Microsoft plans to release a redesigned Task Manager application for Windows 11

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  • Microsoft has revealed that, in Windows 11, the company plans to release a redesigned Task Manager app.
  • The new User Interface is now available through the updated Task Manager app, but not all of the new features have been enabled yet.
  • Microsoft is updating its legacy areas in the Windows operating system, introducing elements of the design for the upcoming Windows 11 release.

The latest Windows 11 preview build reveals that Microsoft is working on a redesigned Task Manager with a modern UI that matches the rest of Windows 11.

The feature was announced in build 22538, which rolled out to the Windows Insider Program a few hours ago. It is still incomplete.

The early build of the new Task Manager app suggests that Microsoft may be following Google’s lead in consolidating various system-monitoring tools in one place.

The Windows 11 app looks like other Windows 11 apps, using WinUI design components, including the Mica blur effect.

New interface

The app’s interface has been overhauled. The old tabbed navigation is gone; it’s been replaced with a sidebar down the left-hand edge of the app.

Although the new UI is available in the updated Task Manager app, the app’s functionality has not been completely enabled.

The overview statistics across the top are dummy user interface elements. Although the other tabs still show live information, it is in the older, Task Manager-style format.

Microsoft has not officially released a Linux distro. According to Monce, the product is not yet ready for prime time.

ViVeTool application

Microsoft does not officially support Windows 11 on the Dev channel, but you can enable it. To install the ViVeTool application, first, download and extract the installation file. Next, run the Terminal application as an administrator from within the ViVeTool directory and enter the following command:

vivetool addconfig 35908098 2

vivetool addconfig 37204171 2

vivetool addconfig 36898195 2

vivetool addconfig 36898195 2

To start the process, restart your computer and when the Windows logo appears, tap the Shift key five times. This will bring you to a secret new version of Windows.

Not up and running yet

The new tile manager looks like an interesting addition to the task manager, but it is currently not functional, so we will have to wait for Microsoft to make the feature available before we can truly assess how helpful it is.

Microsoft is updating its legacy areas in the Windows operating system by introducing elements of the upcoming Windows 11 design.

Microsoft has confirmed that it is conducting internal tests of new Notepad and Music Player apps with similar designs.

Last year, Microsoft shipped Windows 11 with an updated Paint app that is consistent with the visual design language of other modern apps.

Are you excited to see the New Taskbar design come to Windows 11? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section.