Taskbar - I miss the concept :- will it be changed in future Unity releases?

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http://askubuntu.com – I just went to Unity 12.04. I like many aspects - but i find the lack of the panel thatin Gnome used to provide a "Windows taskbar" type ability to be upsetting. I have tried using gnome-panel from the terminal but it does interfere with some window top line behavior, as you probably already know. I know about using alt-tab, Super-S and a few other tricks as well for finding out whats running and min/max/closing that window. But it doesn't seem the same :-(, not at all. Will this be addressed in subsequent graphical portions of the Unity approach that is considered as normal/integral to Unity (HowTos)