Chaitanya Sareen, Windows Team at Microsoft, has produced a blog post detailing the new Windows 7 Taskbar.
In the post Sareen highlights the following areas of evolution:
- Refreshed Look
- Interactive, Grouped Thumbnails
- Aero Peek
- Jump Lists
- Custom Window Switchers
- Thumbnail Toolbars
- Notification Area
- Overlay Icons and Progress Bars
- Color Hot-track
- Start Menu
If you are interested in the Windows 7 development or the new taskbar then it's a worth while read and explains some of the design decisions that Microsoft have made.
If you're interested in all the features being demonstrated on video then we recorded several videos at PDC where members of the Windows team demonstrated the new Taskbar, you can view them here.