Microsoft reported, which changed the default font in the office suite for the first time since 2007 — instead of Calibri, it became Aptos, a humanistic grotesque inspired by mid-20th-century Swiss typography. Aptos was originally called Bierstadt and was selected from five proposed candidates back in 2021.
“Today we are entering the final phase of major changes as Aptos appears as the new default font in Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel for hundreds of millions of users. And in the coming months, it will become the default font for all of our customers.”– said the main administrator for projects at Microsoft Si Daniels (Si Daniels).
Aptos was created by lead type designer Steve Matteson. He previously created Segoe, which has become the default font in Windows. The Segoe UI subfamily debuted in Windows Vista and continues to be used in Windows 11. Matteson also worked on the original Windows TrueType suite. On his initiative, Bierstadt was renamed Aptos in honor of the city of Aptos in Santa Cruz County, California. Although the line edges of the Aptos letters are clearly cropped, there remains a slight softening that increases legibility, which is noticeable at small sizes.
Aptos will replace Calibri as the default font, but Calibri will remain pinned to the top of the font selection menu along with its predecessors Times New Roman and Arial. Calibri became the default font with the release of Microsoft Office 2007, replacing Times New Roman. Aptos was ahead of four other fonts in the competition: Grandview, Seaford, Skeena, and Tenorite – they also remain in the Microsoft Office suite; Aptos will also be available under its former Bierstadt name.