Latest ClearType news
Backwards Compatibility of TrueType
Instructions with Microsoft ClearType
Redmond, WA. - May 2009
This whitepaper by Greg Hitchcock teaches font designers how to optimize their fonts for ClearType.
Redmond, WA. - June 2009
Blog post by Greg Hitchcock discusses the engineering changes to ClearType in Windows 7.
Redmond, WA. - March 2007The online tuner has been updated for Windows Vista users.
Redmond, WA. - 30 January 2007Sample layouts and information is now available for download.
Prague, CZ. - 10 January 2005The latest issue of Typo magazine has an article on Microsoft's ClearType Collection fonts.
Redmond, WA. - 1 November 2004This Windows XP PowerToy lets you activate and tune your ClearType settings via the Windows Control Panel.
Redmond, WA. - 27 July 2004
Kevin Larson’s unabridged paper on the science of word recognition written from the perspective of a reading psychologist.
Redmond, WA. - 26 September 2002
Our updated ClearType Web interface for Windows XP allows users with Windows XP Service Pack 1 to configure ClearType for the rare BGR configuration of color LCD monitor as well as the more common RGB displays.
New York, NY. - 25 October 2001
Windows XP launches with ClearType support.
c|net - 24 June 2001
"Microsoft's finest achievement with Windows XP may have nothing to do with flashy features. The new operating system uses Microsoft's ClearType font-rendering technology, which makes text viewed on liquid-crystal displays (LCD) unbelievably sharp." Joe Wilcox for c|net.
MIT - 16 May 2001
Microsoft has received its first major ClearType patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Clemson, SC. - 11 April 2001
A study undertaken by researchers at Clemson University reveals that users preferred text rendered with Microsoft ClearType and that ClearType yielded higher readability judgments and lower ratings of mental fatigue.
Redmond, WA. - 16 May 2000A ClearType related paper 'Technical Overview of ClearType Filtering' was presented at the Society for Information Display 2000 conference today.
Redmond, WA. - 7 April 1999
Advice for hardware manufacturers.
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ClearType officially announced during COMDEX/FALL '98 -
26 January 2000
First ClearType screen grabs released to the public.
18 April 2000
First ClearType enabled product, The Microsoft Reader for Microsoft Pocket PC is released.
8 August 2000
The Microsoft Reader with ClearType is released for Windows based laptop and desktop computers.
25 October 2001
Windows XP, with ClearType support is launched.
26 October 2001
Online ClearType tuner released.
26 September 2002
Updated online tuner allows ClearType for rare BGR displays supported by Windows XP SP1 to be activated and tuned.
22 September 2004
Windows XP PowerToy version of the ClearType tuner posted.
Windows Vista and Office 2007 ships with ClearType Collection fonts and ClearType on by default.
Windows Vista versions of online ClearType tuner posted.