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April 29, 2021

Microsoft asks for your help choosing the following default Office font

Something to look forward to: It’s not often that Microsoft changes the default font of its office applications. The last time was in 2007, when Calibri Times replaced New Roman. Fourteen years have passed since then, and Microsoft wants to do it again, but this time with the help of Microsoft 365 users. Of the five custom fonts Microsoft has ordered, users will have to pick one, but even if your favorite doesn’t win, Microsoft will keep them all available in Microsoft 365 apps.

The five new fonts available up for grabs are called Tenorite, Bierstadt, Skeena, Seaford, and Grandview. Microsoft’s design team will be evaluating the fonts with cloud app users in the coming months and expects to share their thoughts via social media after trying them out.

Tenorite designers say their typeface looks like a “warmer, friendlier” sans serif. It consists of elements such as large dots, accents, and punctuation that should make it easier to read on smaller screens, and wider characters for a more open look.

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Bierstadt uses a more precise and modern style ‘inspired by the Swiss typography of the mid-20th century’. The simple and clear characters give it a more “blocky” look, similar to what we find in ‘Helvetica’.

The most unique of the bunch is Skeena. Based on “multiple typographic periods”, the designers created a humanistic font with different thicknesses for all characters. Despite being suitable for text walls, it also fits nicely in shorter text sections such as tables, presentations and brochures.

Seaford is an old-school style serif font that should be familiar to most. With asymmetrical shapes and distinctive characters, Seaford evokes a comfortable feeling when reading content written with it.

Grandview is similar to the font used in German roads and railways, meaning it can be easily read at great distances, even in bad weather. Because of its origins, this font was designed for short passages in small spaces, but the small adjustments made by the designer mean it can also be used in the main text.

You can check the new fonts if you’re using a Microsoft app with access to cloud fonts, such as Outlook for Microsoft 365. To check the new cloud fonts, opens u the app while connected to the internet, go to File> Account> Manage Settings and under Account Privacy, enable ‘Optional Connected Experiences’.

Source: techdeals.thriftyretailers

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