Microsoft Research at work on interface for Web services

Looking to adapt the GUI to the Internet and the forthcoming generation of Web services and distributed applications, Microsoft Research is at work on a more natural interface, said Kai-Fu Lee, of Microsoft's research team, here at Future Forum on Thursday. ... Lee, playing on the well-known acronym GUI, said he is trying to coin this next generation of interfaces the NUI (Natural User Interface), which he pronounced Nooeey, like GUI with an "n." The basic idea is to make computing devices more like a living, breathing personal assistant.