What’s The Word On Calibri? Microsoft Is Changing Fonts On Their Office Software For The First Time In 14 Years.

If you love your Calibri, perhaps it’s time to cut and paste and store volumes of text in the cloud.

Microsoft announced it’s changing the default font for Microsoft Office apps such as Word and Excel – not because the sans-serif font Calibri isn’t effective (what’s not to love about Calibri?), but just to continue the movement toward working well with partners.

Satya Nadella, who took over for Steve Ballmer as CEO in 2014, has brought a measured, don’t-rock-the-boat mentality to the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant.

As a result, Microsoft is now a major player in the cloud computing business, and probably better-positioned for better business.

So, what would Lucas de Groot say?

Oh, you ask, “Who is Lucas de Groot?”

He’s a Dutch type designer responsible for the original Calibri concept. And, while he’s not angry, he may be a little disappointed.

In an interview for a CNBC story, de Groot expressed mild surprise.

“I had not expected it to kind of be replaced already,” he said during a video interview from his home in Berlin, adding that he guessed the decision was more to adhere to modern style trends than any concerns about the legibility of Calibri.

De Groot was able to analyze and offer opinion on the five new fonts Microsoft has released. According to the CNBC story, he tested them.

It seems everything will ultimately be OK.

De Groot likes the “Seaford” font, developed by Tobias Frere-Jones, Nina Stössinger and Fred Shallcrass of the New York studio Frere-Jones Type according to CNBC.

“It has a very strong design, and I would love to see this as the new default,” he said. “It’s not absolutely neutral, but I think it’s a very nice design.” 

Good sport, that guy.

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