I bought a Microsoft product. I don’t think I’ve ever actually bought a Microsoft product before. It’s not because I don’t use Microsoft products. I’ve been using their OS’es for close to two decades. At work I write my code with Microsoft developer tools, for use in close integration with the Microsoft Office platform.
But, apart from some games, I’ve never personally bought a piece of Microsoft software. It came with the PC, or my employer paid for it.
The product is OneNote 2010, which is sort of a scratchpad solution, a “note pad” if you will. I bought it because I use it a lot at work, and I found myself missing it when I was writing at home.
OneNote is a fantastic product. Actually the whole Office platform is. I don’t think people quite appreciate what a leap in user-friendliness the Office suite has been through in the 2007 and 2010 versions. It’s almost so I wish Apple would hire Microsoft’s Office team to rewrite iTunes. You know, to make using it not remind you of a Kafka novel. Maybe I’ll e-mail Jobs. See what he thinks.
But OneNote is the only Office product I would ever use at home. Word is for Documents, something I sometimes must produce at work. Nobody outside a business environment ever asked for a Document. Same with PowerPoint and Excel.
But OneNote: A giant blank piece of paper that is just sitting there, waiting for you to scribble a note or paste some info or start an essay. Beautiful.