The spot on the Windows taskbar that houses various small icons, reports the correct time, and displays application notifications is officially known as:
a. The System Tray
b. The Notification Area
c. The Dock
d. Funkytown
e. The Place on Your Screen Where Your Eyesight Goes to Die

Most users call it the System Tray, but Microsoft's own documentation indicate pretty clearly that the proper name is Notification Area. The term System Tray comes from Systray.exe, a background app that manages the Notification Area, which started showing up in Windows 95.

b. The Notification Area