I have seen the future. The future is Wii and Virtual Reality.
Pssst, Microsoft, if you want to kick Google's ass, then you better give up on this 2 dimensional PC screen and mouse and mobile handset and move yourself to 3 dimensions before someone else does. Give it up! Let Google have the 2 dimensional world. Take a risk and move into the real world!
Vista Pah! Office 2007 Pah! Get yourself a Nintendo Wii, have a bit of 3D fun and then have a think about where to take us for the next decade. Bloody Office 2007 is not the answer. Yeh it will keep Microsoft in business for a while, but to do what afterwards? If you think that ribbon is impressive then you're narrowing your horizons.
I'm telling you, that Nintendo Wii handset, married with some simple Virtual Reality, will give you a view of technology which will set us free from the screen and mouse. We as humans do not think or work in 14" or 15" or 19 inches, let alone two and a half inches. Jeez, I'm telling you, it is not that difficult to do if you set your mind to it and focus on it.
Ok, you need to work out a way to give a wall size view of a spreadsheet with perspective, or a MindMap (are you listening MindJet), and enable a glove, or Wii type handset to move the data around. Sure if you can allow that two handed expanding type interface, even better, but keep it simple to start with. I've been trying out a few old games, Space Invaders and JetPac, and it's their simplicity that made them great.
Talking of which, the kids and me, finally have a game console. Our Wii friends in Sydney gave us their Nintendo GameCube and MarioKart-Double Dash, so we're only 10 years behind everyone else now! But looking over the shoulders of kids playing on the Sony Playstation 3, I don't see that much difference between a Mario GameCube and two generations on. There is only so much you can do to make two dimensions look like three dimensions, which ends up as 2.5 dimensions!