Design

The Windows 8 Concept Desktop

Reader Saad Baig’s desktop shows what a Windows desktop could look like if you made the Windows 7 Superbar really “super”, by adding desktop widgets directly into the taskbar, easily accessible even with maximised applications.

The entire taskbar concept is available in the 8Bar Rainmeter skin, but Saad Baig explains the new concept further:

Start Menu/Area

As you can notice in the taskbar, it retains a start button (which actually works, to my surprise some useful computer specs that flow with the design of the start orb., followed by a weather readout. After that is the start of the extra information that is available for customisation. Basically customising the Superbar to make it truly super. Instead of having desktop widgets, why not put them in the toolbar? Reasons for that would be that first we have more than enough on the taskbar on Windows 7 to add widgets, and second that the desktop is almost usually 100% of the time covered by either a web browser or other programs, but most people still have their taskbar visible, so its almost perfect.

Tray

Since the tray is a smaller version of the superbar, that means that you can put more stuff their in the same amount of room. So why not put a media monitor their. Today’s latest media players like Winamp have tray icons that work, but you can only access the controls by right clicking. With my concept, hovering over the tray icon would bring up basic controls.

This desktop not your style? Why waste time complaining? Instead, get started creating your own killer desktop with the easy-install Rainmeter 1.1 package and show the world what you can do. Of course, using Rainmeter isn’t a requirement — you are more than welcome to use any of the best desktop customisation tools to turn your desktop into a productive work of art.

The Windows 8 Concept Desktop [Flickr]


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