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Microsoft makes us "dream" with a colorful Windows task manager

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Written by Guillaume
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The next major update for Windows 11 is not due to be released until next autumn, but clues about its content are gradually appearing.

Codenamed Sun Valley 2, the 22H2 update of Windows 11 should be the occasion of important changes and others more minor. According to Microsoft's habits, this update should be released in October, but already, some information has been revealed. Thus, through Windows Latest, we learn that the editor's teams are working on an overhaul of one of the most important tools, the task manager.

First of all, it is obviously the cosmetic changes that stand out. Microsoft didn't use the spoon when integrating most of the WinUI 3.0 design elements. It is thus possible to enjoy the Mica effects of Windows 11, the contributions of Fluent Design and, of course, the support of the inevitable dark mode. The few screenshots available also show that Microsoft has opted to support the so-called accent colors of the system. In fact, it is possible to customize the OS interface with particular colors used on the Start menu, the taskbar, the title bars... but also the task manager.

On a more "functional" level, Microsoft has decided to review the behavior of its task manager by removing the classic tabbed navigation. In fact, the tabs "processes", "performance", "application history", "startup", "users", "details" and "services" disappear. Of course, the functions remain: Microsoft has simply decided to place them in a sidebar, which also contains a new "settings" option that allows you to switch between light and dark modes.

Of course, this is just a taste of the new Task Manager and it is quite possible that Microsoft will make another major revision before the launch of Sun Valley 2 in the fall.