Instead, the classic Mac OS used an icon in the top right to indicate the currently running app, which would drop down a menu of other running applications. This Application Menu also served as a way to select between running apps.
In OS 9, you could also tear off the application menu and make it display as a floating icon bar. You could also hide the names of the applications, make it display small or large icons, and have it oriented horizontally or vertically. This had the effect of creating something resembling a dock
The main problem with QuickLaunch is that it competes with the TaskBar for the minimal space available; having a few QuickLaunch icons means you have even less room to display TaskBar bays for the currently open windows. Users who only ever open three windows won't see the problem, so XP Home leaves the QuickLaunch bar on. However, anyone who uses their PC to do more than browse the web will find the TaskBar nearly worthless even before cramping it up with a selection of QuickLaunch icons.
It's true that the Windows taskbar icons do not scale. But that does not mean that the Windows taskbar cannot be resized. Windows XP lets you increase the height of the taskbar so you can have multiple rows of icons or windows. The QuickLaunch bar can also be placed in its own row on top of the taskbar, allowing more room for QuickLaunch icons.
The scrunched TaskBar bays can now popup a live preview of the Window they relate to (above), but this requires mousing over each TaskBar bay.
Isn't it true that the Mac OS X Dock does not show the names of any icons or open windows unless you mouse over them?
the new task switcher in Tiger; it painted enlarged versions of the Dock's application icons in prominent view in the center of the screen when using Alt+Tab to jump between applications.
I think you mean Command+Tab.
Anticipating Vista, the minimized windows in the Dock depict a scaled down version of their contents; a minimized playing movie will even continue to play in its way down into the Dock.
In Windows 3.1, you could minimize a movie window down to an icon, and the movie would continue to play as an icon.
It is not my intention to debate the superiority of the Windows taskbar vs. the Mac Dock, or the other way around. I am simply stating the facts. Just because this is a Mac oriented site and we are Mac users, it does not mean we need to post misinformation about Windows. Doing so only makes it harder for Mac users to be taken seriously.