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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RE[2]: Dock-like
by Glynser on Wed 29th Oct 2008 10:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Dock-like"
Glynser
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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[3]: Dock-like
by abraxas on Wed 29th Oct 2008 12:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Dock-like"
abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

In my opinion the best part of the Dock is the elimination of duplicate entries in the notification area and the launcher. A dock icon can launch an application, control an application, and represent a minimized window. A taskabr generally requires 3 different icons to do the same thing. One for launching the application, one entry in the notification area to control the application, and one entry to represent the minimized window. It's a lot of clutter.

I'm still waiting for a real dock for Gnome. I'm using AWN right now but notification is still separate from the icons and probably requires a lot of changes in the API to allow for a true dock.

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