Experiment: Going full Microsoft for two weeks
Posted on 03-24-14 11:13 pm

I'm doing an experiment, starting now. For the next two weeks, I'm going to be going full Microsoft. I'm doing so because I feel like we all, myself especially, hold biases against companies, products, or brands, without fully accurate or up-to-date information to base these biases on.

I've spent phases of my life hating and liking different companies for different reasons, but I feel like now is a good time to try an experiment, and see exactly where Microsoft's full ecosystem succeeds and lacks in my life. I've always mixed and matched services, so I'm curious to see how it goes using one company's full stack exclusively.

For the next two weeks, I'll be using Windows and Windows Phone, the Microsoft mail clients for both, Windows Live/Outlook calendar, Bing, and SkyDrive, exclusively. The one exception I make is, of course, at my job, which happens to be Mac based. It'll serve as a good control group to compare my daily experiences with.

I expect most things to simply not change, some things to improve, some things to get worse, and some things to be drastically different. That's the kind of sentence that gets you half way to a graduating thesis, anyway.

This is one of many experiments I'll be doing, but it seemed most relevant for WPH, so it's back to Windows Phone I go. Any suggestions, advice, etc., is appreciated!

With my Lumia 620 in hand and Surface Pro 2 on desk, this experiment begins.

**Follow up: I went full Microsoft for two weeks; here's what I learned


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