A few of my favorite (tech) things this Holiday Season


Happy Holidays to all of my HealthBlog readers around the world. I wish you peace, happiness and prosperity in 2014.

As I have done each Holiday Season over the past few years, I would like to tell you about a few of my favorite things. Unfortunately, unlike the old Oprah Winfrey Show or the current Ellen Show, I will not be able to give away any of my “favorite things” here on HealthBlog. None-the-less, if you or someone on your gift list loves tech like I do, then here are a few of my favorite things for the Holidays.

imageDell Venue Pro 8 tablet computer: This little gem has been receiving rave reviews all over the web. It just may be the perfect clinical mobility solution for busy health professionals. It is small. It is powerful. It’s got an HD screen. It runs full Windows 8.1. It offers long battery life, the option for plenty of storage if you need it, and all the wonders of the full Windows OS and Microsoft’s stellar portfolio of cloud and/or on-premises productivity, collaboration, and analytics solutions. Every day there are more and more clinical applications and reference materials available for Windows 8.1 in the Windows Store. And, did I mention it will fit in a lab coat pocket? Don’t just take my word for it. Check out the reviews. If the size is a good fit for you (and by the way it can also provide a full desktop experience when connected to a display port via USB), then I can highly recommend this little 0.88 pound wonder.

imageSurface 2 Pro: While were on the topic of tablets let’s not forget the real powerhouse, the Microsoft Surface 2 Pro. Launched back in October, the next generation Surface Pro is built on the solid foundation of the first generation device, only it’s so much better, especially when it comes to battery life. I currently travel the world with my original Surface Pro. Everywhere I go, it is the star of the show. You see, all of my multimedia extravaganza keynotes that I give around the globe are built on and projected from my trusty Surface Pro. When I show Surface to clinicians and explain why it delivers everything that has been lacking in previous generation “consumer” tablets but on a device and platform that enterprise IT managers will love because it can be managed and secured, they flock to this machine. Of course, like the Dell Venue Pro, it runs all of your favorite and familiar on-premises or cloud applications from Microsoft as well as the many clinical and reference apps built for Windows. And by the way, there are other excellent tablet and convertible choices on the market from Lenovo, HP, Acer, Asus and others. The key word here is “choice, not one size fits all. Check them all out. This will be the year for clinical mobility on tablets.

imageActiontec ScreenBeam Pro Wireless Display Receiver: Imagine presenting at Grand Rounds in the hospital auditorium with your favorite clinical tablet in hand, and wirelessly projecting what is on your screen to the big screen in the auditorium, even high definition, full frame-rate video. With Actiontec ScreenBeam Pro you can wirelessly project to any big screen projection system or other display from any Windows tablet, laptop or ultrabook that is certified for Intel WiDi 3.5 and higher and all WiFi Certified Maracast Devices. If you have a tablet with the right specs and you are running Windows 8.1, it should work like a charm. You’ll find endless ways to amaze an audience with this little add-on. Great for teaching, presentations, rounds and much more at less than $70.

imageNokia Lumia 1020: Is it time for a new smartphone? Don’t overlook the Nokia Lumia 1020. You’ve no doubt seen it advertised. With a 41 megapixel camera and reinvented zoom, no other smartphone can match the beautiful, detailed photos and vivid HD videos of the Nokia Lumia 1020. No matter if you travel the world and write a blog, or just have a love for photography, you will enjoy this first class phone. To be honest, I currently own a Nokia 920 and use it during my world travels. It too has a great camera. But if I was looking for an upgrade, the 1020 would be it. That is, unless you have an appetite for something even a bit grander. If that’s the case, check out the specs on the Nokia Lumia 1520 with its 6-inch high definition screen. It is as much a tablet as it is a phone. I don’t think you’ll go wrong with any of these choices. I can also vouch for the Nokia GPS apps that come with these phones. No matter whether I’ve bee walking or driving, my phone gets me where I need to go. Great camera, great phone, and great travel companion. You’ll get it all with Nokia.

So there you have it, a few of my favorite tech things!

From all of us at Microsoft, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Bill Crounse, MD Senior Director, Worldwide Health Microsoft

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