Prepare to be underwhelmed. The desktop of the future (short vid, medium vid, full vid) looks a lot like Mac OS X. By the desktop of the “future, ” they must mean the next year or so, because the one interesting, functional new feature that I can find is the concept of putting multiple desktops on the face of a cube, so you can have windows on multiple, identical desktops. I say the “future” is coming in the next year or so because that feature is exactly what Mac is striving for in OS X.5 with Spaces.
As a Mac user (don’t tell my employer), I think the desktop shown in the videos is cool. But is that really all we can do in the future? One cool new idea (spaces) and a bunch of meaningless aesthetic improvements (a physics engine for moving windows and “wrapping” windows around multiple desktops)? What can we do to account for larger screen sizes? What about a new device to interact with the computer instead of a mouse and keyboard?