoft says that “it’s time to evolve”. It has commissioned five original, custom fonts in its hunt for a new default. One of these options will supplant Calibri, but all will be accessible to use on Microsoft programs. Calibri will also still be accessible.
A lively debate has taken place on Twitter since Microsoft declared it was trying to find a successor to Calibri yesterday. The company says, “The apparently minute difference in typography can make visceral responses.”
Whereas a few fonts may have more of a cult following, Microsoft believes that default fonts “communicate a distinct personality in their own quiet way”. “Default fonts are perhaps most notable within the absence of the impression they make,” Microsoft says.
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