Microsoft's Calibri font is at the center of a political scandal

From Engadget - July 12, 2017

A cursory glance at the history of Calibri reveals it became the default font on Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and WordPad in 2007. However, Microsoft's website states that version 1.0 of the font was available to download separately as far back as 2005. And, according to font consultant Thomas Phinney, Calibri was also available as part of a Windows pre-release in 2004.

These technicalities could prove critical if the country's Supreme Court decides to take further action. But that has not stopped the allegations from whipping up a frenzy in the Pakistani media and Twitterverse. "Calibri" is still trending in the country, with Twitter users using the term "#fontgate" to deride the government.

Oh. My. God.

Zarrar Khuhro (@ZarrarKhuhro) July 10, 2017

Govt. of Pakistan should declare #Calibri Pakistan's National Font. #FontGate #JITReport

Zeeshan Mahmood (@zeeshaandaar) July 11, 2017


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