I’ve been letting last week’s WWDC settle in my brain and have been thinking through the various features both announced and alleged. I’m not particularly overwhelmed by the whole thing, but there’s enough evolutionary change to keep me comfortable as far as I can see. I’ll be buying it as usual, and no doubt there’ll be some kind of London-based nerd install party, probably around Matt Webb‘s house which I’m already looking forward to.
Weirdly the thing that I found myself most excited about in the keynote however wasn’t Time Machine or the new Mail.app with ‘to do’ integration (drool) or the new multiple desktop managers. It was the new version of iChat. And it’s not because of the ludicrous video backgrounds that I’m sure we’ll all be using even as we sniff at them (useful for people who are cheating on their spouses, I imagine).
No, the reason I got so excited was the ability to screenshare – for me to find someone on my iChat buddy list and basically give them control of my computer:
For some reason Steve didn’t talk around this feature during the keynote, but I almost can’t describe how useful this is going to be – and why? I can’t really need to explain! To help my parents with Tech Support! I persuaded them to buy a Mac at the beginning of the year (they got the last of the iBooks, which is almost a shame now the MacBooks are out) and they love it, and they’ve only had a couple of very minor problems, but being able to walk them through things they’ve done wrong, or fix problems that have freaked them out is going to be completely awesome. Another reason why the Mac is moving from being the computer for designers, through being the computer for designers and technologists through to being the computer for pretty much everyone and their families. Lovely job.