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Discussion of the new default font for Office 365 led me to realize that Microsoft 365 and [supposedly] the permanent-license versions of Office include Univers, which our esteemed host commented is similar to the new Aptos font. I have Office Professional 2019, and a friend has Office professional 2021. Neither of us has Univers.


Now that I know that I should have it, I would like to get it. However, I have no urgent need for it at the moment, so I don't want to spend money on it. Is there a legitimate way to obtain a legal copy that can be used for all purposes? I found a fonts site that offers a version on Univers that's free for personal use, but I self-publish books and I occasionally format book interios and design book covers for other authors. I long ago gave up trying to keep track of which fonts are only for personal use, so I now limit my font collection to those I am legally allowed to use for both personal and commercial purposes.


With that in mind, is there a source from which I can download the Univers family?

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1 hour ago, Riccardo Sartori said:

Univers seems to be a “cloud only” font, that should be available for for Office 2019 and 2021.

Alternatively, the only free-for-commercial-use version of Univers I am aware of is the poorly drawn FreeUniversal.


Thanks for that link. And therein I found the problem:


Cloud fonts are only available to Microsoft 365 subscribers. Documents that have cloud fonts will render correctly in Office 2019.

I'm not a Microsoft 365 subscriber. I have the "perpetual" licensed desktop version of Office Professional 2019. Apparently (obviously) Microsoft doesn't want me to have Univers.

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Apparently Univers used to be included in the software with Hewlett-Packard LaserJet printers. I wonder if I can find the CD that came with my old LaserJet. (Probably not -- sadly.)

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