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I was reading this, thinking really nice, adhering to such meticuluous styling.

Then I saw this was microsoft. My mouth literally[1] fell open.

[1] I know what that word means




Microsoft has an extremely respectable collection of typographic talent, and (matter of opinion, obvs) actually has done a better job with the fundamentals of typography over the last 10 years than Apple. Microsoft: several highly credible new screen faces. Apple: Market Felt as the typeface for notes on the iPhone. Hm.

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Yup; or when they actually created a vector font to reproduce bitmap design: http://www.fonts.com/aboutfonts/verdana.htm Later they were lagging with smoothing techniques because of this pixel-perfection.

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Segoe UI is so good that I have Firefox set to use only it (which of course renders this entire page meaningless for me). I can even read light text on a black background in it, which previously has always sent me scurrying for Readability.

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Marker Felt. It's the new Comic Sans.

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While I take issues with some elements of Metro, it's definitely a style that puts typography front and center. That, combined with some great fonts coming out from (or at least licensed by) Microsoft, shows that they have the ability to be a stylistic powerhouse - at least, when it comes to text.

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