From Mary Jo Foley at Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft has moved 10 of its social-computing experts from Microsoft Research onto its Windows user interface team. Will the ‘Aero’ interface be more interactive, as a result?
Social-networking technologies, including blogs, Wikis, and RSS, are likely to play a key part in the Longhorn "Aero" interface, based on a recent reorganization made by the Redmond software developer.
The social-computing group has been working with the Windows team for several years on prototyping future user-experience projects. The social-computing team included a mix of designers, developers and social psychologists focused on developing a better understanding of the individual and better ways of communicating and sharing.