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 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 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.

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