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Microsoft details new features in the Windows 8 Task Manager

Microsoft details new features in the Windows 8 Task Manager

Postby augie » Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:32 pm

In another Building Windows 8 blog post, Microsoft details the major changes the company has made with its Windows 8 Task Manager. Of the new features, we explore the new heat map, friendly names, default view, and the ability to search the web for details on an unknown process.
Microsoft had three goals in mind when it came to developing the new task manager, as the company mentioned in their Building Windows 8 blog. First, the task manager needs to be optimized for the most common scenarios. "Focus on the scenarios that the data points to either use the applications tab to find and close a specific application, or go to the processes tab, sort on resource usage, and kill some processes to reclaim resources." Secondly, the task manager needs to 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." And finally, the task manager should not lack 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."

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