Operating systems have evolved through the past years in a rapid manner. As the most important component in computers, changes in the operating systems have great consequences for users of computers. With the past changes in operating systems like the giant rise from command-line interface to the current graphical user interface, many common tasks became easier for the computer users.
Currently computer users are faced with difficulties when installing new hardware's and some software's because of technical issues. In this context one can expect to see many new wizards implemented with the operating system. Wizards are software's, which give automated step-by-step instructions to carry out a task which other wise would be very complicated for a basic computer user to carry out without technical assistance. Existing operating systems do carry admirable wizards for uninstalling and installing software's and hardware's (e.g. Windows 95. In the near future wizards will be integrated into the operating systems, which could carry out tasks like automatically cleaning up systems, deleting unnecessary files and further simplification of installment procedures of software's and hardware's, which can produce reports on what and what not a device or system can do. Wizards may also exist which may ask what to do at the moment, and even glance at the software you are currently installing and give suggestions on programs and documents for successfully accomplishing the task.
Many users, who are not aware of technical issues, encounter problems with file transfers between platforms. In a few years time we can expect this task to be simplified and non technical by operating systems which can distinguish non-native file formats and perform translations automatically into a configuration supported by the native platform.
Work is in progress to put out Operating systems integrated with browser features. Microsoft's strategy called Active Desktop was to use the browser metaphor for searching hard drives and surfing the Net. The future holds a date where HTML with Active X controls and Java might become THE file standards on a desktop and applications, their associated documents will be called through these HTML files. This means that the Network User Interface may replace the Graphical User Interface. Thus in the future you can access the web directly from the Operating System without opening a separate Web browser.
These are just a few of the changes that can be experienced in the future. These changes are worked out with the aim of easing the life of the many types of users around the world. Be prepared for a new experience in the ever changing world of computers.