Windows 7 Taskbar - Behind the Scenes

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Windows 7 offers a new way of controlling your desktop, managing your windows, and launching applications. The Windows 7 Taskbar is a new application-launching and window-switching mechanism that consolidates the functionalities from previous Windows OS Desktop mechanisms such as Quick Launch, Recent Documents, Notification area icons, desktop shortcuts, and running application windows.

Watch Yochay Kiriaty, Windows 7 Technical Evangelist, and Taskbar product team developers Robert Jarrett and Ben Betz as we talk about the three parts of the Taskbar. Rob will describe the architecture driving some of the new Taskbar features such as custom switchers and Jump Lists and we will address the important topic of Application ID.

Windows 7 Taskbar Behind the Scenes is one video of a series of Channel 9 videos on Windows 7 Taskbar. Other videos include:

1.       Designing the Windows 7 Taskbar

2.       Windows 7 Taskbar Behind the Scenes

3.       Jump in to Windows 7 Taskbar Jump Lists

4.       Windows 7 Taskbar Overview

For more technical information on the Windows 7 Taskbar, read the Windows 7 Taskbar Part 1 – The Basics. And for more technical content on Windows 7, along with a few cool code samples, go to the Windows 7 Blog for Developers.

If you missed the PDC sessions on the Windows 7 Taskbar, you can always watch their videos: Welcome to Windows 7 Taskbar and Integrate with Windows 7 Taskbar – but I know you already saw them few times. Wink



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    Interesting stuff. I would love to hear the reasons for not building a virtual desktop using smooth transitions like these. Instead of trying to merge more and more stuff into the taskbar.

    It does really help to partition your workspace to stay in control. So it would go well with that theme. However I could see it confuse a few people, but it should at least be there for power users.

    There are many programs out there trying to simulate this function through windows hide/show. With the new taskbar this approach doesn't really make sense in the same way as before. Also the transitions are quite jerky. Eventhough the flip 3D is quite useless, it is cool looking. To have the same experience but when you switch workspaces would be nice. As well as "expose" kind of function etc.

    deskspace and cubedesktop are two apps that tries to do this.



  • User profile image

    You mentioned that when an object is moved, you immediately move it, then animation it to the final position.  I believe I've seen evidence of this in jump lists.  If you use a swipe-up motion with your mouse (rather than right-click) to bring up a jump list, and you do it very VERY slowly, you will see the jump list appear, barely visible, in its final position.  Then as soon as your cursor moves up a single pixel more, the jump list returns to the bottom and animates upward as you continue to move your mouse.


    Now I understand how this happens:  you're letting the user control the speed of the animation.


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