Lawyers have been paying attention to the Microsoft Surface Pro and how the combo or hybrid laptop/tablet might be an ideal combination for a law practice. The release of Windows 10 is impending (skipping Windows 9) and some have called Windows 10 the “last release” of the operating system. What does this mean? As lawyers, what do we need to know about these new products?
In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell take a look Microsoft and the Windows platform, what Windows-using lawyers can expect, and the potential pros and cons of using a Microsoft Surface Pro for your practice. Tom discusses the oscillating success of Microsoft operating systems, why lawyers are hesitant to make updates, and what we can expect from Windows 10. Dennis analyzes interface changes and how they affect user experience, the expectations of Windows 10 personal use versus law firm adoption, and speculates about the lack of release interest. Also on this podcast, after having the Microsoft Surface Pro for six months, Tom discusses the pros and cons of using the laptop-like tablet as a lawyer and how it works with apps like OneNote. Dennis mentions several additional benefits including the use of Microsoft Office and ease of use in meetings.
In the second part of this podcast, Tom and Dennis revisit artificial intelligence to analyze what lawyers can do now to avoid technology negatively affecting their futures. Dennis encourages attorneys to embrace technology, learn to use it, and think creatively about how it can fit into the profession. Tom is excited about what technologies like Google Now, Siri, and Cortana, can do, but is skeptical about how it can be applied to lawyering. As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation you can use the second the podcast ends.