In which the desktop becomes colourful and gimmicky, but maybe in a good way.
Hit F12 and all your widgets fly into the screen:
Here I have a clock and calendar, some hardware monitoring software, a hook-in to Skype, access to a dictionary and to Wikipedia, and an internet radio player - usually 'tuned' to BBC Radio Scotland.
I wasn't initially convinced by the Dashboard as a feature, but especially having things like the radio player there in the background but well out of the way until you want them is both handy and quite elegant.
Another winner, I guess.