After the Election: Getting Mac and PC to Start Talking


I have a minor quibble with my communications systems. throughout the day – based on the numerous initiatives I am involved with, I need to monitor 6 email accounts, WhatsApp, iMessage/SMS, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Skype, LinkedIn and Twitter. This is just off the top of my head by the way and its maddening.

I also monitor a web chat account from time to time to ensure coverage. Sometimes i also message via Slack and BaseCamp among others.

In short, I feel most of my life these days is switching between Windows and iOS and various messaging apps.

Can’t we all just get along?

As many of us head to the polls and cast our votes, we hope that:

  1. There will be just one winner tonight.
  2. Whoever wins will reach out to the other side and get a dialogue going.

But tech it seems can be as bad as politics. Why don’t iMessages show up on PC screens yet? Sure, I know the answer but isn’t it about time Apple worries less about locking people into it’s ecosystems and more about customers? Ditto for all the others mentioned above.

We need less friction in our communications – and our government.

Let’s hope 2017 is a positive year from both perspectives.

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