Windows has become stagnant and more derivative over time. Vista was kinda of mad dash to copy other OS's and what they were doing right. This evolution mirrors Microsoft as a company ( not fiscally but identity wise). So as it turns out nothing lasts forever and windows might fall of it's high horse. I like windows and hope it does not but it could happen.
What should we take with us from all this? Well Windows became pupular beacuse it's GUI was simple and effective but could scale well with 3rd party software. Also the standartization that Windows brought to the industry really helped the PC grow as a platform. I personaly would like to have a very basic OS standardized across the board ( drivers and such) which comes with every PC sold. Then 3rd party software could be made to change this OS to the end users need. A body could oversee it's development and everyone would be happy beacuse they could change it's look and feal at anytime. Nevertheless my idea is a mixed bag and has many flaws ( but I like standarts).
I can't wait to see the AMD hand movement recognition system at work... now for that I would pay big... imagine... being able to move things on a screen like a conductor, like Minority report... only better.
Seriously now, touch-screens?... Just imagine having to stay with your arms stretched in front of the monitor... for hours... it's damn awful... minutes even and it's a big pain in the rear... neah... touch-screens are for good keyboards only. Hand gestures... now that's the future.
Are you refering to the PC hardware architecture (front side bus)? Being the Vista was written from the ground up, I don't understand the analogy. The kernel, driver model, and many other features are new.
What I see as dated is the exterior, or body design. People (like my parents) find the file system difficult.
"Where the hell is the file I just scanned?". "How can I send it as an attachment in an email?"