Microsoft Bringing Fonts and Language Packs for Windows 10 to the Store

Posted on November 23, 2017 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 20 Comments

The Microsoft Store isn’t just a place where users can download apps, games and movies for their Windows 10 devices. Ever since the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has been slowly moving core parts of the OS to the store, making them easier to update for the company. System apps like the Windows Calculator are now updated through the Microsoft Store, and the company also uses the store to add support for new media formats.

In the future, though, it seems like Microsoft is bringing more OS-related content to the Microsoft Store. The company will soon start releasing fonts for the OS through the Microsoft Store and the store listing for one of the fonts was spotted earlier today (thanks for the tip, Ducky!). Like just other regular content, you will be able to download and install the font on your device with a single click. It isn’t clear whether Microsoft plans on letting third-party font designers submit their own fonts to the Microsoft Store, which would effectively make it a lot like Google Fonts, but for Windows.

In addition to fonts, Microsoft also seems to be working on bringing language packs for the OS to the Microsoft Store. Listings for a  couple of “local experience” packs were leaked recently by Italian blog Aggiornamenti Lumia, and you’d be able to download these experience packs to install that language on your device in the future.

Microsoft bringing fonts and language packs to the Microsoft Store isn’t too much of a big deal, especially for things like fonts which aren’t updated as regularly as apps or games. The idea behind moving font downloads to the Microsoft Store could be to do with making Windows 10 more modular so that Microsoft doesn’t have to release an entire OS update just to update a couple of fonts.

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21 responses to “Microsoft Bringing Fonts and Language Packs for Windows 10 to the Store”

  1. gdt841

    Is it too late to point out to Microsoft that this is a typeface? A font is a combination of typeface, point size and decorations such as bold, italic etc. E.g. something that you could physically pick up and assemble to print a page back in the days of moveable type.

  2. Locust Infested Orchard Inc.

    Mehedi Hassan's Quote: "It isn’t clear whether Microsoft plans on letting third-party font designers submit their own fonts to the Microsoft Store, which would effectively make it a lot like Google Fonts, but for Windows."


    The media and bloggers alike are seemingly obsessed with both Google and Apple, attempting to draw similarities whenever Microsoft engages in a new direction or pursuit. In this instance the comparison with Google's font site suggests Google is somehow the font connoisseur, where all and one must visit Google's typographical heaven.


    With vast masses of people only beholding to names such as Google, Apple, Facebook, etc, behemoths such as Adobe are largely forgotten, yet it is Adobe who have a massive presence with all things concerning typography, including probably the largest source of high-quality OpenType fonts from world-renowned foundries, including Adobe, ITC, Linotype, and Monotype Imaging, as well as smaller font-foundries and talented individual font designers ( typekit.com/fonts?collection=all )


    Also let it be known that the most ubiquitous format of font is OpenType, which is a registered trademark of Microsoft. OpenType works on a variety of operating systems, including macOS, Linux, and even Solaris. Google on the other hand is a data-scrounging, data-thieving, privacy-invading, advert shunting, evil video promoting, tax evading entity.


    I come to Thurrott.com for some sanity, away from Google-biased media outlets, and it was my hope that you Mehedi Hassan, with your considerable affection for Microsoft, having written for years on MSPoweruser, would have injected your passion for Microsoft in your writing. Besides, there is an unwritten rule that news pieces on Thurrott.com should not seek to elevate either Google's or Apple's technological aptitude without due warrant, as is almost always the case on other sites, even to the extent where untruths and misinformation are rife, for example commentary about the iPhone X, www.thurrott.com/mobile/ios/142861/heres-reviewers-saying-iphone-x-facial-recognition


    So from here onwards, a little less Google / Apple conversation, a little more Microsoft action, please. All this Google / Apple aggravation ain't satisfactioning me. ?

  3. Eric Rasmussen

    Store apps are also sandboxed, meaning they can't do anything that affects the OS. This appears to be changing, so is Microsoft adding the ability to escalate privileges to store apps? This would be a big deal for developers too.

  4. rameshthanikodi

    wow Microsoft is actually starting to make sense with the store!

  5. visu9211

    Again, All these change to download Fonts, Language Packs etc. seems like MS wants to falsely increase the number of Store visits to say to developers that we had 5 Billion store views last year... They know that Store is mostly a deserted place and UWP is not going anywhere...

    • zankfrappa

      In reply to visu9211:

      if the number of visits increased because of people downloading fonts then you cant call in falsely increased. it seems like a lot of effort to go to anyway, especially when they could just as easily fake the numbers.

    • Locust Infested Orchard Inc.

      In reply to visu9211:


      Your comment is beyond ridiculous, for it is like stating Jeff Bezos', CEO of Amazon.com, recent acquisition of Whole Foods, is attempting to increase the foot traffic in his newly acquired venture, as well as sales of food and grocery on Amazon.com.


      In September, Microsoft rebranded its 'Windows Store' to 'Microsoft Store', so it makes sense for Microsoft to sell typefaces at the Store.


      If Microsoft decides in 2025 to sell commemorative cakes and party poppers celebrating 50 years of their technological innovation and prowess, I would be more than inclined to purchase some. You however, would continue to resent Microsoft's business ethos.


      Go shine Tim Cook's shoes. I'm sure he'll appreciate a Microsoft hater at his beck and call. No doubt once you've perfected the art of shoe shining, Tim will elevate you to a higher level, requesting you to shine items that require both finesse and stamina.

      • visu9211

        In reply to Locust Infested Orchard Inc.:


        Wow! I should shine Tim Cook's shoes because I have an opinion.


        I was a Windows Phone user and moved to iPhone... and have never looked back. All MS apps are much better on iOS than they ever were on Windows Phone...


        Also, I don't use any UWP app on my WIn10 laptop... nothing worth looking. And if you look at MS App Store on WIn10... Its waayyyy behind in terms on Quantity & Quality of Apps when compared with Android/iOS.


        MS is great on enterprise and I use it everyday... But when it comes to consumer stuff, I have no faith in them. I would be weary that they might pull support from Consumer Devices/Apps anytime because its not selling as well as they would expect.... And don't get me started on they US only sh*t....

  6. DaveHelps

    I kinda think it could be a big deal. Fonts require administrative privileges to install today, so moving to the store may be about more than just convenience - if it’s also a move to a trusted repository and installation mechanism that’s available to non-privileged users, it’s one less reason to invoke admin rights.

  7. Alex Taylor

    So does that indicate that we might install a font without being an Administrator?

    I try to run as a regular user, but there are an enormous number of things that don't play well with that, including fonts and stupid stuff like setting a connection as metered, that you presently can't do without admin privileges. (the metered connection is especially perverse - we trust you to connect to a network, but not to try and avoid downloading exabytes of updates over it?)

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