Keep Track of Your Life with Windows 8 and Dell
Planning a major life-cycle event is not much fun to begin with. Add to that doing so after having moved halfway across the country to a new city. That’s what happened with us when it came time to plan our daughter’s Bat Mitzvah, having just moved from New York City to Houston Texas. I needed a desktop/tablet/phone solution to keep track of guests, evites, gifts, and when we decided to self-cater, menu and supplies. Fortunately, while other operating systems may have “an app for that”, Dell and Windows 8 have the solutions built right in.
The Live Tile screen at the start of Windows 8 is a great way to keep track of my basic workflow. I can see if there are any emails or quickly navigate to my calendar. To be blunt, I found previous versions of the built-in Windows calendar utterly boring. The smooth, full screen interface on Windows 8 is uncluttered and let me focus on what I needed to do next, instead of a bunch of alerts from my social networks, etc.
Speaking of alerts, while many feel Microsoft dropped the ball on Notifications in Windows Phone 8, they sure didn’t on Windows 8! A notification feature called Toast is baked right in to Windows 8, and I rather love it. One app that takes great advantage of and is perfect for the party planner is Reminder Toast. It doesn’t matter if you’re working on the 10” screen of the Latitude 10 tablet or the stunning 23” display on the Optiplex 9010, you can get all the reminders you need. The only thing wrong with Toast is that no-one has ported it to Windows Phone.
Then there’s the email app. While I use Gmail for the most part, I am not a fan of their web interface. The built in mail client on Windows 8 is, like the Calendar, so much smoother than the interface on Google’s site. I especially love tapping emails to select them for mass deletions on touch enabled devices like the downright sexy XPS 12.
Even better for someone who frequently switches devices is that Windows 8 can sync my account settings from device to device. Doesn’t matter if I’m using an Inspiron, Optiplex, XPS, or Latitude – everything that I need is there, across Dell’s entire line.
How was the Bat Mitzvah? Just grand, thanks for asking. And thanks to Windows 8 and Dell.
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