Daily Archives: September 4, 2023

  • New fonts and templates, but with traps

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    ISSUE 20.36 • 2023-09-04


    Peter Deegan

    By Peter Deegan

    Whenever you start a new document by clicking “Blank” (or “New”) in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook, you’re almost certainly using Microsoft’s default templates and fonts.

    Microsoft has started pushing changes to those starting “blanks” for Microsoft 365 in a very special way that adds little compatibility traps for Office 2021/2019 as well as earlier versions.

    You’ve probably heard about the change in default templates and the arrival of the new Aptos font family. What I’ll explain here is the true scope of those changes and how they are quite different from past Office template and font changes.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.36.0, 2023-09-04).
    This story also appears in our public Newsletter.

  • MORE of your worst Windows 11 irritations solved


    Brian Livingston

    By Brian Livingston

    We’ll all eventually be forced to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. Microsoft says it’ll end security updates for Win10 on October 1, 2025, as I wrote in Part 1 of this two-part column.

    In today’s Part 2, I describe the two options we face: Hang on to our Win10 installations until the last possible moment, or take the time now to adopt Win11 and cure some of the worst bugs and stupidities that Redmond sent out the door with it.

    I invited my readers to send me fixes they’ve found for Win11’s problems. We’ll get into those workarounds in a minute. But before you go any further, please take a look at the first half of this two-part column and then review my previous exposés of Win11 that you may have missed.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.36.0, 2023-09-04).

  • Understanding Windows Subsystem for Android

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    Simon Bisson

    By Simon Bisson

    Fill the “app gap” by running Android applications on your PC.

    PC software is disappearing. Where there used to be full-featured desktop applications, there are now mobile apps and the Web. That’s a problem, especially when it comes to working with smart homes and financial services. We don’t always want to use a browser for devices such as doorbells and security cameras, and reaching for a phone to respond to an alert quickly takes you out of your flow.

    That all adds up to a growing app gap, with the PC rapidly left behind.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.36.0, 2023-09-04).

  • The season of devices


    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    It’s the time of the year when PSLs hit the menu.

    What? You don’t know what PSL means? Of course you do, because Pumpkin Spice Lattes arrive at those coffee shops you find on nearly every street corner. You can’t miss them.

    As summertime fades into fall, it’s also the season of rumors about the new phones and tablets that will soon hit the headlines. And that means it’s time for me to take a hard look at all my devices in this category.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.36.0, 2023-09-04).