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Microsoft gives Task Manager a brand new design in Windows 11 after years of stagnation

The Task Manager should eventually look like this in Windows 11. (Image source: Gustave Monce)
The Task Manager should eventually look like this in Windows 11. (Image source: Gustave Monce)
Microsoft is preparing to release a revised version of Task Manager, which is yet to receive a Windows 11 lick of paint. The new Task Manager is already hiding in the latest beta versions of Microsoft's operating system, and a developer has already shared screenshots of it.

Gustave Monce, a developer who has brought Windows 11 to the Lumia 950 XL, has discovered an early version of a new Task Manager, an app that Microsoft has not updated in years. Supposedly, the new design is present in the latest preview versions of Windows 11, but it is still far from the final version. As the screenshot below shows, most core functions are still missing; Monce states that the new Task Manager currently has more bugs than features.

Microsoft has not officially announced the new design, but Monce's screenshot shows where Task Manager is headed. Specifically, the new Task Manager has received Windows 11's design language, along with dark mode optimisations. Microsoft moved away from the horizontally-aligned tabs in the existing Task Manager too, even if the new layout is functionally the same.

One notable change is the summary panel that shows current CPU, GPU, Memory, Disk and Network utilisation. Arguably, this is the biggest overhaul of Task Manager since Windows 8, which shipped in 2012. Microsoft also plans to issue a redesigned Media Player, which replaces the ageing Windows Media Player and Groove Music. You can follow Microsoft's changes to Windows 11 on the Windows Insider Blog.

(Image source: Gustave Monce)

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Alex Alderson, 2022-01-21 (Update: 2022-01-21)