With Microsoft as dominant as it is (see Bug #1) we often need to look for compatibility options for a number of things. There are teams working on all types of compatibility issues but one of them is already taken care of (and I’m sure there are many more to come). This tutorial will allow you to install Microsoft’s Core Font package on your Ubuntu system, allowing you to see and use the same fonts that all of our Windows friends are used to.
Simply run the following command which will retrieve and install the Microsoft Core Fonts. (Note: license restrictions, of course, do not allow these to be freely distributed but Microsoft does make them available for download. This script simply downloads the publicly available files.)
sudo aptitude install msttcorefonts
After this is done cranking through the downloads you should now have access to these fonts the next time you launch your next Word Processing application. Enjoy your proprietary compatibility.