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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RE[3]: Comment by cocoliso
by Nanotube on Fri 26th Sep 2008 12:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by cocoliso"
Nanotube
Member since:
2008-05-11

I get the sarcasm, but the truth is that Windows taskbar is somewhat better then the Mac OS X Dock.

I use both Macs and Windows for many years now... but that's just my humble opinion.

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RE[4]: Comment by cocoliso
by Kroc on Fri 26th Sep 2008 14:49 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by cocoliso"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Yes, I'd agree in that the dock is not all that great on it's own; it's Exposé that makes me prefer OS X.

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RE[5]: Comment by cocoliso
by Daniel Borgmann on Fri 26th Sep 2008 22:56 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by cocoliso"
Daniel Borgmann Member since:
2005-07-08

I believe this is an interesting point.

What's a better path, improving the taskbar, or reducing the need for a taskbar?

The obvious answer isn't "both", because if you reduce the need for a taskbar, you can replace it with other functionality. E.g. the Mac dock seems to be superior to quicklaunch for task launchers, and superior to the system tray for displaying task status.

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