Microsoft details Windows 8 Task Manager features and layout

By on October 14, 2011, 12:30 PM

Microsoft has detailed some of the new changes in Task Manager coming with Windows 8. The new version is a major change to the app that brings multiple improvements to one of Microsoft’s most commonly used features.

As with previous correspondence regarding their next-generation operating system, information about the new Task Manager comes via the Building Windows 8 blog. Group program manager of Microsoft’s In Control of Your PC team Ryan Haveson outlines some fundamental problems with the existing app that the team wanted to address.

They wanted to build a tool that was well designed, thoughtful and modern. Additionally the team wanted to fill in some gaps that forced more technical users to use other tools, such as Resource Monitor and Process Explorer. Finally, the new Task Manager needed better data organization for those new to this level of data.

During the redesign process, Microsoft found that 85 percent of users only used the Applications and Processes tabs in Task Manager. Further analysis showed that most users sort columns by CPU usage, private working set and image name, and that the top user actions have to do with ending tasks.

As such, a new set of goals came to life for the project. The team wanted to optimize Task Manager for the most common scenarios and use a modern interface to achieve fundamental goals, all without removing functionality in the process.

The new Task Manager is much cleaner looking than previous versions, but by using a “More details” button, technical users can still access much of the same functionality as before. Microsoft has also done a much better job grouping similar tasks together and filtering data based on usage statistics. There is even a heat map which represents different values with colors based on usage. You can read more about the changes at the Building Windows 8 blog.

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Guest said:

looks ok and the changes they have made will help the newbie , brian.

PC EliTiST PC EliTiST said:

The new Task Manager is really nice. If only they had add GPU monitor/graph, like the "Process Explorer", then would be perfect.

Mudvayne819 said:

i agree with pc elitist, they need a gpu graph that could be handy

Guest said:

Read the offical blog that explains all the changes and I really like and understand what they did with task manager.

Cota Cota said:

Nice job, adding a better UI without removing the soup i need!

Guest said:

hmm.. Looks Excel-like

Guest said:

Now just remove "new" desktop, and come back to Win7 desktop and we will be fine.

Guest said:

My first reaction after seeing is it is that the fewer option window is directly copied from mac os x.

If Windows continues to blindly copy Mac OS X then the end is not far....

Guest said:

I dont understand why every apple user thinks that everything that apple makes is unique and always copied by other. the only reason i can think of is that they only follow apple . this is height of being ignorant.

Guest said:

Sometimes, truth hurts,

but still is TRUTH!

olibenu said:

they are all Operating Systems, they should be alike in some aspects!

Guest said:

Take a look at the Windows 95 task manager. Exact same, but now with a details button. I like it

fpsgamerJR62 said:

Are they going to make it easier to launch Task Manager or are we still going to do the 3-finger dance ?

Ctrl-Alt-Delete anyone ? Would be nice if it was a single click launch from the task bar.

Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

Would be nice if it was a single click launch from the task bar.

Task bar: Right click > Start Task Manager

Two clicks isn't exactly much worse than one click. ;-) And if you want it in "one click", then do the two click method and right click on the icon in the task bar and "Pin program to task bar". That ought to tide you over until they implement your idea. ;-)

Gars Gars said:

how do i right click on touch screen?

Guest said:

long press = right-click on most touch interfaces.

Gars Gars said:

thank you sir

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