Rob’s praise of Microsoft’s new upcoming monospace font got me interested in the matter. A quick search sent me to this article from March about a set of six fonts (all with c-names, for some reason), that will be ostensibly shipping with Microsoft’s upcoming products.
My voiced opinion to Rob was that, gosh, it sure looked good (Microsoft’s spent enough on typography, after all), but of course the fonts aren’t free or redistributable; for monospace, anyway, I’ve always preferred Bitstream Vera Mono. Still, I thought these new fonts might be worth a look.
Here is the fruit of my 10 minutes of labor (getting the fonts, toying around with settings, and then making the document): A preview of Microsoft’s upcoming fonts.
In addition to the six new fonts, I’ve included Segoe UI, the sans-serif font intended to replace Tahoma, but which ran into copyright trouble because it was so similar to Linotype’s “Frutiger” font. I don’t know what the status of that font is, but I included it anyway. You might also notice that in the version of Constantia (the Times New Roman-killer), periods that are both oblique and bold are seriously wonky. I’m assuming those will be fixed by the time it ships with a product.