Microsoft's Windows 8 Tinkers With Task Manager
Microsoft's Windows 8 will feature a revamped task manager, yet another tweak in the upcoming operating system.The Windows teams crafting the next version of the popular operating system, in essence, serve two masters: The casual users who want an easy-to-use interface, lightweight enough to run on lower-powered PCs and tablets, and the power users who want their highly customized systems to power through arcane multiple processor-draining tasks. With task manager, the issue of trying to serve the needs of both those groups comes to something of a head. The frustrated casual user, having tried to run a game atop their Word processor, and having vapor-locked their system as a result, wants only to open task manager and smack the "End Task" button. The power user, on the other hand, wants access to those tabs along the top, including "Networking" and "Users," that give them more granular control over Windows processes.
Taking all that into account, task manager for Windows 8 will boast a fairly radical new look. "The value of the default view is all about what we took out. We removed everything not focused on the core task of killing apps, which makes the design focused and efficient," Ryan Haveson, group program manager of Microsoft's In Control of Your PC team, wrote in an Oct. 13 posting on the Building Windows 8 blog.