Microsoft intends to introduce a task oriented user interface (UI) for the consumer version of Windows NT, which will ship after the next version of Windows 98 due sometime in 2001/2.
The interface will include such subsets as a front end for dealing with personal finances, undertaking teleconferencing, handling email and writing a letter and Microsoft's aim is to simplify the desktop to prevent users from moving to single function, dedicated devices.
Jim Allchin, Microsoft's senior vice president of its enterprise division, said at the Gartner Group 'Windows NT in the Enterprise' conference in Palm Springs on Wednesday: "There will be another update of Windows 98 sometime in 2001/2 for consumers and the entertainment market. I believe we can spin the system one more time before we change to a task oriented UI."
"We can simplify the user experience by making it have a task focus without needing single focus devices. I'm not against them, but there's power in a task focused UI and you can do lots of things with a PC. It's a question of how many machines do users need, especially because it's so hard to synchronise them," he added.
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