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Microsoft Office is planning to replace Calibri as the default font in the near future and has introduced five new font families in the process

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Microsoft’s Office Suite now includes five new fonts. For the first time since switching from Times New Roman in 2007, the Redmond-based tech giant plans to substitute Calibri as its default font. Microsoft also revealed that one of the five new fonts — Bierstadt, Grandview, Seaford, Skeena, and Tenorite — would eventually replace Calibri as the default font, and it will poll users in the coming months to determine which one they prefer. The Microsoft Support website has all five font families available for free.

Microsoft revealed five new font families for its Office Suite applications in a blog post. Sans serif fonts such as Bierstadt, Grandview, Seaford, Skeena, and Tenorite are available for download from Microsoft’s Support website. Microsoft is also encouraging users to provide input and comments through Twitter. If users don’t like the default font, they can adjust it from the preferences in any of the Microsoft Office Suite settings, according to the company.

Grandview was designed to be “legible at a distance even under poor conditions,” according to the brand, while Beirstadt is a “precise, but contemporary sans serif typeface influenced by mid-20th-century Swiss typography.” Seaford is “rooted in old-style serif text typefaces and evokes their relaxed familiarity,” according to the designer. Tenorite has the “overall look of a conventional workhorse sans serif, but with a colder, more welcoming style.” Skeena is a “typeface influenced by mid-20th-century Swiss typography.”

Microsoft revealed earlier this year that Office 2021 and Office 2021 LTSC would be published later this year. Microsoft, on the other hand, hasn’t provided any information about the latest features or provided an exact release timetable. It’s a follow-up to Office 2019, and the Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) version will provide dark mode support for Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word.

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