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Windows 7: M$ Please bing back animated network icons etc.

14 Apr 2009   #1

Windows 7 Build 7600 Laptop and desktop. Also OSX 10.5.7 and 10.6 Snow on Laptop
 
 
M$ Please bing back animated network icons etc.

Ok bit of a silly thread this as such a small thing probably wouldn't bother to many people.

Just how many people out there miss the animated network icons on the taskbar present in older Windows systems upto and including Vista?

I mean the icons are very nice and all but surely it wouldn't have took much to add some animation. It is kind of nice to see that you have activity going on without opening a browser to convince you. Also it was easy to see if there was activity going on that shouldn't be. There has been many a time I have used it as a first step to discovering dodgy background tasks.

I recon a patition to microsoft. lol



BRING BACK ANIMATED ICONS IN THE TASKBAR!


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14 Apr 2009   #2

7264x64/7260x86
 
 

Yea, I miss those, even though I have my taskbar set to auto-hide.
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14 Apr 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

I removed my network and action center icons from the active area all together and set them only show notifications, I don't feel I have a need to see them and prefer my network meter that shows the exact amount of incoming and outgoing traffic.
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14 Apr 2009   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

I missed the animated network icon for a while but, like Mr. Grim above, I have started using a network monitor gadget instead.
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14 Apr 2009   #5

Windows 7 Build 7600 Laptop and desktop. Also OSX 10.5.7 and 10.6 Snow on Laptop
 
 

Yes network gadgets are good but also resource hungry and far more than most might need. I just think its nice to have that small amount of movement bottom left of taskbar. When you are sorting out other peoples machines, they might not want gadgets across there screens and indeed many don't like anything appart from a desktop.
Yes i understand we all might want something more on our desktop, but I just think it was nice to see instantly on any installation that there was incoming and outgoing network activity without installing anything else.
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14 Apr 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC1 (7100), Vista Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yeah, I've converted to a gadget as well (with graphing, etc) but I do like having options. I've wondered why they removed the animation, it's been there for quite a few OS versions.
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15 Apr 2009   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

The only reason I switched to a gadget was out of necessity. In fact, the missing animation was the first thing I noticed when I installed my first Windows 7 build. I was hoping they would bring it back, but have been resigned to the fact that, if there is a problem with my connection, I will get that little yellow warning sign.
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15 Apr 2009   #8

 

+1 for the return of network animations for me, although I did think the Vista network animation was nowhere near as good as the old XP one.
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15 Apr 2009   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

+1 for me too, as it does give an indication of network activity and also the direction of traffic at a particular instant in time.
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15 Apr 2009   #10

7600.20510 x86
 
 

+1 Especially about how it was in XP like z3r010 says. I think MS is trying to make it more "neat" without it...but that's the wrong approach for this particular item. Put it back, I say.
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