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#1 Ultimate John

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 11:08 AM

If you stared at Longhorn PC concepts long enough, you’d notice the Windows Longhorn screenshot on the monitor shows a taskbar is nothing like anything you’ve seen before. Since there’s no official name for it, I’ve dubbed it the “double-decker” taskbar.

Here is the screenshot in its original form.
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The story behind this is that during the Longhorn development process, Microsoft designers were toying with the idea of integrating what we know now as the Windows Sidebar into the taskbar itself.

To accommodate this, the taskbar became separated into two-levels where the application switcher was moved to a transparent row by itself on top. This freed up an incredible amount of screen real-estate on the taskbar itself which then could house Sidebar Tiles (as it was known at the time because each ‘gadget’ would dock as a rectangular tile).

The idea behind this was to avoid stealing another edge of the user’s valuable screen real-estate. Instead, it would have resulted in a fraction less vertical space but a more widescreen workspace which is more desirable.

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#2 Afzal

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 02:52 PM

wow..im-ing in the taskbar!...GREAT!

#3 Mheltin

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 03:23 PM

If you stared at Longhorn PC concepts long enough, you’d notice the Windows Longhorn screenshot on the monitor shows a taskbar is nothing like anything you’ve seen before. Since there’s no official name for it, I’ve dubbed it the “double-decker” taskbar.

Here is the screenshot in its original form.
Posted Image

The story behind this is that during the Longhorn development process, Microsoft designers were toying with the idea of integrating what we know now as the Windows Sidebar into the taskbar itself.

To accommodate this, the taskbar became separated into two-levels where the application switcher was moved to a transparent row by itself on top. This freed up an incredible amount of screen real-estate on the taskbar itself which then could house Sidebar Tiles (as it was known at the time because each ‘gadget’ would dock as a rectangular tile).

The idea behind this was to avoid stealing another edge of the user’s valuable screen real-estate. Instead, it would have resulted in a fraction less vertical space but a more widescreen workspace which is more desirable.

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Source: Istartedsomething

I Believe that is Sidebar. :o

#4 M.Sudoku

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 05:02 PM

Now I hope to see a Longhorn style Vista taskbar mod soon. :D

#5 Afzal

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 05:24 PM

Now I hope to see a Longhorn style Vista taskbar mod soon. :D


ehehe.. i hope to see one for xp :D

#6 The Alpha Gamer

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 06:47 PM

wow..im-ing in the taskbar!...GREAT!


I would kiss Bill Gate's ass for that :woot:

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 09:00 PM


wow..im-ing in the taskbar!...GREAT!


I would kiss Bill Gate's ass for that :woot:

eeeeewwwww.... :P
haha. that's pretty cool! i bet someone will make something like it someday :D

#8 The Alpha Gamer

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 09:25 PM



wow..im-ing in the taskbar!...GREAT!


I would kiss Bill Gate's ass for that :woot:

eeeeewwwww.... :P
haha. that's pretty cool! i bet someone will make something like it someday :D


Yeah like you wouldn't? :P
and i hope the day it gets made is tomorrow, i can't see a bad thing about that at all

#9 PenaltyKillah

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 10:45 PM

That's a Longhorn concept? Heck, this should be for Windows 7! Me love. And me want.

#10 TheGreenMan

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 06:18 AM

Microsoft will definitely add a lot of stuff from the old Longhorn to Windows 7 :P

#11 Razor VinT

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 09:02 PM

I just love this desktop :rolleyes:

#12 pm_41

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 01:40 AM


Now I hope to see a Longhorn style Vista taskbar mod soon. :D


ehehe.. i hope to see one for xp :D


Me too! :D

#13 kaironxp

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 04:28 PM

It sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol: extremely ugly. It Looks as an operating system for stupid little boys

#14 Razor VinT

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 05:56 PM

You may call it ugly, bulky and unprofessional GUI, but I would do anything for transforming my Vista to this Longhorn look. I have used a lot of Longhorn themes for Vista and even tried the Longhorn Reloaded OS, but no where found such a cool desktop. :rolleyes:

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 08:29 PM

This looks really nice, I even tried a samurize conecpt for xp, but this is just a useless waste of screen space. And I don't think that the developers can make it very functional too...

#16 hydroman

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 01:31 AM

This looks really nice, I even tried a samurize conecpt for xp, but this is just a useless waste of screen space. And I don't think that the developers can make it very functional too...


meh...i think it's great

Edited by hydroman, 14 December 2007 - 03:17 AM.


#17 timbertide

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 09:47 AM

Really nice desktop!

#18 Laguna

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 01:04 PM

AWESOME! :woot:

#19 Merforga

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 03:51 PM

For whatever reason, I dislike any form of a taskbar that is bigger than the default size (the default size that you have when you install a new copy of Windows).

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 03:58 PM

For me thats just great! If only someone was so clever to create a Windows OS with GUI like that? (probably with some fixes or smtn.) and also to finally create Windows Computers (like that Longhorn prototypes), Microsoft could be competing with Apple at a good level. Not like now.

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