Microsoft wants you to choose their new default font – goodbye Calibri.

  • Microsoft’s Design Team is asking typographophiles to vote for a new default font for Office 365.

  • The team commissioned designers to make 5 new choices: Tenorite, Bierstadt, Skeena, Seaford, and Grandview.

  • The classic Times New Roman is not an option, and hasn’t been the default since 2007.

It is out with the old, and in with the new. It’s time for you to help Microsoft choose the new default font. Calibri has been holding strong and served It’s time well. On Wednesday, Microsoft’s Design Team put out a call asking for typographophiles to choose the new default font for the Office 365 software suite, which includes mainstay workplace apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
“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,” the team said in its announcement. Business Insider US writer, Dominick Reuter Calibri has been set as the default font since 2007 when it took the place of Times New Roman as the default since the origin of Microsoft’s popularity. 2021 is the dawn of a new era of design and typography which is why it was time to have a new reigning champion. Microsoft has narrowed the voting choices to only five fonts and while each font holds strong to their own merits, you- the audience and user have a chance to choose your favorite. The five fonts up for vote are:
  • Tenorite “has the overall look of a traditional workhorse sans serif (a font without a serif, or a stroke at the ends, like Times New Roman), but with a warmer, more friendly style. “
  • Bierstadt “is a precise, contemporary sans serif typeface inspired by mid-20th-century Swiss typography. A versatile typeface that expresses simplicity and rationality in a highly readable form, Bierstadt is also notably clear-cut with stroke endings that emphasize order and restraint.”
  • Skeena “is a ‘humanist’ sans serif based on the shapes of traditional serif text typefaces. Its strokes are modulated, with a noticeable contrast between thick and thin and a distinctive slice applied to the ends of many of the strokes.”
  • Seaford “is a sans serif typeface that is rooted in the design of old-style serif text typefaces and evokes their comfortable familiarity.”
  • Grandview “is a sans serif typeface derived from classic German road and railway signage, which was designed to be legible at a distance and under poor conditions.”
All five are available now, to subscribers, through the Office 365 cloud, and social feedback is encouraged on the company’s Twitter page, this is where you can vote for your favorite font. For Microsoft 365 cloud applications and suites click here Information sourced from Business Insider South Africa.