Farewell Calibri, You (and Times New Roman) Served Us Well
I consider myself lucky because I've been alive long enough to have had a front-row seat to the progression of computer technology as well as that of Microsoft.
My love affair with computers began in third grade when I discovered the game “Oregon Trail’ which came via floppy disc and could only be played on a special Apple computer of which my classroom only had one for the entire class to share.
When I was in high school, someone gifted my family with a Commodore 64, and my school report game was upped because I was able to type out my notes on a computer rather than on a typewriter as I’d been doing for years.
As a young adult, I was introduced to Microsoft and all of its wonders including Comic Sans font and Word Art. Remember those days? A shift happened and suddenly using Comic Sans or Georgia font was seen as childish and people starting sticking with Microsoft’s default font, which was Times New Roman.
14 years ago, in 2007, Microsoft changed its default font from Times New Roman to Calibri but all good things must come to an end which means another front change is coming.
Last week, Microsoft announced it would be saying farewell to Calibri. Don’t worry, they’re not deleting the font completely. They’re just sliding it to the side and will be replacing it with one of their five brand-new fonts. Those fonts are Tenorite, Bierstadt, Skeena, Seaford, and Grandview.
Microsoft wants users to have input on which of the five should be awarded the title of the new Microsoft default font and since it's inevitable that you’re going to be using whatever one gets the most votes, you might as well make your voice heard.