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. See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Move over, Calibri, there’s a new font in town – though which one will be the choice of voters.

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.

April 28, 2021

“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.

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Calibri has been the brand’s default font choice since 2007, when it replaced the classic Times New Roman. And no, Times New Roman is not one of the choices to vote on for the refresh.

The five new sans-serif choices are called Tenorite, Bierstadt, Skeena, Seaford, and Grandview, and the designers of each offered their best argument for why typographophiles should choose theirs.

All five are available now through the Office 365 cloud, and social feedback is encouraged on the company’s Twitter page.


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