Who hid the taskbar?

Microsoft has released a developer preview of its next version of Windows.  To me, as a hardened Windows user, the most striking thing is that the preview screen shots include a prominent start button, but it’s not at the end of a taskbar as you’d expect in Windows (at least in anything from Windows 95 onwards: I’m old enough to remember before Windows had a taskbar).  Look a bit more closely at the screen shot and there is a bar at the bottom, but it’s a horizontal scroll bar and not a taskbar.

However this Computerworld piece explains all: you can get a Windows desktop that looks quite familiar, but it’s really just another app for those of us who like doing things that way.  It’ll be interesting to see how widely it’s used in practice: will a lot of Windows users prefer to stick with what they’re used to, or will the desktop become the preserve of a few specialist users?

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