Windows 7 is just about to hit beta and be released to some people who attend WinHec or at least that is what we hear. The new update to the interface is now being called "Windows Scenic"" and is based on the Office 2007 Ribbon interface. This is a good thing considering the "Ribbon" was quite a nice surprise to the Office user and is well thought out. The new interface of each window will present you with a few icons which are smartly grouped into categories and removes the clutter of the current user interface.
Not much more information at this point, but if this is the direction of Windows 7, Microsoft is clearly making sure "7" is not met with the same negative press that Vista received.