With version 22H2 or Sun Valley 2, another visual change comes to Windows 11. One of the most useful and popular tools, the “Task Manager”, is updated with Fluent Design and WinUI to align it more with the rest of the operating systems . new design approach.
Microsoft has been working on the redesigned Task Manager for a few months and it’s in early development, so it doesn’t contain many modern design changes at the moment. The new Task Manager design uses WinUI and is built on top of the existing Win32 framework
In other words, Microsoft isn’t planning to build Task Manager from scratch on the UWP. The company plans to incorporate the new Windows 11 theme into the existing Task Manager and add support for some new features like dark mode and a dedicated settings page to help users manage certain features.
Aside from dark mode, one noticeable difference is a new layout to house options like Process, Performance, Disk, GPU, Network, etc.
Microsoft has removed the tabbed interface and replaced it with a more tactile hamburger menu. Instead of the existing tabbed interface buttons, you’ll find a new command bar with options like “New Task”, “End Task”, etc.
Microsoft has moved other advanced options to a new settings page within Task Manager.
As you can see from the screenshot above, options like “Default Start Page”, “Real-time Refresh Rate” and “Window Management” have been relocated to the settings page for easier access.
Similarly, the flagship theme of Windows 11, “Mica”, is also evident. For the inexperienced, Mica’s stuff allows Task Manager to embed the Windows theme and desktop background into the background of the application.
Of course, the Task Manager context menu has also been updated with rounded corners.
Task Manager now supports efficiency mode
Microsoft is also testing a new “efficiency mode” for Task Manager. Formerly known as “Eco mode”, Task Manager’s newest feature allows users to monitor the power consumption of each running process.
You can launch Efficiency mode from the new command bar on the Processes page. Or you can also right click on the process. Efficiency mode works on a per-process basis, so it does not apply to the entire process in the group.
As the name suggests, efficiency mode allows you to minimize the resource usage of a particular process without affecting the performance of the operating system as a whole. However, it can cause stability issues for linked processes, which is why the company has disabled the option for all native apps and internal processes.
Since Windows Task Manager is still under development, much of the new Task Manager uses elements of the legacy Task Manager. Many of the older items have been pasted into the new one, so it doesn’t look right when you browse pages like Details, Startup Apps, and more.
The redesigned Task Manager is currently rolling out with Windows 11 Build 22557 and is expected to hit production builds later this year.