Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Oct 2008 19:02 UTC
Windows Windows 7 is out and about. Microsoft has been unusually secretive about Vista's successor, but now that PDC is under way, they have unveiled the various enhancements to the user interface. Windows 7 might not have any significant under-the-hood changes (in fact, all your applications and devices will still work), but on the outside, Windows 7 represents the biggest change for the Windows user interface ever since Windows 95 came out.
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Dock-like
by PowerMacX on Tue 28th Oct 2008 20:35 UTC
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2005-11-06

The most prominent change is the completely new taskbar. [...] Taskbar buttons lack text - they are icon only - and you can (finally!) rearrange and pin them in whatever way you like. Another new feature are jump lists:

Jump lists provide quick access to application features. Applications that use the system API [...] There's also an API to allow applications to add custom entries; Media Player, for example, includes special options to control playback.


In other words, Windows is finally getting something very similar to the Dock in Mac OS X. Now *that* would be a reason to upgrade from XP.

(Yes, I know there are several third party dock clones available for Windows, but a standard API to control it, as the quote mentions, makes all the difference)

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RE: Dock-like
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 28th Oct 2008 20:39 in reply to "Dock-like"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

In other words, Windows is finally getting something very similar to the Dock in Mac OS X. Now *that* would be a reason to upgrade from XP.


The taskbar and the dock have always been slightly different ways of doing the same thing. Still, even with the new one in 7, they are different in the exact same ways as they used to be. The taskbar has just gotten some new features, that's all.

Don't think that just because it's entirely icon-based, it's suddenly the same as the Mac OS X dock.

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RE[2]: Dock-like
by PowerMacX on Tue 28th Oct 2008 21:02 in reply to "RE: Dock-like"
PowerMacX Member since:
2005-11-06

I know, I've had the discussion about task bar/launch bar/dock similarities & differences several times on this very same site ;-)

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RE[2]: Dock-like
by Glynser on Wed 29th Oct 2008 10:02 in reply to "RE: Dock-like"
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2007-11-29

Don't think that just because it's entirely icon-based, it's suddenly the same as the Mac OS X dock.


Hmm what is so great about the dock anyway? I never understood why the dock is so much favored over the Windows taskbar. From my experience so far, the taskbar lets you do a lot more than the dock. But I could be wrong of course, so maybe you could explain the features of the dock.

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RE[2]: Dock-like
by abraxas on Wed 29th Oct 2008 12:21 in reply to "RE: Dock-like"
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2005-07-07

It's not just the icons that make it more dock-like. There is only one icon per application instead of per instance. Then with the addition of jump lists that allow you to control some application features directly from the minimized window the new taskbar resembles a dock a lot more than it did before although ultimately it still is a taskbar.

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