R.I.P. WYSIWYG – Results-Oriented UI Coming: Interesting post on the future of UI.
For the last twenty-five years, one user interface style has reigned supreme: the Macintosh-style graphical user interface. It’s now reached its limits, however, and will be replaced by a style that partly reverses some of its most treasured interaction principles.
[…] The focus is now on letting users specify the results they want, rather than focusing on the primitive operations required to reach their goals.
He points to this article at Microsoft with a screencap of Office 12. It’s an interesting shift in interface.