Microsoft

I like Microsoft. I think they do good work but are under appreciated. Here are some cool things I’ve noticed about their products and how they integrate to provide a fantastic user experience.

OneDrive Syncs automatically and is profile specific April 17, 2016 - One thing I really like about the way Microsoft handles their cloud file storage is that the files are pervasive across all the Microsoft devices I have for a given login.  When I sign into a PC at home with my personal Microsoft account, all my files are there.  Pictures I just took on my … Continue reading OneDrive Syncs automatically and is profile specific
Save your phone from the toilet with Microsoft Band December 5, 2014 - Admittedly this is probably not a big problem for most people, but if you find that pulling your phone out at inopportune moments has caused you disaster, then the Microsoft Band may be for you. I know someone who accidentally dropped their phone into a flushing toilet! I had a phone slip from its holster, … Continue reading Save your phone from the toilet with Microsoft Band
Picture to text in Word September 22, 2014 - Today, I decided I would just take a picture of our church choir schedule so I would have it on my phone for reference.  I remembered that Paul Thurrott on his Windows weekly podcast mentioned that the latest Microsoft Lens app could do Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and put the text and/or the image in … Continue reading Picture to text in Word
Google Glass is great, but its not what I need. I need the PPDA! September 1, 2014 - Google Glass is great idea.  The idea of having an always-on link to your Personal Digital Assistance (PDA) is appealing.  Unfortunately,  the execution in Google Glass leaves a lot to be desired.  For starters, it’s too distracting, both to the user and those around them. Questions arise such as “Is there wearer giving me their … Continue reading Google Glass is great, but its not what I need. I need the PPDA!

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