There are so many things going on in desktop space.
In a previous blog, i already pointed to some examples on how touch, screen, and gestures are coming together.
I am an ex-Microsoft employee and still have some Redmond blood in my veins – so I am biased.
At home, I am currently on a Vista Home Basic, running on an HP-Mini, but i have to confess the temptation to switch to Mac. But it is so more expensive, and as far as i am personally concerned, not worth it (yet).
So yes, the UI of the Mac is cooler than Vista. Haven’t seen Windows 7 yet.
In the meantime some other guys have great ideas that Microsoft should jump upon.
Here is BumpTop 1.0 – You can download it today if you want to and find more info at BumpTop.
And there seems to be something cooking in Redmond. Have a look at the following trailer on the Copenhagen Project.
A warning: this looks like a typical very commercial Microsoft launch video.
However, it’s not done by Microsoft.
Copenhagen is a User Experience concept designed by Cullen Dudas and it’s done in Flash.
In his own words: “It is unique in the fact that it manages to bring together classic design, contemporary design, usability, and art.
Copenhagen shatters the composite prototypical event patterns people have developed for their OS, Windows. It is a collision of months of research, high visibility, proper affordance, accurate conceptual models, visceral experience, behavioral experience, and reflective experience, all coming together to create an amazing user experience.”
Oops ! He’s a student ! He’s not even working for Microsoft ! Hire that guy ! Or imagine what would happen if Microsoft went open-source and tapped into the creativity well.