Today’s Windows 11 preview release revealed that Microsoft is working on a redesigned task management app with a modern interface that matches the rest of Windows 11’s user interface. It is hidden in build 22538 which rolled out to the Insider program a few hours ago and is still rather incomplete.
This first version of the new Task Manager app gives us a pretty good idea of what the new Task Manager will look like. Just like other Windows 11 apps, it appears to feature WinUI design components, including Mica blur effects. The old tabbed interface at the top has been replaced with a sidebar on the left side of the app.
Apart from the new user interface, this updated task manager application is not yet fully functional. The preview stats at the top are a dummy UI, although the other tabs still show live information, albeit with the old task manager items just pasted on top of the new interface.
It’s great to see that Microsoft is continuing its parade of updating legacy areas of the Windows operating system with modern designs centered around Windows 11. Right now, Microsoft is testing a new Notepad and Reader app of music with similar designs. Last year, Microsoft shipped Windows 11 with a new Paint app with the same updated design treatment.
Again, this new Task Manager app is hidden in the latest Insider release. It is not intended for use yet, which is why it is in such an unfinished state and not yet officially announced by Microsoft. What do you think of the new Task Manager app for Windows 11?