Windows 10 Updates Default Font even though Microsoft has a history of being notoriously slow to change.
For example, the company’s venerable “Paint” application has been in the mix since the earliest days of Windows. Although it was relatively feature-poor and underpowered even upon its introduction, the company never made any effort to improve.
They only recently gave it a facelift with the development of Paint 3D, which itself had relatively poor reception.
With that in mind, it’s big news when the company recently announced that Windows 10 Updates default font. The new Microsoft 10 font, available for a sneak peek right now via the Windows 10 Insider Build #21376, is Segoe UI Variable.
Naturally, given that it’s Microsoft, this is more of an incremental change than a fundamental one. The company uses a different font from the Segoe UI font family in its branding and marketing materials, and other applications. So, while it’s a change, it’s a relatively smallish one.
Nonetheless, Microsoft has a history of reluctance on that front, even a small change is significant.
As to the reasons why according to the Microsoft Windows Insider build release notes:
“We are introducing Segoe UI Variable which includes an optical axis so that font outlines can scale seamlessly from small to larger display sizes. Segoe UI Variable is a refreshed take on the classic Segoe, now with improved legibility at small sizes, and much improved outlines at display sizes.”
The Segoe UI Variable font dynamically scales and does so without seriously impacting Microsoft Default font legibility.
While it’s certainly noteworthy, by itself, that wouldn’t be enough to rush out and grab the latest Microsoft Windows Insider build.
Naturally, the latest build comes with a raft of enhancements and bug fixes and taken together; it’s well worth a look.