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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Bad lesson
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 25th Sep 2008 18:58 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

The data on the non usage of the media player toolbar, is cited by microsoft as evidence that they've done some thing wrong int he presentation of the feature. I think a more likely cause, borne out of the data they've collected is that most people don't want it.

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RE: Bad lesson
by CPUGuy on Thu 25th Sep 2008 21:37 in reply to "Bad lesson"
CPUGuy Member since:
2005-07-06

People don't want it because the taskbar is already filled up with other stuff and it just doesn't scale well. I would gander to say that quite a few people would love to have their media player at their fingertips like that, just not at the cost of making their application buttons that much smaller.

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RE[2]: Bad lesson
by WorknMan on Fri 26th Sep 2008 16:15 in reply to "RE: Bad lesson"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I would gander to say that quite a few people would love to have their media player at their fingertips like that, just not at the cost of making their application buttons that much smaller.


Media players that don't suck have global hotkey support, so you can control them across the OS. Plus, most keyboards these days have the media keys built right in, which kind of makes the toolbar unnecessary.

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