Linked by David Adams on Thu 12th May 2011 17:19 UTC, submitted by rhyder
Graphics, User Interfaces Back in the 80s, a GUI paradigm called WIMP (Windows, Icons, Mouse, Pointer) began to establish itself as the new way in which most people interacted with a computer. When it comes to one of the most significant elements of that system, overlapping windows, I'm beginning to wonder, has it had its day?
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by Gone fishing on Thu 12th May 2011 20:15 UTC
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Microsoft didn't develop the taskbar from scratch RISCOS had something similar first with the iconbar. I remember when I had Windows 3.1 being very impressed with the RISCOS interface.

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by tupp on Thu 12th May 2011 20:36 in reply to "iconbar"
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2006-11-12

Microsoft didn't develop the taskbar from scratch RISCOS had something similar first with the iconbar.

Negatory on that.

Windows had a iconbar/taskbar/dock in 1985 version 1.01: http://toastytech.com/guis/bigw101.gif

The RISC Arthur GUI wasn't released until 1987, two years later.

By the way, the first icon/taskbar/dock appeared on the GUI of the Three Rivers Perq: http://yahozna.dyndns.org/computers/perq/photos/accent-small.jpg

The Perq GUI computer was released in 1980, four years before the Mac and seven years before RISC Arthur.

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