Branching Out: A Fanboy’s Journey Into Cross-Platform Living

Introduction

It is no secret that I am, unapologetically, a proud member of the Microsoft tribe. I love the things they’ve been doing the last couple of years and I can’t wait to see what’s next. But as I began Seeing at what my tech situation was going to look Like in the next year, I started wondering why I was so willing to lock into a single ecosystem.

Plenty of people live happily in one ecosystem. Apple users come to mind. Was I so eager to prove that you could live happily without Apple products that I was going to blindly dive into any alternative without really evaluating it?

Was I so eager to prove that you could live happily without Apple products that I was going to blindly dive into any alternative?In this five-part series, I’m going to figure this out. I’ve bitten the bullet and am going to get into the Android ecosystem and figure out a way to live as platform-agnostic as I can. I’m not going to pretend that I’m going to stop loving Windows Phone, or using Windows as my primary desktop OS. But there is a way to make all the big players play nice together. I can get everything I want on every screen without having to lock into one ecosystem.

So here’s my goal. I’m going to get to know myself, get to know how I use technology, and find out how to get the best out of all the options. I will use Windows. I will use Android. And yes, I will also use Apple, because there is something that every ecosystem does well.

And the beauty of this project is this: you get to follow along, and even participate if you want. In fact, I want you to participate. What are your solutions? What are your favourite gadgets? How do you stay productive in the mobile world?

I don’t want to be just another fanboy. There’s a way to break this brand partisanship wide open. Time to find out how.

Folks, what devices or services do you use? Do you stay squarely in one camp, or do you straddle the battle lines, picking and choosing from each ecosystem?

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