I am at Microsoft Build where the company is taking the wraps off its new tablet-friendly Windows 8 operating system. No freebies for influencers at BUILD (fail!) but the developers here will all be taking home the shiny. I can’t give you the specs of the machine – its under NDA til later on, but there are plenty of folks that will write that up in detail.
So let me focus on how I work, and how Microsoft can keep me using its tools. That’s right folks- I use Windows 7 on a Thinkpad, and I am pretty happy with it. I sweated XP to death, but have found Win7 to be a decent OS since I swapped over.
I am fan of Google Docs, which Redmonk runs, but I like Outlook, and the integration between those systems is sweet. I don’t really enjoy the classic gmail look and feel (I know, I know, it must be an age thing), so I was pleased a few weeks back when Google released a new offline client to run in its Chrome browser, with slick if limited functionality, and a more Outlook-like look and feel – namely with previews. The app is available from the Chrome web store – if you’re a Google Docs user you should definitely check it out.
Which brings me to Window 8 and the Build unboxing. One of the useful things about Android phones is the way I can just enter my password, and the phone has all my contacts, calendar events and email ready to go. Of course Microsoft has done the same thing with Windows 8, but …