My laptop is running Windows 7 which makes for a smooth transition from the machines I use at work and the machine I use at home, I drag a window and pop it clicks in no matter what the machine. (I love this new feature)
I am slowly using my laptop less and less because of the iPad. I have had the iPad 1 for over a year and at first it was just fun and I used it all the time for fun, but now I am starting to depend on it more and more for the mudane needs I might have. Checking the weather, reading the newspaper, looking up an unrecognized bird, flower or word, reading the latest favorite book.
BUT this isn't quite where the trouble starts to occur. I can handle two different operating systems and their full application suite differences, the iPad Apple OS and Apps and the laptop(s) and desktop Microsoft Windows 7 OS and "apps". If I couldn't handle two I wouldn't be in the field that I am in (technology)
The difficulty starts when I start introducing even more. For instance I now have the Windows Mobile 7 Phone and it's marketplace. Now you would think that it is Microsoft so pretty good fit with the Windows 7 laptop and desktop, and to a certain extent it is. I can get Office on my phone and it looks and feels pretty much like my office applications on my desktop. Still it is different. There are applications in the Windows Marketplace for Mobile that are empowering and yet not available to me on my laptop or desktop. So the Windows Phone makes my third daily use operating system.
Now the challenging part : The Family network tripped me up this weekend an age old question of multiple devices and operating systems with a need to be on the same network!
Over the last six months my family has pretty much migrated to the iPhone. In fact of the five of us I am the only one without one and we are all starting to talk about Video Calls. Carl mentioned over the weekend that he uses FaceTime all the time with his friends.
So I went on a search this weekend in the Windows Marketplace for a video phone call app for the Windows Mobile 7 phone and I failed :( I also realized that even if I find a video phone call app the hope that it would be compatible with iPhone's facetime is pretty slim.
Now it would make sense if it WAS! but alas we have a competitive motivator to make sure it is not.
So although I like a LOT of things about my Windows Phone 7 this weekend I was sort of wishing I had an iPhone.
Lastly .. don't even get me started with Android. Everyone at work was scratching their head when I didn't upgrade to Google's offering, but my reasoning was clear to me. Why introduce a totally new vendor into the mix?
Now just watch - I am going to find a video conferencing app in Google's Android store :( that is compatible with iPhone's facetime.
Shoot maybe I should just get one of each and setup a control panel at home where I can drop each into it's respective seat. I could even repurpose the retired blackberry from my home inventory.