A prototype of the direction we are thinking of taking Launcher in particular, and Enso in general.
Having to change programs to perform simple tasks—for example, making a quick calculation, or looking up a definition—breaks your concentration, takes you away from the task at hand, and wastes your valuable time. Enso lets you do common computing tasks easier and faster than ever before. You get a huge productivity boost and a simpler digital life. And now that Enso is free, it won't cost you a penny.
Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal explains:
Enso is dead simple to use. You just hold down the Caps Lock key and type an Enso command, which is displayed in a translucent overlay. Once the command is typed, you simply release the Caps Lock key to activate it, and the overlay disappears. If you type fast, it all happens in a flash.
For instance, to launch the Firefox Web browser, you just hold down the Caps Lock key and type "open firefox." To look up the meaning of the word "proclivity," you just hold down the Caps Lock key and type "define proclivity."
Turning Caps Lock into a command key might sound strange at first — no other software works that way, does it? — but our philosophy is that interfaces can't hope to be better than what you're used to unless they're different from what you're used to. You'll find that Enso is different in a lot of other ways, too. Give the Caps Lock method a try. If you don't like it, you can of course configure Enso to be activated in the way you prefer
We have many ideas for possible Enso commands, but we need your help in determining which ones are the most worthwhile for us to create. Beta products are works-in-progress: They give you snapshots of Enso's evolutionary process, which means that they'll have unfinished corners. That's where you come in: You will largely determine which new features and new products we release! By letting us know which betas you like, which ones you find to be most useful, and which features you'd like to see, you help us to decide what to work on next.