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Microsoft is working on a redesigned Task Manager app for Windows 11

W11 Taskman Dark
W11 Taskman Dark (Image credit: FireCubeStudios)

Today's Windows 11 preview build has revealed that Microsoft is working on a redesigned Task Manager app with a modern interface that matches the rest of the Windows 11 UI. It's hidden in build 22538 which rolled out to the Insider Program a few hours ago, and is still rather incomplete.

This early build of the new Task Manager app does give us a pretty good idea around what the new Task Manager is going to look like. Just like other Windows 11 apps, it appears to feature WinUI design components, including Mica blur effects. The old tabbed interface along the top has been replaced by a sidebar down the left-hand side of the app.

Outside of the new UI, this updated Task Manager app isn't fully functional yet. The overview statistics along the top are dummy UI, though the other tabs still show live info, albeit with the older Task Manager elements simply pasted on top of the new interface.

It's great to see that Microsoft is continuing its parade of updating legacy areas of the Windows OS with modern Windows 11 centric designs. Right now, Microsoft is currently testing a new Notepad and Music Player app with similar designs. Last year, Microsoft shipped Windows 11 with a new Paint app with the same updated design treatment too.

Once again, this new Task Manager app is hidden in the latest Insider build. It's not intended to be used just yet, hence why it's in such an unfinished state and not yet officially announced by Microsoft. What are your thoughts on the new Task Manager app for Windows 11?

Zac Bowden
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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

11 Comments
  • This looks promising. Though I u wish they just remove that "Task Manager" text on the titlebar and use that space for that new hero header that shows more information and buttons. To make the Task Manager slightly more compact. The use of left pane navigation also takes so much space when expanded, especially for already information dense Task Manager. Pivot navigation could have been nicer, but it is what it is now. 🤷
  • Agreed
    I also hope they won't follow all the usual "modern" design trends that goes completely against information density.
  • Yeah, there has to be a balance somewhere. Some white spaces are necessary, but not too much. Majority of users don't have large 4K desktop monitors. Many uses laptop only these days, which isn't big.
  • then just don't expand it. their icons are understandable enough
  • Great look! Wonder what features will go missing with this new design 😁
  • Thx u MS, love u for this
  • I couldn't care less what Microsoft is planning for Windows 11. Unless they rescind their elimination of ALL my home PC's, I'll be going to Linux Mint next year or the year after--whenever they stop supporting 10. Goodbye MS.
  • 2025, IIRC. If they aren't Windows 11 compatible, then I'm guessing they are several years old already. By Windows 10 EoL, they'll probably by 8-10 years old. And you wouldn't normally have replaced any of them by then? Why not get processors that aren't potentially vulnerable to Spectre/Meltdown? Processors that have that protection built in are supported by Windows 11.
  • Seems like you are posting the same s**t over The Verge under the name UncleNine - https://www.theverge.com/2022/1/20/22892879/microsoft-windows-11-new-tas...
    Bro you are pathetic
  • Why... The current task manager works absolutely fine and needs no change. Just watch how they are going to spend the next 2 years fixing issues and bringing back old features in the new version.
  • Before redesigning it, they should work on fixing this persistent bug that the task manager has on Windows 11. Whenever I click on "Name" to organize the list of programs by name after clicking on, for instance, "CPU" to organize them by CPU usage, Task Manager hangs, crashes and starts up again, often not letting me organize the programs by name again until reboot.