Bill Gates Work Place

By: Subhash

First, Gates has synchronised his three screens to function as one large desktop. He can use his mouse to drag items from one screen to the next. Gates has said of this, "Once you have that large display area, you'll never go back. It has a direct impact on productivity." Gates says this setup allows him to monitor new developments even while he's working on something else. He can "bring up a link that's related to an email and look at it while the e-mail is still in front of me." 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.

How he works
At Fortune, Bill Gates talks about his workflow and his organization system. On top of his marketing stuff on his products, he talks about couple of key things that involves in his daily work life. Here are some key points:
Paperless
Email is the first communication medium
Bill Gates gets about 100 emails a day on average. But that's because of rigorous filtering which means only e-mails that he has corresponded with are sent directly to him. An assistant provides a write-up of e-mails who are not on his permission list or from unknown individuals. E-mails are crucial to Microsoft because that is the company's medium of internal communication, more so than telephone or anything else. Of course, Microsoft's e-mail systems integrate voice mail and faxes. Gates uses tools like "inbox rules" and search folders to mark and group messages based on content and importance. Gates admits he is not "big on to do lists" and instead uses e-mail, desktop folders and an online calendar. That way he walks up to his desk, focusses on flagged emails, checks folders monitoring specific projects and looks at a few select blogs. He claims to be "very disciplined" about ignoring Outlook Express's notification box signaling the arrival of new e-mails.

Focus on Rigour
Discipline and focus, believes Gates, are the key to handling the problem of information overload. But he warns that the other problem is "information underload." As he once said in a Fortune article, "Being flooded with information doesn't mean we Left screen This is where Gates keeps his e-mail accounts Centre screen He keeps the specific e-mails or document he is working on here Right screen Gates keeps his internet browser here have the right information or that we're in touch with the right people."

Gate's Solution
Gates observed that digitization of the global economy, evolution in the way people work and breakthroughs in software development are among the trends driving this opportunity for Microsoft, its partners and customers. Bill Gates described how Microsoft is helping customers improve business results by better bridging business processes and business practices. The convergence of business systems with personal productivity software tailored for specific employee roles will enable the people-ready business.
Share point, a programme that creates websites for collaboration on specific Projects and has plans, schedules, discussion boards on each project all put together. The other tool he swears by is desktop search. This allows him to collect all the information on a theme in one fell swoop, without waste of time.

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