Microsoft talks about the next-gen Task Manager for Windows 11

With Windows 11 version 22H2 we get a new task manager built on top of the existing task manager. In a recent webcast, Microsoft explained the new Task Manager design and features and why they ditched the tabbed interface for a hamburger menu.

Justifying the hamburger menu, Microsoft said it wanted the task manager to follow the design principles set by the modern UI framework and Windows 11. This new interface is organized in several ways and Microsoft wanted to follow the same principle than the task manager.

By toggling the hamburger menu, Microsoft also hopes to organize the navigation system and bring the legacy areas in line with the Windows 11 look. Plus, the new design is definitely keyboard-friendly and accessibility-friendly.

The company wanted to use the newly created white space at the top of the app, allowing users to access the most common commands.

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    The new task manager offers better accessibility

    The original tab/section area now houses common actions that are unique to each Task Manager page. You can create a new task or run a task without opening additional menus because the options are displayed in the command bar.

    Another notable change is the new settings page which can be used to switch between dark/light mode and the default landing page set.

    As for status icons in Task Manager, Microsoft says it decided to replace the hover icon with a pause icon to reduce clutter.

    New Task Manager feature improves UI responsiveness

    In terms of features, there is a new addition called "Efficiency Mode" which will help you limit CPU resources for a specific process.

    "When you normally play with Windows, there must be a specific process or application that is using a lot of resources (CPU). In the past, we always had only one option: go ahead and put it there. end via Task Manager,” said the Microsoft program manager working on Task Manager.

    Task manager efficiency mode

    "You can actually use efficiency mode not only to limit CPU resources, but also to improve UI responsiveness."

    Currently, Task Manager's efficient mode can only speed up CPU-intensive applications, but Microsoft is also exploring support for memory and network usage that may be enabled in a future release.

    With Windows 11 version 22H2 we get a new task manager built on top of the existing task manager. In a recent webcast, Microsoft explained the new Task Manager design and features and why they ditched the tabbed interface for a hamburger menu.

    Justifying the hamburger menu, Microsoft said it wanted the task manager to follow the design principles set by the modern UI framework and Windows 11. This new interface is organized in several ways and Microsoft wanted to follow the same principle than the task manager.

    By toggling the hamburger menu, Microsoft also hopes to organize the navigation system and bring the legacy areas in line with the Windows 11 look. Plus, the new design is definitely keyboard-friendly and accessibility-friendly.

    The company wanted to use the newly created white space at the top of the app, allowing users to access the most common commands.

    The new task manager offers better accessibility

    The original tab/section area now houses common actions that are unique to each Task Manager page. You can create a new task or run a task without opening additional menus because the options are displayed in the command bar.

    Another notable change is the new settings page which can be used to switch between dark/light mode and the default landing page set.

    As for status icons in Task Manager, Microsoft says it decided to replace the hover icon with a pause icon to reduce clutter.

    New Task Manager feature improves UI responsiveness

    In terms of features, there is a new addition called "Efficiency Mode" which will help you limit CPU resources for a specific process.

    "When you normally play with Windows, there must be a specific process or application that is using a lot of resources (CPU). In the past, we always had only one option: go ahead and put it there. end via Task Manager,” said the Microsoft program manager working on Task Manager.

    Task manager efficiency mode

    "You can actually use efficiency mode not only to limit CPU resources, but also to improve UI responsiveness."

    Currently, Task Manager's efficient mode can only speed up CPU-intensive applications, but Microsoft is also exploring support for memory and network usage that may be enabled in a future release.

    Via: Windows 11 Central

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