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Bill Gates: How I work

April 4th, 2006 by admin

I found this article very intresting to read, since it shows what Microsoft have researched and developed for computers.

Bill Gates chairman and chief software architect, Microsoft, U.S.A.It’s pretty incredible to look back 30 years to when Microsoft (Research) was starting and realize how work has been transformed. 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.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 get about 100 e-mails a day. We apply filtering to keep it to that level—e-mail comes straight to me from anyone I’ve ever corresponded with, anyone from Microsoft, Intel, HP, and all the other partner companies, and anyone I know. And I always see a write-up from my assistant of any other e-mail, from companies that aren’t on my permission list or individuals I don’t know. That way I know what people are praising us for, what they are complaining about, and what they are asking.

We’re at the point now where the challenge isn’t how to communicate effectively with e-mail, it’s ensuring that you spend your time on the e-mail that matters most. I use tools like “in-box rules” and search folders to mark and group messages based on their content and importance. I’m not big on to-do lists. Instead, I use e-mail and desktop folders and my online calendar. So when I walk up to my desk, I can focus on the e-mails I’ve flagged and check the folders that are monitoring particular projects and particular blogs.
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