Windows 7 design concepts & usability tests

We're just in a session on design practices in Windows 7. Microsoft just demonstrated a usability test where a user hovered over the new taskbar and was impressed so much they just continued playing around with it.

Check it out below:

Next up a design concept for jump lists was shown, an old version that is not going to be shipping was shown from old Win 7 builds:

I am posting this as live as possible so I will add more concepts as they demonstrate them.

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You can make them smaller yourself, they showed it at the keynote the other day. Just go into the taskbar options and select small icons.

GP007: I believe that when you already opened an app and you hover the icon you will directly see previews from all open windows from that app. You hover a preview to make all the other windows translucent (this way you can quickly check which one you're looking for) and click a preview to switch to it. If you click the icon, you start another instance of the application (that's indeed where Apple went wrong, it's not that intuitive in the OSX Dock if you ask me).

So it seems like the way to open an app again from the new taskbar is to do it through the jump-lists now?

This question was asked in the forum so maybe someone over at PDC knows the answer?

After you've clicked on a pinned icon which then starts the app, say notepad, clicking on that once will then bring it up etc, but what if you want to open a 2nd notepad? Do you have to right-click and then hit "notepad" at the bottom of the jump-list? Or do you like double click on the notepad icon to start it a 2nd time? How does this work exactly?

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