Items tagged with Task Manager

One of the aspects of the current Windows Task Manager UI that doesn't scale particularly well, even on existing systems, is the CPU Usage monitor. Trying to track more than four cores quickly devolves into a game of "find the thread." The more cores you have, the less useful information the panel conveys. The 60s moving average CPU utilization line goes from a useful point of reference to a massive tangle of updating graphs, only a handful of which contain information that's actually germane to the task at hand. Windows 8 replaces the old view with a new, color-coded 'heat map' grid of data that scales much more effectively to handle large data sets. The image above shows Windows running on... Read more...
The Windows Task Manager has historically been a vital (if boring) workhorse in an OS not generally described with adjectives like "sexy." Windows 8 has set out to change that, and the preliminary information available suggests the new manager is a significant advancement over the old. Microsoft's research indicates that the most common actions performed in Task Manager both relate to ending programs/processes. With that information in hand, the company has significantly changed the default behavior of the Task Manager, while overhauling the way advanced details are presented. The TM's default view is now entirely devoted to closing tasks. Click on More Details, and a TM much closer to the classic... Read more...