New fonts in Windows 10

Did anybody else notice this?

Update: Rockwell Nova also.

They’re hidden away in the optional features (“Pan-European Supplemental Fonts”), but easily installable from Settings -> System -> Apps & features -> Manage optional features.

Pan-European Supplemental Fonts in Windows 10

Most of these are a refresh on classic Windows fonts like Arial, Georgia, and Verdana, but they should come as a welcome surprise!

Georgia Pro Condensed Italic
Georgia Pro Condensed Italic

Happy prerelease testing!

Update: upon request, here are side-by-side comparisons of the new fonts. A subset of available weights/variants is shown in each case. Note that, in most cases, the “Pro” versions add new variants (e.g. Condensed, Light, Semibold, etc) but do not differ significantly in the Regular/Bold/Italic/Bold Italic weights from their ancestors.

Arial vs. Arial Nova
Arial vs. Arial Nova
Georgia vs. Georgia Pro
Georgia vs. Georgia Pro
Gill Sans MT vs. Gill Sans Nova
Gill Sans MT vs. Gill Sans Nova
Verdana vs. Verdana Pro
Verdana vs. Verdana Pro
Rockwell vs. Rockwell Nova
Rockwell vs. Rockwell Nova; in this case, the Nova font also has different metrics
Arial vs. Neue Haas Grotesk Text Pro
Arial vs. Neue Haas Grotesk Text Pro

12 Replies to “New fonts in Windows 10”

  1. Hi Frederick, do you know how to address this fonts in CSS? Can I simply use font-face: Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: 300; to get the Light version of Arial or do I have to type font-family: "Arial Nova"; or even "Arial-Nova"?

    1. The light variant only exists in Arial Nova, not in Arial. Also, since it is not a PostScript font, I suspect that "Arial Nova", Arial, sans-serif; would be the order you’d want to try, with font-weight: 300; .

      That being said, it’s too early to target these fonts, since they are not even installed by default. It wouldn’t render properly for most of the Internet.

    2. I just tested it out, and indeed you should use "Arial Nova" with weight 300.

      Perhaps you can integrate this into a font-family chain including the Helvetica typefaces, so that you get the best possible on Windows 10 and Mac. For example: font-family: "Arial Nova", "Helvetica Neue Light", "HelveticaNeue-Light", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; . (Maybe even include Neue Haas Grotesk?)

  2. great post!
    but, i dont seem to have the Pan-European Supplemental Fonts hidden in my Manage Optional Features setting… is this available on ALL versions of Windows 10?? Im wondering if it’s only on the free upgrade from 8/8.1. i just got this new laptop, with W10 already installed. not sure if that matters, in this case…

  3. Are you looking in “Manage Optional Features” only? It wouldn’t be there directly. You should go into “Add a feature” on that page.

    I’m on Build 10532 now and it’s still there, so you should be able to get it. Please comment back and let me know how it goes.

  4. Worked just like ya said — thanks so much for the response!

    On a personal note, I really wish there were more than one weight/style to go with Neue Haas Grotesk… thats the only one of the bunch to just give us one — ah, well.

    Thanks again!

  5. The “Pan-European Supplemental Fonts” package no longer shows up as an optional feature in a clean install of Windows 10 version 1511 🙁

    I wonder if it’s possible to extract the cached update file(s) from an older system and sideload them?

  6. Hi I’ve reverted back from windows 10 to 8.1 as I was having issues from the upgrade and have lost the Arial Nova font which I really loved – do you know if there is any way of installing it back onto windows 8.1? Please say yes 🙂

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