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Microsoft moving away from Calibri as default font, and you get to help pick the replacement

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft is moving away from Calibri as its default font.
  • Calibri has been the default font for Microsoft since 2007.
  • Microsoft commissioned five new fonts that will potentially be the new default.

Microsoft is moving away from Calibri as its default font. Calibri has been the default font for all things Microsoft since 2007, but Microsoft says its time to go in another direction. Five new fonts were commissioned by Microsoft, and the company is asking for people's thoughts on which one should replace Calibri.

A new post by Microsoft (opens in new tab) details the new fonts and shares quotes from the makers of each font. The new fonts are Tenorite, Bierstadt, Skeena, Seaford, and Grandview, which you can see below.

Microsoft explains that the "new fonts span the various sans-serif styles—humanist, geometric, swiss-style, and industrial—and we've interviewed the designers of each to help bring their nuances and unique personality to life."

Regardless of which font becomes the default, all of the fonts will be available in the font menu. Calibri will join all of the non-default fonts there as well.

Picking a new default font is a big decision for Microsoft, so it will take some time. The company will evaluate the five font families over the next few months. You can try the fonts out (opens in new tab) yourself on certain apps.

Right now, Microsoft doesn't appear to have a poll asking which font people prefer. The company asks for feedback but just links to its Twitter account at the moment.

We want to know which font you prefer, so please vote in the poll above and share your reasoning in the comments below.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

20 Comments
  • This really should not be a social media poll. Millions of documents will be generated with these fonts by users who just do not change from the default, and millions of people will have to read those documents to get information and knowledge. A font that is hard to read for some groups of people will effectively impede their access to information for over a decade. Picking the default Office font should be done responsibly, with dyslexic and low-vision people in mind, and backed by actual science on the cognitive load required to read, to make as many of those documents easy to read for as many people as possible. As with most topics, we should trust science instead of social media opinions.
  • Microsoft asked for people's help to pick the next default font, but does not commit to following people's feedback. As noted in the article, Microsoft doesn't even have a poll on it at the moment. The poll in the article is from us. Microsoft is very invested in accessibility and hasn't changed its default font since 2007. It won't change it without research and data.
  • Sir, you've read my mind. I was going to say what you've written in first paragraph. They really don't care but stay active on Twitter.
  • Good science involves understanding people's habits and preferences. Pretending that's not the case often leads to bad science and bad policymaking.
  • Is there any indication they want to go away from Segoe UI for Windows as well?
  • Black Slabbath, obviously. https://kjartanssonur.com/Black-Slabbath-Typeface
  • It's a toss up between Bierstadt and Tenorite for me... But Bierstadt wins in the end. If neither wins, there's always Comic Sans. 😂
  • Does Bierstadt mean ... Beer City? If that's the case I'm changing my vote.
  • Yes it does. That's why I picked it.
  • Bierstadt if for no other reason than the name. :p
  • I've never been there but it's the opposite of my impression of Redmond, WA. :-D
  • Huh? Just when I started getting used to Calibri. It really is miles better than Arial in documents. Oh well. Tenorite I guess. The cool-sounding name is a bonus. Sounds like a Christopher Nolan movie.
  • Ha! It does sound like a Nolan film, doesn't it. 😆
  • This poll would be more effective if each option was presented in its own font
  • You can look at The quick brown fox......over on Thurrott's site in each of the fonts. You're right though.
  • Bring it back! Bring it back! Bring it back... Times New Roman
  • I chose Seaford and Grandview at second.
  • Tenorite, with Bierstadt as a close second. The other fonts feel like they're...trying to hard? I can't think of a better way to put it.
  • Segoe UI would be nice, reminds me of the good old windows phone
  • I'll just change my default font back to Calibri. I don't need anybody making that decision for me.