The replies to my previous posting about the Launcher have been excellent to read, please keep them coming.
Yes, I'll have several future postings about the re-designed workspace.
And in general, I wholeheartedly agree with Nathan that it's too complicated. But Notes is a victim of its own success. With 125 million users, there are bound to be people who use those items on the bookmark bar. I do admit that I'm very concerned with the "new user" experience for the Hannover release-- since everyone will be a new user. I don't want people to freak out because they can't find ANYTHING.
If Samantha had 25 items in her " More bookmarks" we'd have to put them someplace. I bet most of you are workspace-only users (I can say this because the results of a survey we did indicated that most of our users still are.) It would be much eaiser to design a product from scratch (oh, wait, that's what I was doing until my management asked me to work on Notes...).
The design team could produce something that is light-years better-- just like research indicates that the Dvorak keyboard is better.... but who uses that? So, we're focusing on more of a "stepping stone" model... nothing too radical... but an improvement, we hope.
Having said that, though, I am very interested in some of the other comments made.. and in potentially exploring them, like the "Work Centres" from Colin. ... On the one hand, the new Composite applications might be considered work centres. I'll post more on composite apps another day.
Feel free to give me more opinions about what to remove from the bookmark bar/Launcher. I'd like to be able to detect if Samantha ever clicks on any of them, and if not, just remove them. The several of you who said to remove things like IE favorites and More Bookmarks-- you never use them? If people did use them, what do you recommend that we do with the items in them? One giant flat list?