Microsoft announced a brand-new Task Manager for Windows 11

Microsoft has been working on a new Task Manager for Windows 11 for quite a while now. Users noticed the first traces of a new Task Manager several weeks ago in one of the recent Windows 11 preview builds. At that moment, the redesigned Task Manager was nothing but a broken concept with a janky UI. Now Microsoft is ready for you to test the redesigned Task Manager for Windows 11.


The latest Windows 11 Dev build has a brand-new (more importantly, working) Task Manager with many exciting features. The first thing you will notice after launching Task Manager in Windows 11 build 22557 is a new UI. It now matches the overall looks of Windows 11, such as the hamburger menu (quite a questionable UI feature, to be honest), better icons, a dedicated settings page, and a new command bar on each page with access to common actions.

New Task Manager in Windows 11

The latter makes Task Manager more accessible and improves feature discoverability. Users will no longer have to dive into menus and submenus to run a new task, kill a process, or change the view. Neat.

For many people, dark mode support will be the most important change. Task Manager in Windows 11 will follow a system-wide theme by default, but it also has an option for manual switching between light and dark modes.

Note that you need to update to Windows 11 build 22557 in the Dev channel to test the new Task Manager with its glorious improvements. If using unstable Windows versions is not your cup of tea, there is good news for you: Microsoft recently announced a major shift in how it delivers feature updates for Windows 11.

Kiss goodbye to yearly "big" updates with new capabilities. Now the company wants to include new features in monthly cumulative updates as it was with February 2022 non-security updates. You can read more about the change here.


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Author: Taras Buria

Taras is here to cover stories about Microsoft and everything around, although sometimes he prefers Apple.

3 thoughts on “Microsoft announced a brand-new Task Manager for Windows 11”

  1. Glorious? It’s terrible UI. The author must be out of his mind if he/she thinks this design is good. Look on the left – that terrible symbols only UI.

  2. I am on build 22557 and I still don’t have the new Task Manager. I wonder if it’s because it is not rolled out to all users yet.

    1. They said only the Efficient mode is under the gradual roll-out, but not the app.
      You can force-enable it manually using the instructions from our earlier post. In short, download the ViveTool app from GitHub and activate the Task Manager with the following commands:
      vivetool addconfig 35908098 2
      vivetool addconfig 37204171 2
      vivetool addconfig 36898195 2
      vivetool addconfig 36898195 2

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