While Apple was busy transitioning to Intel, I was working on
the software team responsible for Dock, Exposé (later Mission
Control), and Dashboard (now deceased). We did a lot of
experimenting with new interface concepts; one was a radical new
way to manage apps and windows. It effectively made the existing
Exposé irrelevant as well as the Dock as a way of managing
running apps and windows.
It never became an approved project, but I continued to live on
it for many months until it just stopped working with newer
versions of hardware and software. By then, our team had moved on
to other things.
At WWDC 2022, I was very excited to see Apple announce a new
feature for macOS and iPad called Stage Manager. It’s a radical
new way to manage windows and likely makes much of Exposé and the
Dock functionality irrelevant. Sound familiar? Well, it turns out
it looks familiar too!
What a fun story.