I think I can finally see why folders are on the way out - they're a departure from the reality that all of our files are just ones and zeroes, contiguously or otherwise spread out on spinning platters (SSD-folk excluded, of course). The hierarchical organization made sense back when search and indexing was primitive and underdeveloped, like back when the Web was AOL, Yahoo, and Altavista. I still remember Yahoo Groups, or something like that, where sites were organized hierarchically, and you'd browse to a site like Neowin by clicking on some sequence of links like "Communities > Forums > Technology."
Then actual searching came along, and at least search engines haven't been the same since, but the Desktop has kinda lagged behind. It is a little surprising if you think about it - a lot of people have completely different workflows for finding "bieber remix.mp3" online as opposed to finding "technical documentation 14662.docx" on their own computer - especially people from the days of XP, when hierarchical organization was still more or less the only way to go about anything locally. Now, file content can be indexed, and isn't that really what is important? It isn't the name or the place that we saved something that is actually relevant when we're looking for it. We want the content, and search - if powerful enough - eliminates the need for this fantastical overhead of where some file exists on our spinning platters.
Oh, as far as Windows 8 goes, I'd like for them to tone down the auto-Aero colorization, or make cool colors the dominant determinant of the window frame color. I'd like for them to continue working on performance. I think this issue is especially noticable since 8 is shipping with some apps, while Windows 7 shipped with almost nothing but the barebones OS. They should continue to work to improve the Music, Mail (IMAP!), Videos, and Photos apps.
I still think that they should include a quick and easy editing pane that allows users to set their own Start Screen background - simply apply a blur and desaturate in the appropriate areas - should be enough to fix most images. Of course, they need to include a feature that slaps the user should they still manage to create something ugly.
That was an interesting post. I definitely can see something like .mp3 management, which as long as you have correct metadata, every app in every platform will see it correctly in genre, title, date, etc, no matter the folder/file organization. But I think we're still very far from having something like that, some file management is eventually necessary.
In fact, I think tradicional file management isn't going anywhere. The explorer in Metro is the Skydrive app,
I'm serious, I have my Windows Libraries synced with Skydrive.
No matter what Windows 8 PC/Tablet (friends, work, colleagues) I use in the future and even in Windows Phone, my files will be right there in Metro, and permanently synced everywhere. So yeah, Explorer in Metro = Skydrive.