According to reports, Microsoft is seeking a replacement for Calibri. Since 2007, Calibri has been continued to be the default font for the Office suite. Microsoft has further specified five possible replacements. But, it does not mean that the Calibri font will not be there in the list, that will continue to exist as one of the fonts.
On Thursday, the company has posted a tweet stating,
“Dear Calibri, we’ve loved our time together, but we’ve outgrown this relationship.”
Microsoft is further asking for your help to select the next Office default fonts.
We need to talk. What should our next default font be? pic.twitter.com/fV9thfdAr4
— Microsoft (@Microsoft) April 28, 2021
Those five options that the company has identified as potential replacements for Calibri are Tenorite, Bierstadt, Skeena, Seaford, and Grandview.
Wei Huang and Erin McLaughlin are designers of the Tenorite. Microsoft has further stated that Tenorite has a general look of a sans serif. However, it has a warmer and more friendly style. According to Microsoft, elements including accents, punctuations, and large dots are the features that make the readability of this font convenient.
— Microsoft 365 (@Microsoft365) April 28, 2021
Bierstadt is developed by Steve Matteson. This font type gives contemporary sans serif typeface based on mid-20th-century Swiss typography. The company also highlights that the font provides high readability along with clear-cut stroke endings.
Now talking about the Skeena, it is developed by Paul Hanslow and John Hudson. Moreover, it provides modulated strokes and prominent contrast between thin and thick. The company additionally states that Skeena is perfect if your documents are long documents and it has shorter passages.
Tobias Frere-Jones, Fred Shallcrass, and Nina Stössinger, who developed, Seaford, describe,
“We didn’t want to be too literal about these references, but many of their themes loosely guided our work, such as a preference for differentiation of shapes over repetition and symmetry. And since most of the running text is set in lowercase, the earliest drafts focused on the lowercase branches, bowls, and terminals, tracking how those elements would relate across the various styles.”