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Calibri is a humanist sans-serif typeface family, best known as the new default typeface for the Microsoft Office 2007 suite of applications. It replaces the previous defaults Times New Roman (for Microsoft Word and Outlook) and Arial (for PowerPoint and Excel).
Calibri is one of six new western (Latin, Greek and Cyrillic) ClearType Collection typefaces that come with Microsoft Windows Vista. Calibri is the first sans-serif type to be designated the default face for the leading word processing application Microsoft Office Word. Earlier releases of Microsoft Word have consistently used Times Roman as the default typeface.
Calibri was designed by Lucas de Groot for Microsoft to take advantage of Microsoft's ClearType rendering technology. The typeface won an award in the Type System category at the Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition in 2005. It includes characters from Latin, Latin extended, Greek, and Cyrillic scripts.
In a survey conducted by researchers at Wichita State University, Calibri was the most preferred font for e-mail, instant messaging, and PowerPoint presentations. It also ranked highly for use in website text. The survey had asked participants to rate images of sample text in various fonts.