Windows 11 22H2 has no groundbreaking new features (although there are several quality improvements here and there). However, there is one big change in this version of the operating system: a brand new Task Manager with WinUI, Fluent Design, Mica and more.
The new Task Manager is not a complete overhaul of the existing app. The homepage has been redesigned and ‘tabs’ i.e. ‘Processes’, ‘Performance’, ‘Network’ which are usually located at the top of the application have been moved to the side. The reason is that the company wants to make the Task Manager more tablet-friendly and ‘modern’.
As you can see in the screenshots below, the Task Manager window is now using new translucent Mica material. For the uninitiated, Mica is a new “design material” that aims to align the background color of the app window or title bar with the desktop background to generate a beautiful “color hierarchy”.
The Mica material used in the Task Manager is not a transparency effect. In other words, if you’ve opened the Task Manager on top of another app like Paint, Windows 11 will still apply the desktop background theme color to the Task Manager’s title bar.
This does not come at the expense of performance, according to a Microsoft official. The company insists that performance remains a top priority for the Windows 11 Task Manager overhaul, and they “want to make sure all of these new features (Mica and rounded corners) are super fast.”
In addition to the new tab layout and design, Microsoft has moved common actions such as creating a new task, ending a task, and more to the top. These common actions change when you switch between the tabs in the Task Manager.
Overall, the design may look similar to the current iteration, but the background now supports dark mode and there are rounded corners throughout. This is another step to bring the Task Manager more in line with Microsoft’s vision of a modern and visually appealing interface.
Pages like Processes now follow the system-wide Windows 11 theme color.
New performance-friendly feature in Task Manager
Task Manager’s main feature update is Efficiency Mode, a new way to make sure you have control over certain processes. Efficiency mode allows you to reduce CPU stress by minimizing process-based system resource usage. This can lead to faster foreground response and better energy efficiency.
Task Manager’s Efficiency Mode uses EcoQoS and limits process resource usage by lowering process priority. When the priority of a particular process is lowered, the app that depends on that process doesn’t just stop. Instead, it stays in the background and allows other important apps/processes to run efficiently on the CPU.
Windows 11 22H2 will be rolled out to users in October with Task Manager, Start menu features and more.