With all of the latest talk about virtual machines no one can miss the impact they are bound to have soon. With dual core and quad core processors virtual machines will just be good common sense from a number of perspectives. Web sites will be able to do things however they wish – they will merely be interacting with dumb terminals – pushing images back forth.
In other news – Google brilliance. Using KISS(keep it simple stupid) they implement only the bang for the buck features and go lightyears beyond anyone else. Microsoft proved more clever and agile than IBM back in the day. It certainly seems as though Google is proving itself more clever and agile than Microsoft. This will be no quick fix for Microsoft. By the time you are a force of nature – it is too late to reroute the butterfly wings that started you in the first place.