Three Monitors. One Desktop. Paperless. And No Vista....Plus Apple Turns 30 (Steve Jobs too busy to be at desk)
What's your desk look like? Paperless yet? Well, Bill Gates shared his work style with Fortune this week...
Bill Gates: We're finally getting close to what I call the digital workstyle. If you look at this office, there isn't much paper in it. On my desk I have three screens, synchronized to form a single desktop. I can drag items from one screen to the next. Once you have that large display area, you'll never go back, because it has a direct impact on productivity....I wonder if that is why the 4-year delayed Windows Vista PC operating system has been delayed till next year...maybe if he wasn't so bogged down in email and referred to actual paper progress report files...
The screen on the left has my list of e-mails. On the center screen is usually the specific e-mail I'm reading and responding to. And my browser is on the right-hand screen. This setup gives me the ability to glance and see what new has come in while I'm working on something, and to bring up a link that's related to an e-mail and look at it while the e-mail is still in front of me.
At Microsoft, e-mail is the medium of choice, more than phone calls, documents, blogs, bulletin boards, or even meetings (voicemails and faxes are actually integrated into our e-mail in-boxes).
I tried looking for an image of Steve Jobs' desk on Flickr and the search engines alas to no avail...probably because he's too busy thinking different and releasing innovative products that work.
Apple Computer just celebrated its 30th birthday...click here and here for a good retrospective.
posted by Chris Kennedy @ Friday, April 07, 2006,