I have not liked what has become of the taskbar since Windows XP (or for that matter, the Ribbon interface of Microsoft Office software, which for me is the opposite of intuitive). Under XP, the taskbar icons were considerably smaller and didn't take up as much screen real-estate as they do in Windows 7, and more of them would fit vertically too. I know that Microsoft is moving towards the "bigger is better" in the UI, to try to bridge the divide between desktop and touch. That requires a sort of hierarchical taskbar interface. But I'm wondering if they've since implemented a "classic XP look" option, since there were quite a few complaints about the new UI from long-time XP users.