Interfaces today, the operating system, the email client, the calendar, your contact list, your music player all have different interfaces. Because these are all, in a manner of speaking, separate entities, we have to interface with each application on their own terms. […] Enso tries to do what most operating systems and app suites have tried to and failed in doing for decades: uniting simple oft-used commands under a single, cross-app umbrella. Spellcheck, calculator, dictionary, web search and app launching, all bundled up in a sexy package. This universal commandline is clearly faster than launching and managing several different apps on your limited screen estate and it does beg the question: why haven’t these simplest of tasks been tackled properly before?
So perhaps, just maybe, such a universal commandline is the holy grail of operating systems, allowing you to manage app launching, calculations, conversions, copy and paste. How interesting it is then, that Google wants in on it. Google posseses a plethora of very different apps. They posses awesome search prowess, and their search box will handle simple conversions and calculations. Seems like a perfect fit?
It’ll be a real treat to see how Google handles the more advanced tasks; perhaps in the future, you’ll finally be able to red-eye correct your kids photos and proceed to add a calendar event for your next visit to grandmas, all directly in your email app. How many different apps would you use for that today? And could a simple commandline be the solution? Let’s play the waiting game.