These days the big push seems to be integration between local machines and the Internet. Software and the 'web are slowly melding together in such a way that the lines will soon become slightly blurry.
That's what they said about Windows 98 too. I hope it doesn't happen this time around either. In Europe there is a big push towards making just about all internet trafic fair game for retention and monitoring on a grand scale. While it differs from country
to county the general direction is clear: privacy is way down on the priorities. So having full control over what information that leaves the local machine is more important than ever.