Tray Icon Hiding… Where Did It Come From?

You all have used this feature of Windows XP and Vista at one point or another… and you now would be lost without it. Let’s take a look at tray icon hiding… Where did it come from? Who did Microsoft copy? Who came first? 🙂

On Windows 2000 i used an app called Effective Desktop and it let me do tray icon hiding and more… well I recently installed it again on a older Win2k machine and noticed some odd similarities between Effective Desktop and XP tray icon hiding. Well Effective Desktop 1.0 was released on June 13, 2001 and XP was released on October 25, 2001… so it looks like they somehow acqured the rights to bundle a updated version of Effective Desktop in XP.

What do you think?

Effective Desktop

XP Tray Icon Hiding

Eeffective Desktop - manage icons

XP Tray Icon Hiding - manage icons

Eeffective Desktop - Show hidden icons

XP Tray Icon Hiding - Show hidden icons

Eeffective Desktop - Show hidden cons hover

XP Tray Icon Hiding - Show hidden icons

Eeffective Desktop - Hide shown icons

XP Tray Icon Hiding - hide shown icons