Microsoft is changing the default font

Sierra Deaver, Staff Writer

Microsoft is changing its default font from Calibri to something new, after 14 years. To help them decide on a new font, they’ve requested that people on the internet choose which font they like best on their Twitter.

Times New Roman was Microsoft’s first default font, up until 2007, when Calibri became the new default font. Calibri was designed by Luc(as) DeGroot and it replaced Times New Roman because it looked more modern, and better on an onscreen display.

Some AVHS students that use Microsoft products expressed their thoughts on Calibri no longer being Microsoft’s default font.

“I am completely indifferent to whatever Microsoft is doing to the fonts because I hope it’s not going to affect my workflow and I hope that it’s not going to mess up the system,” said Ekaterina Osipova (‘21).

As of right now, Microsoft has proposed 5 new fonts to replace Calibri as the default font: Bierstadt, Grandview, Seaford, Skeena, and Tenorite. These fonts were custom made by several artists, and commissioned by Microsoft.

“The first one on the website [Tenorite] I like that one the most because it’s the most similar to what’s already present and it’s the easiest to read,” said Osipova.

To see the proposed fonts, you can go to Microsoft’s website or their Twitter. However, Microsoft assures that if your favorite doesn’t become the new default font, it will still be available.

“Don’t worry if the font you love best isn’t chosen as the next default; all of them will be available in the font menu, alongside Calibri and your other favorite fonts in your Office apps in Microsoft 365 and beyond,” said Microsoft.