I like the Vista interface, but I know that under the covers Vista is a bit bloated. I've blogged before that the one of the problems with the Vista vs. XP debate is that not every computer needs the power user UI of Vista. Many production machines are better off with the lighter weight XP.
Now we hear that Windows 7 won't be the redesigned microkernel MinWin that was talked about last year. This well written, thoughtful NY Times tech editorial calls for a new kernel for a new Windows. As a huge fan of Windows and one who wishes the very best for Microsoft and the Windows user base, I too would like to see the next Windows be a hit out of the park, not just Vista with multi-touch.
It's time to make a clean break from the past and architect a new kernel that's designed for multi-processors, SSD disks, and virtualization. Modern virtualization means that compatability can be accomplished with VPC running XP. It's time to shrug off the shackes of compatability. I have no doubt that Microsoft can do it. Come on Steve, build a Windows that will make everyone want to jump from XP!