Microsoft Swaps Out Calibri As Default Typeface After 16 Years
By Nicole Rodrigues, 14 Jul 2023
Microsoft has a new sans-serif in town called ‘Aptos’. The typeface is set to take over from Calibri, the reliable workhorse of the tech giant’s font library for the last 16 years, as the new default typeface.
With a sans-serif design featuring terminals, Aptos resembles its predecessor but has its own unique qualities. Unlike the narrow form of Calibri, Aptos is wider and showcases more inviting-looking O’s and Q’s. It also ditches Calibri’s curvier edges in favor of sharper ones, adding a touch of modernity.
Developed by Steve Matteson, the same creator behind Windows’ first TrueType fonts, Aptos has undergone testing over the last couple of years. Initially known as ‘Bierstadt’, Microsoft introduced the typeface in 2021 under that name, which amusingly translates to “beer city.” Throughout the past two years, Microsoft has collected feedback and data on the font’s usage, refining it to ensure it’ll be easy on the eyes as you use it.
Under its codename, Aptos had already made its way as the default typeface in popular Microsoft applications such as Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word. For those who have long been experimenting with Bierstadt, the font will continue to be available under its original name.
Over the next few months, Microsoft plans to roll out Aptos across the Microsoft 365 suite. However, if Aptos doesn’t suit your preferences, fear not, as you will always have the option to switch it.
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