How does the multi-billionaire master of Microsoft make use of Microsoft Office? Mr. Gates tells all in an entry on the Inside Office Online blog. Unsurprisingly, Outlook is his major productivity tool. A man in his position must constantly be in contact and be able to coordinate among groups. Along with that, he cites SharePoint as an “indispensible” collaboration tool. And where there’s collaboration, there’s meetings, which leads into my favorite part of the blog post…
Of course, collaborating often means meeting with my colleagues in person or remotely over the Internet via Office LiveMeeting. I always take a lot of notes about ideas to think about or things to follow up on. I try to bring my Tablet PC to meetings as often as possible so that I can use OneNote 2007 to write notes in ink that can later be searched or converted to text. Even if I forget my Tablet, I can scan a document or piece of paper and add that image to OneNote. One of the nice new features in OneNote 2007 is that it automatically recognizes the text in those scanned documents, so that it’s easy to search for them later.
So there you go: Want to take notes like one of the most successful entrepreneurs ever? Use a Tablet PC and OneNote.