With Windows 11 version 22H2, we get a new Task Manager on top of the existing Task Manager. In a recent webcast, Microsoft explained the new design and features coming to the Task Manager, and why they ditched the tab-based interface for a hamburger menu.
To justify the hamburger menu, Microsoft said they wanted the Task Manager to follow the design principles set by the modern UI framework and Windows 11. This new interface is uncluttered in many ways, and Microsoft wanted to follow the same principle for Task Manager.
By changing the hamburger menu, Microsoft also hopes to clean up the navigation system and align the legacy areas with the look and feel of Windows 11. You can click the hamburger menu and scroll through the pages or Ctrl + tab key. to browse the pages as well, so the new design is definitely keyboard and accessibility friendly.
The company wanted to use the newly created empty space at the top of the app by giving users access to the most common commands.
New Task Manager offers better accessibility
The original tab/section area now contains common actions that are unique to each Task Manager page. You can create a new task or run a task without opening an extra menu as the options are displayed in the command bar.
Another notable change is the new settings page that can be used to switch between dark/light mode and the set default landing page.
As for the status icons in the Task Manager, Microsoft says it has decided to replace the paused icon with a pause icon to avoid confusion.
New Task Manager feature improves user interface responsiveness
As for features, there is a new addition called ‘Efficiency Mode’ that will help you to limit CPU resources for a particular process
“If you normally play with Windows, there must be some process or app that is using a lot of resources (CPU). In the past we always had only one option and that was to go ahead and end it via Task Manager”, Microsoft’s program manager who works on Task Manager said†
“You can use efficiency mode to not only limit your CPU resources but also improve your UI responsiveness”.
Currently, Task Manager’s efficient mode can only throttle CPU-intensive apps, but Microsoft is also exploring support for memory and network usage, which could be enabled in a future release.