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Microsoft Reveals Windows 8 Details

14 October 2011 by Alice Cullen

Microsoft has given us a sneak peek into a few details about its Windows 8 developments and revealed some improvements it has made to the new Task Manager.

In the Building Windows 8 blog the week, group program manager Ryan Haveson explained that the team redesigned the Task Manager after assessing how people use the function. The main focus of the redevelopment is to optimise the areas that people use the most without compromising thier functionality.

The team’s research showed that most people are using only the first two tabs of the current Windows Task Manager for simply ending an application or process. Taking this into consideration, the revamped Task Manager for Windows 8 has a simplified version of the interface and the extra tabs have been removed. This has left the utility looking cleaner and simpler but still able to fulfill its purpose.

The new Task Manager makes it easier to identify each application in use on your system by grouping applications, background processes, and Windows processes. For processes that you’re unsure of, Windows 8 includes a menu optionwhere you can right click on the process to do a search on the web to learn more about it.

Another notable feature of the Windows 8 Task Manager is the addition of a heat map view making it easy to locate the apps that are misbehaving and taking up too much system resources. Apps or processes that are using resources above a certain threshold are also highlighted in this view.

Windows 8 Task Manager heat map

Screenshot of the Windows 8 redeveloped task manager