One of the key areas which gnome always lacked was the message tray. From Gnome 3.6, this area is going to be re-branded and is going to have some awesome features. Have a look at the below screenshot as to know how this tray will look like:
As you see, the message tray has the ability to not only display chat notifications, but also music, downloads, backups and more. Currently, the following integration are being planned:
- Music Player
- Text Chat
- Voice or Video call
- Microblogging client
- Email client
- Software updates
- Power management
- IRC Chat
According to the proposed design the items in the message tray will be considerably larger, 48x48px. Message tray isn't an overlay, but modal in a way. It pushes the view up. If the number of items grows beyond available space, the icons are scaled down in a similar fashion to the dash in the overview.
With the calender integrated, you can get quick access to days appointments and more. This whiteboard picture below depicts its working:
The chat box now also displays the chat status like online, away etc
With so much features planned, will Gnome 3.6 be one of the best Gnome releases ever?