But isn't it exactly
the same as vista, where you're limited to modules and predefined gadgets? I've used Desktop Sidebar
for years and it's been the best type of launcher, dashboard, or bar of any kind. The thing even comes with it's own skinning program - and there are already about 200 on the site.
You can launch apps, folders, have a media player running, and everything from icons to themes can be changed. Why doesn't microsoft run that with their software? Just think of all the advertising they could have on the bottom like messenger.