In my effort to replace analogue systems in my life with digital ones, my Tablet PC has allowed me to completely replace the need to ever use a fax machine. I can send and receive faxes anywhere that I can get an Internet Connection. I can also annotate virtually any document and send via Fax. Here's how.
Office 2003 has a new feature called the Internet Fax Service. This allows you to send a fax of any Office document via the Internet. Here at Microsoft we have an internal Fax Service (not sure how that works) but you can also get service from a company like venali.
We also have an inbound fax service. Any fax sent to a Microsoft corporate fax number is digitally delivered via e-mail. This enables some cool scenarios like:
- Receive forms via Fax, complete on Tablet PC (sign documents etc) and send. No trip to the fax machine.
- Scan any document, use Microsoft Office Document Scanning (included with Office XP and 2003), edit using Microsoft Office Document Imaging, and send.
This is a huge time saver for me.