I recently wrote a piece about the Mac versus PC and it got me thinking about the man machine interface. I remember how great it was using the Mac as you did not have to worry about what application you were running only what object you wanted to work on. It was really neat as the system took care of the decision on what application.
Windows still focuses the interface on the application, not the object. They have the facility to work the same way but really it is not really designed to facilitate it.
Such a shame that method did not catch on. My theory is that the Windows interface was designed by programmers who think about applications, because in fact their objects are the applications, not the things the applications work on.