Taking the p*** out of M$ with OS's like 95,98,2000 etc is OK but I think we shoot ourselves in the foot big time if we try to do the same with XP. It has its faults but oh boy does it do the job for the those people who only want to <strong>use</strong> a computer to do tasks (i.e. my kids). Yes it holds your hand and "persuades" you to do things a certain way but that's exactly what a pure user needs ! You can always work around the persuasive techniques. What is a big shame is that RISC OS could very easily have both the nice simple front ends as well as the ability to open itself up for the enthusiasts. In most cases a graphic designer is all that is needed. I'm sure a ROS solution would be far far better and more intuative than the awful start menu on windows (NB I include the newer XP style in the criticism).
Anyone used Nero on an XP ? It's <strong>not</strong> Microsoft and it provides a very very neat interface to all those multimedia tasks some of which are possible but oh so awkward on RISC OS unless you know what you are doing. Again a nero style user interface is not difficult after all it's only an application launcher with slick graphics.
As well as the OS we have quite a few applications that do the job much better than PC's but are badly in need of a facelift. Again a lot of this is just an improved sprites file and templates file. Personally I think "skins" for everything is needed.