Thank you for your feedback, Harlan. I appreciate you taking time to address this issue, and shed some light on the factors that have influenced the decision not to bring the dock/hide feature into V9.
Based on what you've said, it sounds like there are several important considerations here:
> focusing on "mission critical" features as the top priority
> difficulty in terms of implementing this feature in V9
> user confusion using the dock/auto-hide feature
> redundancy with new features in Windows 10
I understand completely that "mission critical" features must be the top priority. My only hope was that the dock/auto-hide feature might be an option that could be reconsidered as a future enhancement -- at some point after the official release of TB9.
That said, if the complexity of today's windowing systems has made it more difficult now to implement this feature, I can see this would be sufficient reason to retire this feature.
However, I confess I'm not sure why using multiple windows/tabs and having multiple brains open at one time are "are largely incompatible with the auto-hide feature". I routinely have 2-3 V8 brains open at one time, and I use the auto-hide feature all the time with each of them.
In addition, i am puzzled by your comment that the dock/auto-hide feature required "quite a lot of time and effort for users to learn and understand". You, of course, are much more keenly aware of the amount of support required to help users make sense of this feature -- but from where I sit, the dock/auto-hide feature is considerably simpler and easier to use than several of the features that have already been incorporated into TB9 (timeline and events, setting up custom hot keys, managing proxy settings, etc.)
(In addition, the dock/auto-hide feature was always an optional feature of TB8, so new users never needed to bother with it, if it didn't suit their needs.)
Perhaps most importantly, after reviewing some of the new Win10 features you described above, it is still not clear to me where the redundancy lies with the dock/auto-hide feature. Specifically, I'm not sure which of the new Win10 features will allow for the functionality bmac described:
-- "The other beauty was that you could simply drag a file onto the auto hide icon for dropping into the brain in the current thought."
As such, the dock/auto-hide feature provides for significantly greater efficiency and ease-of-use in integrating new content (links and files) into an already open brain. In addition, when using the dock/auto-hide feature:
> no keystrokes are required to open or minimize TB (as is required with the built-in Win7 docking feature) and
> the desktop is not obscured (as is the case the with the split screen mode)
In light of this, could you (or any other other Win10 user here) explain in more detail how we will be able to drag/drop links and files into an open brain without:
> cutting/pasting content between multiple windows (or virtual desktops)
> without multiple key strokes to open and/or minimize windows, and
> without obscuring the desktop using split screens?