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Bill Gates Blogs How He Uses Office and OneNote on his Tablet PC



Photo courtesy Microsoft

Photo courtesy Microsoft

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.

Via Lifehacker



  1. Joe

    07/28/2009 at 9:06 am

    Hey, at least we know if Bill Gates is a tablet zealot then we’re not in danger of them going anywhere. :p

  2. Tim

    07/28/2009 at 10:38 am

    Anybody know what tablet PC is shown in the picture?

  3. Sumocat

    07/28/2009 at 10:50 am

    Tim: It’s a prototype from 2002. I wasn’t able to find a more recent, usable photo of Gates with a Tablet PC. Even though he champions the form factor, he can’t vigorously promote the one he uses since that would endorse one PC vendor over the others.

  4. Tim

    07/28/2009 at 12:26 pm

    And my quest to eventually replace my TC1100 with something more current continues…

  5. Gordon Cahill

    07/28/2009 at 5:22 pm

    It’s not a prototype. It’s an Acer C110. 10″ (1024×768) screen and pentium M processors. I have two C111’s and they’re still the best size I’ve used on a tablet PC. It would have been great if Acer had kept them going with upgrades to a C2D.


  6. Scott

    07/28/2009 at 5:36 pm

    Dear Bill,

    Please send my thanks to whoever was responsible for including OneNote in the Office 2007 for Home and Student package.

  7. Rob Bushway

    07/28/2009 at 5:59 pm

    Several years ago, he was using a Motion LE1700

  8. Mark (K0LO)

    07/28/2009 at 6:33 pm

    That article says “Posted Thursday, July 9, 2009” in the fine print but it reads like it was written several years ago when Office 2007 was brand new. I wonder why it took so long to be published?

  9. Paul Harrigan

    07/29/2009 at 12:53 am

    Actually, it was published several years ago — November 2007, according to the Microsoft blog. It appears to have been republished now, for reasons not clear.

  10. Sumocat

    07/29/2009 at 5:27 am

    Sorry guys, looks like I got zinged twice by inaccurate labels on this one. The blog post struck me as familiar, but I thought it was just a normal rehash, not a full reprint.

  11. bluespapa

    07/30/2009 at 10:54 pm

    Next they’ll publish it with “2010” substituted.

    Even so, both tablets and OneNote haven’t been explained to the public enough.

    OneNote is on every computer at my community college, and almost no one uses it, and when I do presentations using it, people always ask me what I’m using. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve explained, “It’s on your computer right now, it’s in your classroom teaching station right now.” They look at me doubtfully.

    As far as I’m concerned, Gates and every member of Microsoft should post that once a week.

  12. Ariana Gem

    05/24/2019 at 4:47 am

    Your article is interesting. I will definitely share it with my friends

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