So you agree that the notification area still works. Good!
Now, you specifically say Windows 7. In Windows 8, there are 2 modes. The Metro one, where I think no taskbar exists and entire programs have to be rewritten. Aside from that, there is another mode working like Windows 7.
Seems overly similar to GNOME 3 and fallback mode to me. Except that in GNOME 3, your GNOME 2 applications actually will still work. As your XFCE ones, KDE, and more.
Now you also seem focussed on masturbation. Really, TMI, ok?