Bill Gates’ Paperless Office
I admit I’m not the biggest fan of Bill Gates, while I worship at the altar of Steve Jobs. This little article from Fortune Magazine intrigues me though. Granted, Bill Gates is using all Microsoft products to work digitally, but aren’t most of us? I can’t really ding him for encouraging use of his products, as most of them are the standard.
Like me, Gates uses a tablet PC. I think it’s safe to say he uses his much more effectively than I do, but I’m still learning.
Paper is no longer a big part of my day. I get 90% of my news online,
and when I go to a meeting and want to jot things down, I bring my
Tablet PC. It’s fully synchronized with my office machine so I have all
the files I need. It also has a note-taking piece of software called
OneNote, so all my notes are in digital form.
The one low-tech piece of equipment still in my office is my
whiteboard. I always have nice color pens, and it’s great for
brainstorming when I’m with other people, and even sometimes by myself.
The whiteboards in some Microsoft offices have the ability to capture
an image and send it up to the computer, almost like a huge Tablet PC.
I don’t have that right now, but probably I’ll get a digital whiteboard
in the next year. Today, if there’s something up there that’s
brilliant, I just get out my pen and my Tablet PC and recreate it.