Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 11th Jan 2009 16:13 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes This week, we start with a new regular occurence on OSNews: the imaginatively named Week in Review, where we do a quick rundown of the preceding week's most important news, and maybe add in a few new items that didn't make the cut earlier in the week. We will close off each of them with My Take, a short random musing about whatever subject we please. This week, the news was dominated by MacWorld, Windows 7, and Palm.
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Did they really have to steal the Dock?
by nutshell42 on Sun 11th Jan 2009 23:18 UTC
nutshell42
Member since:
2006-01-12

The new taskbar clearly comes out of Cupertino, and that's a bad thing. There is a reason Apple zealots never used the dock as an example why OSX is superior.

You can go on about document-centric interfaces as long as you like. The simple fact is that when an explorer window is open in 7, and I want to open another one, it's needlessly complicated. The same for editors, browser windows and anything else. Pinning programs to the taskbar is useless and with that new "feature" MS effectively eliminated the quicklaunch functionality from Windows.

(even worse is that 7 doesn't let you open a new eplorer window while another one shows the same directory. If you want to open two windows and browse to different directories to drag&drop, you have to change the dir in the first one before you can open another window. 100% braindead)

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

The new taskbar clearly comes out of Cupertino, and that's a bad thing. There is a reason Apple zealots never used the dock as an example why OSX is superior.


The dock and the taskbar have always been fairly similar. Windows 7 does move some inches closer to the dock, but in the end, the fundamental difference in approach to apps/windows is still there.

The simple fact is that when an explorer window is open in 7, and I want to open another one, it's needlessly complicated.


ctrl+n.

Pinning programs to the taskbar is useless and with that new "feature" MS effectively eliminated the quicklaunch functionality from Windows.


No, they have not. They merged quicklaunch with the taskbar, which is different.

(even worse is that 7 doesn't let you open a new eplorer window while another one shows the same directory. If you want to open two windows and browse to different directories to drag&drop, you have to change the dir in the first one before you can open another window. 100% braindead)


ctrl+n.

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DCMonkey Member since:
2005-07-06

Shift+Click and Middle Click will also launch new instances of windows from w7 taskbar buttons.

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sultanqasim Member since:
2006-10-28

"The simple fact is that when an explorer window is open in 7, and I want to open another one, it's needlessly complicated. The same for editors, browser windows and anything else. Pinning programs to the taskbar is useless and with that new "feature" MS effectively eliminated the quicklaunch functionality from Windows."

Ever heard of keyboard shortcuts? I don't think that pressing Ctrl-N is that hard.


Edit: Why did Thom have to publish his comment before me! :p

Edited 2009-01-11 23:42 UTC

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Punktyras Member since:
2006-01-07

even worse is that 7 doesn't let you open a new eplorer window while another one shows the same directory. If you want to open two windows and browse to different directories to drag&drop, you have to change the dir in the first one before you can open another window. 100% braindead)


Doesn't explorer has „split window“ capability yet? If it is so, shame on explorer...

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