Introducing the Windows 8 Task Manager [Videos]

Ryan Haveson, the group program manager of Microsoft's In Control of Your PC team, authored a blog post on Building Windows 8 about Task Manager."As we mentioned during the Windows 8 keynote at //build/, every 15 years or so we choose to update Task Manager. Of course that was said in jest as we have […]

Ryan Haveson, the group program manager of Microsoft's In Control of Your PC team, authored a blog post on Building Windows 8 about Task Manager.

"As we mentioned during the Windows 8 keynote at //build/, every 15 years or so we choose to update Task Manager. Of course that was said in jest as we have incrementally improved the utility in just about every release of Windows. For Windows 8, we took a new look at the tool and thought through some new scenarios and a new way of tuning the tool for "both ends of the spectrum" in terms of end-users and those that need very fine-grained control over what is going on with their PC," said Steven Sinofsky.

Ryan said, based on all of the data and our background research, we decided to focus on following three key goals:

  • "Optimize Task Manager for the most common scenarios. Focus on the scenarios that the data points to: (1) use the applications tab to find and close a specific application, or (2) go to the processes tab, sort on resource usage, and kill some processes to reclaim resources.
  • Use modern information design to achieve functional goals. Build a tool that is thoughtful and modern by focusing on information design and data visualization to help achieve the functional scenario goals.
  • Don't remove functionality. While there are some notable core scenarios, there is a really long list of other, less frequent usage scenarios for Task Manager. We explicitly set a goal to not remove functionality, but rather to augment, enhance, and improve," he said.

"We added quite a lot to the new Task Manager (and we only showed you the first tab!). Task Manager was a unique opportunity for user experience designers and researchers working together with technical program managers and engineers to create a clean, organized, and efficient design. We made it more streamlined for mainstream users, and more detailed for power users," said Ryan.

Windows 8 Task Manager

Watch the videos below demonstrating new Windows 8 Task Manager:

Windows 8 Task Manager: Eye-tracking data

Windows 8 Task Manager