Has anyone been watching the Bill Gates keynote speech at CES. Particularly the bit about Vista. It has to be said that it is to all intents and purposes a clone of OSX with some really quite nice additions. Points that I noticed are: Photo Editing: the original file is stored so that it can be retrieved at any time A Dashboard type environment An Expose type minimisation of windows Slideshows with nice transitions Central Photo and Movie management Fast Searching IE Tab Browsing Each of the above is like OSX but many have been improved such as the Alt+Tab window switching displaying realtime minatures of the the screens or the realtime minatures on the task bar. The Dashboard area is on the main screen. If the user is interested in the information the widget is explaining then they can drag the widget onto the desktop and and the functionality and detail of the widget expand into a mini application. Not all will do this it has to be said, but the concept is not even in OSX. I liked the tab browsing in the new IE where the user can see realtime miniatures of all tabs a manage them, i.e. close them, reload them or focus on them. Quite nice it has to be said. I have to say that the stuff that I use in OSX all looked to be there with enhancements and were I not someone that looked merely at the now I would be tempted. If the functionality demonstrated in Vista is as good as it appeared then the only things that would keep me with OSX are MS' security track record and the fact that Windows develops more slowly and I am therefore likely to have to wait for the next big chunk of nice to haves. I suppose there is also the fact that I am waiting on the new PowerBooks so that I can get Aperture which is an application like no other on Windows. If you are interested in the keynote you can find it here.