Apparently the biggest two things are that:
- Microsoft has borrowed the OS X dock (or something similar) for Windows 7 and
- Multi-touch (based on their upcoming Surface technology) apparently plays a significant role in the OS
That\’s right – multi-touch, aka that technology which the iPhone brought to the mainstream last year. A desktop OS driven by multi-touch definitely sounds interesting, but it\’ll require dedicated hardware. Still, Surface is probably the most interesting thing that\’s come out of Microsoft in a long time, so I\’m genuinely curious as to how they\’ll integrate it into a standard desktop OS. In addition, I doubt this will supplant mice and keyboards as input devices – I\’m not sure I want to be typing my e-mail by tapping on a touch screen, or aiming my rockets with touch gestures.
Still – interesting developments, worth keeping an eye on.