Re: So funny
Let me start by saying I find Windows 10's UI ugly ... I detest the flat look ..makes me think of 1989 and Windows 2.
Bot onwards.. many of the graphical UI ideas we take for granted come out of the famous Palo Aalto experiments by Xerox and the work done at Apple in the development of Lisa and the Macintosh and from Unix X window managers.
The spatial file browser, windowing (yes windows come from that fruit company.. developed to solve the problem of small screens of the day) etc.
Your three UI elements are present in the Mac by the way. The dock show running items in OSX and prior to OSX a menu displayed running apps. And Apple copied Alt+Tab from Windows.
Double clicking title bars minimises Mac windows too.
Windows95 's taskbar is the development of the Windows 3 minimised icon model which showed running apps on the desktop. I have to say it remains an inspired design choice.
Windows 8 made major changes to basic concepts and hid elements in stupid ways. It was rightly criticised for that.
But for me the serious failings in Windows 10 (if they may be considered as such) are the loss of functions ... no Media Centre and no DVD player? Huh? Was Microsoft having a bad hair day or something?
But then i haven't forgiven for the mess known as the Windows Explorer in Windows 7.