Need to find a replacement for Microsoft fonts for a 'metro-style' UI design project. Just wondering what the best replacement might be because of Segoe's evolution from Fruitger.

In terms of a suitable font replacement, I would have thought that the main criteria is for the font family to have styles in different weights (Light, Regular, Semibold, Bold, Extra bold, etc), and that the general look and feel is similar enough and would fit with a interaction (and tile) based visual styling.

I thought about something like Clear Sans or Open Sans, but what are people's experiences with them?

A list of possible alternatives (in no particular order):

  • Open Sans
  • Clear Sans
  • Droid Sans
  • Noto

I personally love Open Sans. I've used it for a number of different projects and found it great to work with. Glyph and language support is exceptional, readability is great even at small sizes, and I could go on.

Be advised that Google recently changed the name to Noto for some reason.

Webly Sleek is also very similar to Segoe, and has good glyph support.

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    Noto is actually a variation of Droid Sans, so it's more of a cousin than a renamed version. – spiral May 7 '15 at 12:25
  • Oh, I was told it was just a rename... Anyways, both are still around, so OP can take his pick. – PieBie May 7 '15 at 12:29
  • Why do you think Webly Sleek is similar to Segoe? I found the look and feel quite different. – Michael Lai May 8 '15 at 0:17
  • I added an image comparing the two. Except for the Q, I don't see ant major differences? – PieBie May 8 '15 at 7:27
  • Perhaps I should take that comment back, but I am sure there would be other differences for other upper case characters and also the numbers between the two fonts? Otherwise it would be almost an exact copy? – Michael Lai May 8 '15 at 14:09

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