Microsoft ClearType Font Collection now available for license from Ascender Corporation
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL - June 7, 2007 - Ascender Corporation, a leading
provider of advanced font products for hardware & software developers, today
announced that they have entered into an agreement with Microsoft which
enables Ascender to distribute the Microsoft ClearType Font Collection
directly to end users.
The Microsoft ClearType Font Collection contains six new typeface families,
each with regular, italic, bold and bold italic styles. These fonts were
carefully specified and cooperatively designed under the direction of
Microsoft’s Advanced Reading Technologies team by leading type designers,
consultants and font software engineers to significantly improve the
on-screen reading experience through a combination of design iteration and
by leveraging Microsoft’s ClearType technology. Each of the 24 fonts
contains extended multi-language support (including Latin, Greek and
Cyrillic scripts), advanced OpenType typographic features and specialty
“When our Advanced Reading Technologies team first approached me in 2003
with the idea to develop a new collection of fonts I was intrigued. This
collection could enable Microsoft to both leverage the great work done with
our ClearType technology and bring a fresh new set of high-quality fonts to
our environments. The ClearType Font Collection has surpassed my
expectations in both respects and I am thrilled that we have been able to
make such a significant contribution to both on-screen reading and
typography in general.” said Bill Hill, Chief Reading Technology Researcher,
The 24 fonts in the collection are featured in Windows Vista and Microsoft
Office 2007. This agreement makes these fonts more broadly available for
license in any operating system by individuals, graphic designers and
“We are proud that Microsoft has selected Ascender to offer their fonts.
Microsoft has made a tremendous investment in their ClearType technology and
in these fonts. Their willingness to make these fonts available outside of
their new flagship products which incorporate these fonts is impressive,”
said Ira Mirochnick, President of Ascender Corporation. “The ClearType fonts
will appeal to a wide spectrum of users, especially those users seeking
fresh, high-quality designs or document compatibility with Microsoft’s new
Each typeface family in the Microsoft ClearType Font Collection has its own
personality and flair that are the hallmark of their particular designer:
- Calibri, designed by Luc(as) de Groot, is a sans serif design with a rich
soft character that makes the font suitable for documents, email and Web
design. Calibri is the new default sans serif font in Microsoft Office 2007.
- Cambria, designed by Jelle Bosma with Steve Matteson & Robin Nicholas, is
a serif design suitable for business documents. Ross Mills designed Cambria
Math, featuring an extensive character set for mathematical, scientific and
technical publications. Cambria is the new default serif font in Microsoft
- Candara, designed by Gary Munch, is lively but not intrusive sans serif
design suitable for email, Web design and informal settings.
- Consolas, designed by Luc(as) de Groot, is a monospaced font (like an old
typewriter) and good for programmers setting code (its core purpose).
- Constantia, designed by John Hudson, is a modulated wedge-serif design
ideal for e-book and journal publishing both online and in print.
- Corbel, designed by Jeremy Tankard, was designed to give an uncluttered
and clean appearance on screen.
- Cariadings, designed by Geraldine Wade, is a new symbol font featuring
typographic ornaments that can be used as watermarks, border enhancements or
The Microsoft ClearType Font Collection is available now for purchase and
download from the Ascendercorp website.
More information on the Microsoft ClearType Font Collection, including an 18
page guide to the development and use of the typefaces can be found here:
About Ascender Corporation
Ascender Corporation is a leading provider of advanced font products
specializing in font design, development and licensing. Ascender’s founders
are font industry experts, and have been involved in developing some of the
most important and influential fonts used in computers, phones and consumer
devices. Ascender provides multilingual, custom font development for
enterprises and hardware & software developers. Ascender also provides high
quality fonts for immediate download from the Ascender Font Store website
25 Northwest Point Blvd, Suite 225
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 USA
Phone: (847) 357 0730 ext. 10
Fax: (847) 357 0731
Trademarks: Ascender is a trademark of Ascender Corporation. Microsoft,
Cambria, Calibri, Candara, Consolas, Constantia, Corbel, ClearType, Windows
and OpenType are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks
are property of their respective owners.