Microsoft has announced the introduction of a new default font for its Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel office programs. It’s called Aptos and will replace the company’s previous standard font, Calibri.

“Today we begin the final phase of this major change where Aptos will start appearing as the new default font across Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel for hundreds of millions of users. And, over the next few months it will roll out to be the default for all our customers,” Microsoft said.

The new font is also known as Bierstadt, but has been renamed Aptos. It was created by one of the world’s leading typeface designers, Steve Matteson. His previous work includes the development of the original Windows TrueType core fonts and the creation of Segoe.

Aptos is a sans serif font. Such fonts often have simple letterforms and are easy to read. Comprised of various geometric shapes, Aptos is bold, well-defined and prescriptive. Its creator says that the typeface has a discreet personality and cannot be overtly neutral. It should be a little warm.

“It’s kind of like listening to a GPS voice versus a human voice. People would rather listen to a human than a robot telling you to turn left, that’s my ethos getting put into the design,” he said.

As you know, Calibri was the standard typeface for 16 years. Along with the other former standard fonts – Times New Roman and Arial – it will be pinned to the top of the font selection menu.