Welcome

So how do you feel about Microsoft? I ask because we tend to consider products at an emotional level before a practical level. Advertisers have known this a long time. More on this later.

Me, I use Microsoft products every day in my personal and professional life. I fact, I’ll go so far as to say its because of Microsoft products that I am working in my current profession. Short history…

I got my first Radio Shack Tandy PC in 1991 running Deskmate and DOS. That was just the gateway drug. I started to play with software as I could afford it. Got hooked into BBS and learned DOS. I ordered shareware disks through mail order. I even signed up for a mail order course on PC repair so I could upgrade my device myself. Soon there were a few PC’s at work connected to some dot matrix printers. I would help with the occasional trouble shooting since IT was a 2 person department that could take a few days to respond. And besides, the typewriter worked just fine thank you!

Then Windows 3.1 was released. Our organization had already connected a few departments such as finance and medical records. There was the start of a computer network. I started another mail order course. Now internal demand started to grow beyond what could be supported. I was getting called by the executive office even though I was working in a clinical capacity. I typically knew enough that IT wasn’t required. I had 3.1 at home now and spent late nights just toying with how it worked. Then, as more functionality was brought on, they expanded IT. Hey, I knew this stuff. Now I’ve been working in IT since 1993. And its been on Microsoft products the whole way.

Windows 3.1, 3.11, 95, 98, XP, Vista, 7 and now 8. Office 3, 4, 95, 97, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, Windows Mobile 5, 6, 6.5, 7 and 8. Throw in Server, IE, FrontPage, SharePoint, SMS/SCCM, Windows RT, Surface, Bing.

So im a fan, a user of Microsoft products. I don’t sit and compare and contrast to other platforms. I don’t own Apple, Linux, Android, Blackberry or other platform. This blog is about Using Microsoft. I’ll offer experiences, tips, observations and commentary from the perspective of a Microsoft user and fan.

Now back to relating to products on an emotional level.

One of the things that drove me to start this blog is what I felt was some unfair negative spin by the press regarding Microsoft. I’ll preface my remarks by saying I understand Microsoft s not that perfect corporation and their products have not always been the most innovative. In fact, I thank Apple for the current innovations we are starting to experience in the mobile marketplace. The iPhone and iPad MADE the mobile market. However, I believe they fit a evolutionary need and Microsoft has responded by turning their entire direction to addressing this shift. But consumers and the press tend to work at a very emotional level. Microsoft isn’t the cool kid, they are the nerdy business guys. Didn’t you see the commercial? So Microsoft gets derided, criticized, ridiculed while providing software that continues to run the vast majority of the consumer PC’s and business infrastructure in the world. I think that makes people miss out on what I think are some of the most innovative and forward thinking apps, services  and devices in the world.

So this blog will be an effort to provide equal time to balance that emotional and, I believe, wrong headed view of this company and its products. I will tell you what I’m using, how I use it. Ill give hints and tips and comment on Microsoft mentions in the press. So regardless of your preferred platform, I hope you find it informative and useful.

Thanks for checking it out!

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