Well, after a lot of discussions about our feature suggestions and what Vista should have been, what do you think is realistic we will see in 2009/2010 in the next version of Windows even if we don't known much about Seven and what has changed inside of Microsoft jet (beside of that Sinofsky is now the Windows-boss, a lot of people from the Office team are working on Seven, MinWin, multi-touch features...)?
What I think is realistic:
- IE8 (or 8.5) with a download manager and thumbnail previews on tabs the same way like in the taskbar (maybe also released before Seven)
- IE running in a virtual machine/sandbox
- new version of Media Center build on a new framework (like the new Zune software) with the old Messenger back from XP's Media Center, movie rentals, IPTV, arcade games
- modular OS with a small kernel and individually selectable components like the "Server roles" in Server 2008, maybe where you only have to buy what you choose to install: Windows Mail for just 4,99! (a little bit like what we have now with all the Vista versions and Anytime Upgrade)
- virtualisation of legacy Windows apps/games with maybe an integrated XP-core
- some WPF elements and animations all over the system, but not a complete WPF based shell
- new Sidebar using WPF, is resizable and loves Silverlight gadgets
- taskbar is really resizable, using WPF
- a new powerfull replacement for Flip 3D as a real taskbar alternative (heavy on the multi-touch support)
- system-wide multi-touch gestures
- less text in dialogs
- all control panels using the new style introduced with Vista
- no import font dialog
- and an improved ui quality (improved and more consistant look, less old icons, less glitches)
What do you think?
P.S. Sorry for my bad English...