Be it Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or otherwise (no matter what your social flavour of choice) the Surface 3 and OneNote can enhance your profile in exciting new ways.
There’s plenty to love about the Surface 3, the tablet introduced by Microsoft that acts as a wonderful extension to your PC and – if you have one – Windows phone. You can check out our review of the key feature here, but a noteworthy highlight is the way the capability of OneNote and The Pen to connect your everyday experiences with your social networking crusades.
OneNote is a program available as part of Microsoft Office and it has actually been around for over a decade. Despite this, it has never quite entered the general conversation the same level as applications like Word, Excel and PowerPoint have. On the Surface, however, OneNote becomes a brilliant bridge between your social activity and the tablet’s various features.
The Pen, which is the name of the stylus sold separately for the Surface 3, is where the fun begins. After you Bluetooth sync The Pen and link it to either the desktop or app version of One Note – the former being more feature rich, the latter better streamlined for touch – a tap of its button automatically opens OneNote. Even if your Surface is off and locked, OneNote instantly appears on your screen. So you can instantly jump into the action if something happens and scribble down a note, take a recording or shoot a video.
The true beauty, however, is in double-clicking the top pen button. At any time, you can do this and whatever is on your screen at the time will be captured and copied into a new note on OneNote. You can then crop it, cut it and move sections around as your see fit. Or better, using The Pen you can write text or draw images – in multiple colours and styles - directly onto the screen capture. Then, straight out of OneNote, you can upload the resulting, doctored image to your social network of choice, save it for later use or share it amongst friends
Are you starting to see how this can be very, very cool?
Think of the possibilities when you can take a screen grab of anything, send it straight to OneNote, add your own funny caption, or piece of information, or dodgy graphic, and then share it to your followers. You can offer an immediate point of difference and instant personality to anything. It is not only screen grabs, either. Photos, video and audio can all be sent through OneNote to the world, personalised and poignant.
It’s quick, simple to use and very effective. If you have aspirations of being a social butterfly and building an army of followers that hang on your every post, we recommend exploring the Surface 3.