For some this may be old hat but for others new and useful information. This applies not only to Surface and Surface Pro but also to your Desktop or Laptop. Face it, font rendering in Windows is crap. Once you see how well this aftermarket rendering algorithm works you will be even more pissed at MS than usual. How is it possible MS cannot do this out of the box? If anything, font smoothing has gotten WORSE not better in Windows 8. Office 2013 is a joke of badly rendered fonts. Scary bad. Anyway, here is a solution. This won't work in Modern UI nor in Modern IE, but will work in Desktop and especially Firefox (where it makes fonts look amazing). Desktop IE works well but not quite as well as Firefox. Just download this file: gdipp_x64_0.9.1.msi - gdipp - gdipp 0.9.1 Beta for 64-bit Windows - Customizable Windows text renderers - Google Project Hosting and install it. No need to change options, just click click click and install. The render should start immediately without a reboot. If it doesn't reboot. Here is the page to describe how it works: gdipp - Customizable Windows text renderers - Google Project Hosting ** In Firefox you MUST disable "Hardware Acceleration" in Options > Advanced > Browsing for this to work. ONE OTHER CAVEAT: If you are designing queries or coding in Access, this can cause some weird font offset issues. If this is the case I recommend the earlier version: http://code.google.com/p/gdipp/downloads/detail?name=gdipp_x64_0.7.6.msi Still some issues but better. When I am writing large SQL's I simply paste them into Word, make changes and paste them back into the query builder. A pain? Yes, but worth it IMHO.