Three Screens. One Desktop.

Bill Gates shared his work style with Fortune yesterday.

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).

Steve Rubel picked up the meme, and shares his work methods on Micropersuasion today.
These guys make me feel like a late adopter.

About David Burn

Native Nebraskan seeking the perfect pale ale in the Pacific Northwest. Disc golfer. Fan of Kurt Vonnegut, community radio and wolves in the wild. Copywriter and brand strategist at Bonehook. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp.

  • nancy

    does it have a smell?
    I mean natural like?

  • Shawn

    DB -
    How do you work?

  • nancy

    man, I didn’t even realize we got Fortune magazine delivered to this house. But it came in the mailbox today, and it was scented with perfume.
    funny. laughing funny.

  • Mike Flacklestein

    I live at 55808 Commonwealth in Seattle. Been up here before?