Telegram will finally launch their group video calls feature in May

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Telegram announced that the iOS version of Telegram will be updated to support group video calls in May. The company originally planned to add the video call feature to its messaging service at some point in 2020, but the feature never materialised. Telegram did at least make it into the new year with one video call addition: end-to-end encrypted one-on-one video calls were added in August 2020. Telegram already offers end-to-end encryption on its one-on-one video calling, but the company hasn’t explicitly confirmed the feature here. The company announced it reached 400 million monthly active users in April 2020, up from 200 million in 2018. Some of that has to do with its competitor, WhatsApp, fumbling how it communicated its new privacy policy to customers, which inspired some users to leave the Facebook-owned app for Telegram and Signal. Despite seeming a bit less nimble, WhatsApp actually beat Telegram to offering end-to-end encrypted group video calls.

Microsoft is all set to retire its default Office font

Microsoft is changing its default Office font next year and wants everyone to help pick the new default. While there are more than 700 font options in Word, Microsoft has commissioned five new custom fonts for Office, in a move away from the Calibri font that has been the default in Microsoft Office for nearly 15 years. The five new sans-serif fonts feature a variety of styles, including traditional, modern, and even one inspired by German road and railway signs. Microsoft plans to set one as the new Office default font in 2022. Tenorite, created by Erin McLaughlin and Wei Huang, is the more traditional style out of the five. Microsoft is now releasing these five new fonts in Microsoft 365 so everyone can try them out before a new default is chosen. Polls and feedback will be considered as part of how Microsoft picks a winner, and the company is going to spend the next few months evaluating these new fonts and seeing which ones are proving popular. Once a decision has been made, the new default font will appear in Microsoft Office apps in 2022.

Solve your movie night indecision with Netflix’s new ‘Play Something’ shuffle feature

Netflix is officially rolling out its new “Play Something” feature today to all its users, adding a button across the streaming service’s UI to automatically suggest new shows and movies that you’ve never watched before. The Play Something button will appear in several places on Netflix’s app, including underneath your profile when you log in, the left-side navigation bar, and in the tenth row of Netflix’s homepage. The company has been testing the feature for months, under a variety of names (including “Shuffle Play”), but today marks its official worldwide debut for all Netflix users. To start, the company is rolling out the Play Something button on TV-based versions of the Netflix app, but it has plans to start testing it on Android devices, too. Netflix is stressing that the Play Something button isn’t just a random button that throws you to the metaphorical wolves of the streaming service’s nearly endless well of content. The button will show a variety of algorithmically curate content, including entirely new shows and movies, series or films you’ve already started, or something on your watch-list.