The upcoming Sun Valley 2 update will come with a new Task Manager that adapts to the OS-wide and gets a modern look. This new design has now manifested itself in preview builds available to Windows Insider users.
Microsoft is not coding a new UWP Task Manager for Windows 11. Instead, the company will make some WinUI-inspired tweaks over the existing Win32 implementation of the Task Manager. This also gives us an idea of what Microsoft has planned for other legacy areas of the system.
As you can see in the images below, Microsoft’s new Task Manager finally feels like it belongs in Windows 11. The software giant has added tabs used to switch between Processes, Performance and other sections to a menu on the left. With its left-hand scrolling menu, the Task Manager now looks much more like most modern Windows 11 apps.
Like Windows 10, Windows 11 uses “accent colors” for various screen elements. You need to choose an accent color from the Personalization tab or choose the “Automatically choose an accent color from the background” setting to automatically match the color with the background.
Microsoft hasn’t mentioned any other tweaks coming to the Task Manager, and it appears that the release in Windows 11 Build 22610 is premature as it’s not quite ready. According to reports, the company also plans to add some additional features to the app. For example, Task Manager is getting a new section to display specific information about “Application health” and “Battery health”.