Is Windows 7 leaning too much towards the Mac side of life? Many Microsoft bloggers are saying that it does, that Windows 7 is too much "form over function", something they accuse Apple of. While superficially they may have a point, the differences between Windows and Mac OS X are still glaringly obvious. Are a few changes to the taskbar enough to make Windows OS X-like? Bloggers like Mary-Jo Foley, Paul Thurrot, and others seem to think so.
There certainly are a number of changes in Windows 7 that vaguely bring the Mac OS X dock to mind - jump lists, for instance, resemble the right-click menu on dock items, and the removal of text labels and increase in icon size make the taskbar look like the dock (you can change to small icons and text labels if you so desire). However, that doesn't mean it also behaves like a dock. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, it's probably a duck, yes - but this one only looks like a duck; it doesn't walk or talk like one.