In September this year, Microsoft will make a new standard theme for Office applications publicly available. It includes new color schemes, styles and outlines. Additionally, the default font in the company’s Office products will be changed to Aptos, the software giant announced last month.
For the first time since 2007, Microsoft is changing the default font in Office applications. This change applies to applications such as Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint. Known as a beer town in the past, Aptos was chosen among five proposed candidates to replace Calibri in 2021. The company reckons it’ll be better paired with other changes to the styles and default color palettes used in documents.
The new default theme aims to improve the contrast and readability of documents. The most noticeable change here is the change from yellow to dark green and one of the light blue colors to dark turquoise. This should increase the contrast between shapes and lines available in Microsoft Office suite applications.
Styles in Word and Outlook will also be updated, according to a Microsoft spokesman “Make documents easier to read and give them a more professional look”. For example, the headings are used in a larger and bolder font, and the spacing between paragraphs is increased.
Microsoft began testing these changes as part of the Microsoft 365 Insider program in July of this year. Now the software giant has announced that the new theme and default font will be available to all Microsoft 365 users in September, but the exact date has not been revealed.