Giz Explains: Why the Windows 7 Taskbar Beats Mac OS X's Dock

Giz writes:

"Yeah, I said it. The Windows 7 taskbar is the most important Windows UI change since Windows 95, and it will dramatically change the way you use Windows. And it's better than the Mac's Dock.

That's because the "superbar"-as the taskbar is known by developers-jerks taskbar functionality in a new direction. It's no longer merely a window manager-just a place to manage open windows and by proxy, open applications. It's now a bona fide application launcher. More than that, it blends the two in ways that will remind many of the OS X Dock-apps that are running and those that aren't can live together. True, you've been able to launch apps from the Windows taskbar's Quick Launch ghetto for ages, but that's been demolished so that Microsoft could completely and seamlessly integrate the launching of new apps and the managing of running ones."

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thebudgetgamer3558d ago

its seems just like the osx doc different style but just about the same


meepmoopmeep3558d ago (Edited 3558d ago )

thank you OS X dock for paving the way for better launching of apps


anyway, my main apps stay on the dock
if i need any other it's just a Cmd-Space, couple letters typed away

Stacks is awesomesauce as well.

but like you said above, it's basically the same thing

JaggedSac3558d ago

Looks like M$ is gonna be taking back some marketshare.

IdleLeeSiuLung3558d ago

lol... the guy accidentally left a picture of Windows Media player playing what appears to be a torrented movie. The comment on that page is hilarious.

Bonsai12143558d ago

apple dock is much more capable than it looks. even if that doesn't work as well as you'd like, dragthing basically takes the dock and amps it up completely new levels. plus it looks fantastic as well..


windows will never be as sexy as that.

thewhoopimen3558d ago

I highly doubt it. This is a windows 7 vs. Mac OSX 10.5 comparison (last gen). I am expecting Apple will have an even more interesting implementation by the time Windoze 7 comes out.

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Lord Anubis3558d ago

I use object dock on my laptop.

to launch applications on vista.

mirroredderorrim3558d ago (Edited 3558d ago )

This is both sad and pathetic on Microsoft's part.

A million boos for finally lowing yourselves to the point where you would copy one of Mac OSX most recognizable features.

Not that they have not copied them already... I see bigger text, brighter text, more emphasis on UI clarity, etc..

Some decent, new features, but nothing to swoon over. I may test this on a new partition soon, but I don't have many expectations. It is windows, after all.

They said ram wouldn't be a problem with this?

Edit:@below; since xp, brutha!

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"Taken from one of the articles I have read in the past:

"According to Microsoft, Windows 7 Beta's “Minimum recommended specs call for: 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor; 1 GB of system memory (RAM); 16 GB of available disk space; support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (to enable the Aero theme); DVD-R/W Drive; Internet access (to download the Beta and get updates).

By comparison, the minimum system requirements for Windows Vista Home Premium / Business / Ultimate are: “1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor; 1 GB of system memory; 16 GB of available disk space; support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128MB memory (in order to enable Aero theme); drive: DVD-R/W drive; Internet connection (to download the Beta and get updates),” Microsoft indicated. Windows Vista Home Basic can go as low as “800 MHz processor and 512 MB of RAM on a 20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space,” the company claimed, but considering this system the OS would virtually be unusable.

I have been running Windows 7 Beta and pre-Beta on a laptop with under 2GHz processor and with just 1 GB of RAM, and in virtual machines with even less. Moreover, I have also been running Windows 7 Beta and the Milestone releases on a 3GHz Intel Core Duo with 4 GB of DDR3. I found that Windows 7, even if still under development, delivered, on the same machine, a performance superior to Vista's. However, in order to get the best out of Windows 7, users should have computers with at least 2 GHz processors and no less than 2 GB of RAM."

I can't really say anything, but it's good to read stuff like this for some insight at what we could expect from partitioning this sucker for a test drive.

meepmoopmeep3558d ago (Edited 3558d ago )

lol, there a whole list of features they've taken from OSX
features Mac users have been using over 5+ years now.


the part i'm more concerned about is not the feature mimics
it's whether or not W7 is going to be any good or efficient without needing 8GB of RAM in your system

Finalfantasykid3558d ago

^Most recent performance tests indicate that in most areas, Windows 7 performs at least as good as XP, and in many areas it actually performs better!

So basically 7 > XP > Vista

Vista was a small step back, but by the looks of it, W7 will be one giant leap forward.

meepmoopmeep3558d ago

hopefully W7 it will be a solid OS by launch.
i'll install it and take it for a test run.

i wonder if they'll have the ridiculous multi-versions
like Vista at ridiculous prices as well.

OSX upgrades are only $100 which is reasonable

socomnick3558d ago

Yea vista prices were crazy, what were they thinking. I think it was 400 dollars for vista ultimate. Thats just insane. They need a flat rate of 160 for a new copy or 50-100 for an upgrade.

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mrdxpr23558d ago

im sticking too mac os x ... once u go mac u never go back.. i had windows for a long time until i saw the light and bought a mac wow what a diference ms had the chance actually they had 10 years and now that i whent mac im never going back to MS ... microsoft should really quit they suck at everything....

Uneducated Loser3558d ago

you are today's "Uneducated Loser"

f'ing go back to school dude.

thewhoopimen3558d ago (Edited 3558d ago )

I'm assuming you were being sarcastic. An uneducated loser telling someone to go f'kin back to school. hahah.

Theoneneo813558d ago (Edited 3558d ago )

agreed this article fails the dock is 100x better than the task bar no matter how much MS try's to copy apple as they usually do.

oh and by the way Gizmado are a bunch of immature baby's so i never take anything from gizmado seriously just go on youtube and search gizmado and Ces 2008 you will know why i call them immature.

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