Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Sep 2008 17:57 UTC
Windows Back when Microsoft's Julie Larson-Green demonstrated Windows 7's multitouch framework during the All Things Digital conference, many noted the different taskbar that she was using on the demo machine. When Walt Mossberg asked her about it, she smiled and replied "It's something we're working on for Windows 7 and I'm not supposed to talk about right now, today..." Personally, I was quite intrigued by this revamped taskbar, seeing how static and old the current one already is (Windows 95, people). Microsoft has remained mum on the issue ever since, but last Tuesday, the silence was broken when Microsoft's Chaitanya Sareen posted a detailed entry on the taskbar on the Engineering Windows 7 blog.
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Polluted usage statistics?
by Volt on Fri 26th Sep 2008 03:02 UTC
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In many computer labs and libraries I've seen, the settings are locked or automatically reverted so users can't customise much of the user interface. If you ask me, it's not that users are necessarily satisfied with the defaults. They could be, but they might not have a choice anyway.

So I wonder if that data is also sent to Microsoft. They said it's volunteered, but I don't know much about it other than that.

Full disclosure: I barely scanned the original article.

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