Microsoft copied the Windows 7 Taskbar from... Microsoft?
Check this guy out:
He claims the Windows 7 Taskbar is copied from the Mac OS X dock. He even includes an edited image featuring the same Adobe icons he has in his dock to try and make it seem even more similar. Apart from that he also makes numerous mistakes and wrong assumptions about how the new Taskbar works, and does the standard everyone is copying Apple line, which is completely and utterly false yet it something the Apple fanboys repeat ad nauseum.
Here's a little time line for graphical user interface (Hat tip to ToastyTech for the screenshots).
Xerox PARC create the Alto - the first computer to use a mouse and a graphical user interface (no Taskbar yet).
Apple employees visit Xerox PARC to check out the Alto, after seeing the Alto they begin work on a graphical user interface for their Lisa computer (no Taskbar yet).
Xerox introduce the Star, featuring overlapping windows, double-clicking and dialog boxes (still no Taskbar).
Microsoft begin work on Interface Manager, later to be renamed Windows (still no Taskbar).
Visi Corp releases Visi On, the first GUI for IBM PCs (no Taskbar).
Microsoft introduce Windows (no Taskbar).
Apple release Lisa (still no Taskbar).
Apple introduce the Macintosh (still no Taskbar)
Geos released for Commodore 64 (no Taskbar)
Amiga Workbench announced (still no Taskbar)
Microsoft release Windows 1.01. The first operating system to have something resembling the Taskbar, an area of the screen reserved for iconized programs. See below:
Apple release the Macintosh II, featuring colour graphics at last, if I was a fanboy I'd say they copied colour graphics from Windows, but I'm not (no Taskbar though).
Acorn Computers release Arthur (the forerunner to RISC OS). Featuring something resembling the Taskbar, its been so long since I've used RISC OS I've forgotten the name for it.
Microsoft release Windows 95, creating the Taskbar we all know today, featuring a Start button to start new applications, and a tray for running applications to sit in.
Microsoft release Windows 98, which allows shortcuts to programs to be placed in the Taskbar (called Quick Launch).
Apple release Mac OS 9, which features a slide out "dock" along the bottom of the screen.
So no I don't accept that Microsoft copied the Taskbar/dock whatever you want to call it from OS X.
He could of quite easily shown the Taskbar with text labels, and without the Adobe icons which were edited into the picture he used.
Or the new Taskbar configured to look like the existing one:
He also claims because the Taskbar items also have menus that they've also been copied from the dock. Newsflash: The Taskbar items have always had menus which have always been customisable by the applications running, now there is additional APIs to plug more information into the Taskbar.
But of course if this guy told you the truth he wouldn't have an argument would he?
The claim I was debunking was that Microsoft copied the Taskbar from OS X, when clearly Apple released their version in OS 9, OS X used the dock from Openstep, and that Microsoft had the concept in Windows 1.01 predating them.
So what if Microsoft decided on an over-sized bloated task-bar that I'll probably change later. It's not a dock, cry me a river.
Go fiddle with Photoshop some more; While I enjoy fiddling with Photoshop and gaming gaming gaming on my system that is 1/4 the price AND that can run Mac OSX 10.5+.
@insp, go ahead and game game game game, I'd rather do something more useful on my PC.
Also, Gaming is a form of entertainment; No one if forcing you to partake. Leave that on out of the conversation.
But on-topic, I see an addition on what Microsoft already had. They are not implementing a dock. They're now just giving the users the ability to have giant Icons and a bunch of information.
I for one don't like how they use the transparent background of windows for the bar this time around, but It's an improvement none-the-less.
This is some good stuff,and im gladd to see pc users standing up for microsoft.
The windows 'taskbar' didn't exist until windows 95. The area to which applications minimized previously in program manager could hardly be called a taskbar by any stretch of the imagination. It was just a 'place', not distinct from any other area of the desktop...
NeXTstep introduced a real dock when it was release circa 1989. And it's this intellectual property that got sold to Apple when Apple bought Next (when Steve Jobs 'returned' to Apple) - hence the emergence of the Apple dock at this time.
However, the taskbar in Acorns 'Aurthur' (the forgotten pre-risc os OS refered to above) defiantly had what I would call a taskbar (Acorn called it the 'Iconbar' IIRC). And it was released in about 1987 (again, IIRC - feel free to check).
Ergo Acorn win ;-).
But WIMP was still Xerox's idea - albeit they failed to see beyond it's use for anything more than a document management system...
But taskbar is lifeline of windows users... equally used as Alt-Tab... with the new additions like the jump lists and progress bars the taskbar has become more sexy and useful (Than Dock obviously) ...
The only more useful stuff i have seen is ubuntu's panels customisable to the core...
( ps. The Bad mindless microsoft has copied the large icons from apple, recycle bin logo from apple, new look of taskbar from apple and the sexy, innovative apple has copied the core operating system from UNIX... Cool....!!)