One of the most iconic features of the Mac OS is the app dock. The app dock has been a staple of the OS since forever and it’s sprouted some Windows clones that claim to offer much of the same functionality. In this list we’ll look at some of the best Mac Dock alternatives for Windows.
ObjectDock is one of the most popular Mac Dock clones available for Windows. It’s one of the oldest too, so it has tons of support as well. The level of customizability it offers justifies its $19.99 to quite an extent, as you can change everything from the icons to the Dock themes as well. You can also create tabs within docks and can adjust the color and alpha effects of the dock to your heart’s content.
XWindows Dock offers all of the basic features of the Mac Dock in a very a compact package. Granted, you don’t get the same level of customizability as in ObjectDock, but you have to consider that this is a free application. And anyway, the bundled themes that come with the application are already pretty good. The stock dock icons are sleek and very usable as well. There are some small issues such as the sensitivity of the dock itself – you’ll have to be precise with your mouse movements to find the app you want to launch. And you’ll have to make sure that the applications you’re pinning to the dock have high res icons, otherwise they’ll just look pixelated and ugly.
Rocket Dock is one of the most full-featured Mac Dock clones available for Windows. There’s a high level of customizability offered as well, with most features rivaling the paid ObjectDock software. Much like the Mac Dock, you can pin folders to the Rocket Dock as well, just like applications. And if you really hate the Windows Taskbar, there’s also an option of minimizing windows to the dock itself. Sot he dreaded Taskbar really does take a back seat.