Microsoft is preparing to revamp Task Manager in Windows 11. Like the rest of the operating system, Task Manager is getting a new design that matches Microsoft’s new Fluent Design language. It looks like Microsoft hid the new design in the guts of recent Windows 11 builds, but an engineering student Gustave Monce, who previously ran Windows 11 on a phone, discovered the work in progress and shared it on Discord this week.
It’s possible to enable the new Task Manager in the latest preview builds of Windows 11, but Microsoft hasn’t officially announced the redesign. “This is a hidden feature in the new version,” says Monce. “Everything is broken though.” It’s clearly the start of this new design, but it already includes a dark mode and interface that closely matches Windows 11’s big design changes – rounded corners, pastel tones and an emphasis on simplification.
The existing task manager tabs have been replaced with a sidebar that lets you switch between different sections of the app. Task Manager is a large legacy part of Windows that got its start with Windows NT 4.0. It has not undergone any significant changes for almost 10 years since its last revision in Windows 8.
Microsoft is gradually redesigning most of the legacy parts of Windows. A new Media Player app is currently being tested, and Windows 11 is also getting a revamped Notepad app with Dark Mode support.