Windows 7: Follow-up taskbar and associated user interface

Chaitanya summarize some of the feedback and thoughts expressed and also provides some more engineering / design context for some of the challenges expressed. First it is worth just reinforcing a few points that came up that were consistently expressed: Many of you agree that the Notification Area needs to be more manageable and customizable. We received several […]

Chaitanya summarize some of the feedback and thoughts expressed and also provides some more engineering / design context for some of the challenges expressed. First it is worth just reinforcing a few points that came up that were consistently expressed:

  • Many of you agree that the Notification Area needs to be more manageable and customizable.
  • We received several comments about rearranging taskbar buttons.  This speaks to the need for a predictable place where taskbar buttons appear as well as your desire for more control over the taskbar.
  • There were comments that talked about Quick Launch being valuable, but that it could stand to be an even better launching surface (e.g. larger by default or more room).
  • Thumbnails are valuable to many of you, but their size doesn’t always help you find the window you are looking for.  There is interest in a better identification method of windows that consistently provided the right amount of information.
  • Better scaling of supported windows was discussed.  This includes optimizing the taskbar for more windows and spanning multiple displays.

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