In-depth with the Windows 8 Task Manager, Shows Off Fingerprint Support

Windows 8 Task Manager walk through new features and enhancements, and some lesser-known tips and tricks. New video shows off Fingerprint support. Limited-time free Touch or Type Cover with Surface RT.

Microsoft's latest in-depth looks at the Windows 8 Task Manager in more detail, and walk through some of the new features and enhancements, and also show some lesser-known tips and tricks as well.

"Windows Task Manager is a great tool for these tasks, and it's always just a couple clicks away."

For Windows 8, the Task Manager got a major overhaul that includes a lot of great new features that includes several performance tools to help you optimize your PC.

Task Mangaer Windows  7 vs. Windows 8

As you can see in the picutre above, the Task Manager in Windows 8 (on right) is entirely different from the one in Windows 7 (on the left), featuring a new Processes tab that has been completely redesigned, Performance and Networking tabs have been merged, and new tabs such as App History and Startup have been added to the Task Manager.

When you launch the Windows 8 Task Manager, by default you'll see a simple view where you can manage running applications. Below are a few quick ways to launch the Task Manager on Windows 8:

  • Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc
  • Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, select Task Manager
  • From the Start Screen, type "Task" (Task Manager will show up in apps list) then hit enter
  • From the desktop, right click on the task bar and select "Task Manager" from the context menu
  • Launch the Quick Link menu (Win+X) and select "Task Manager"."

In the video below, you can see whole bunch of cool tricks and time saving features in the Windows 8 Task Manager.

In another video, Microsoft shows greatly improved fingerprint support in Windows 8.1, as well as some hidden options of this new feature.

In the video, Microsoft's Chris Hallum heard saying that fingerprint authentication is "super-fast" as well as Hallum shows the new fingerprint support lets users lock down not only the computer itself, but also the installed apps and some of the built-in features.

Microsoft also released a new Windows 8.1 Preview teaser video ahead of the public launch on June 26.

Also, the Bing Translator app, which is already available for Windows Phone, is now available in a new Windows 8 version redesigned "from the ground up."

The app lets you translate text from websites, apps, and even signs or other objects when you view them through your device's camera. You can also hear translations spoken with a native speaker's accent by typing text into your keyboard, and use offline language packs to access the app without an Internet connection.

Check out the demo video below, or download the app here.

Microsoft also launched a limited time "one month" only offer, to get a free Touch or Type Cover with Surface RT.

"Get down with the snapping action seen on those catchy Surface commercials and save some dough while you're at it. (We can't guarantee you're going to dance like a Stomp cast member, but you will be a cooler kid.) If you buy a Surface RT before June 30, you can get a free Touch Cover, Touch Cover Limited Edition or Type Cover (normally, these will run you at least $120!)." Microsoft stated.

Check out more details on the Surface blog.

And in the Windows Phone releated news, the official Twitter app for Windows Phone was just updated in the Windows Phone Store with way more than 140 characters' worth of useful upgrades.

Many of the latest upgrades are of special interest to the photo buffs among us, including Lens app integration, photo filter support, and the ability to save tweeted photos to your phone. You can also now play embedded Vine videos right within tweets.

You can download the app from Windows Store.

Also, Microsoft's Skype team shared five essential tips to get the most out of Skype for Windows Phone 8:

  • "Multi-tasking during a Skype call
  • Starting conversations from the People Hub
  • Previewing messages on the Start screen
  • Settings for notifications
  • Settings for lock screen notifications."