That's a great article. Especially useful if you're not used to using OSX or Windows, since it explains the essential difference in window paradigms, and as a result, the way the Dock/Taskbar work.
One thing that keeps troubling me about the new taskbar is the move away from the notification area, to the taskbar. Okay, so messenger is now on the task bar. Fine, I regularly open my contact list, so I can imagine that having it there could be useful. But
as the article states:
The new Taskbar may also at last provide a way for windowless applications to run without cluttering up the Notification Area.
This is demonstrated by Windows Live Messenger. Closing all the Messenger windows doesn't remove the Taskbar icon; it stays there until you explicitly quit. WLM no longer needs to put itself in the Notification Area just to avoid exiting when the last
window is closed. The old notification icon's menu is now provided by a
jump list on the taskbar icon. This will in time allow software to stop cluttering the Notification Area—residence as a regular Taskbar button is now a viable option.
So, if I look at my notification area now, I have just Messenger, the WHS connector, and the power management/network/volume trinity there. But if I expand it to show the hidden icons, I see a whole bunch of stuff. AnyDVD, Dell QuickSet, Sidebar, Live Mesh,
the Fingerprint Reader Suite... all stuff I want to have running in the background all the time, but I
rarely interact with them. I just don't need to see those icons, that's why I hid them in the notification area. If Windows 7 is going to push always-running applications out of the notification area and onto the taskbar
to avoid cluttering up the notification area, the result will be that the
taskbar will get cluttered... which is worse, because now I'll be forced to look at a whole range of buttons that I'll never interact with, with no way to hide them.
How is Windows going to combat that problem? I'm really not looking forward to constantly having to look at that smug AnyDVD fox that does nothing but take up space on my taskbar.