Windows 11’s Task Manager is getting new features

Windows 11 Task Manager features

Microsoft is working on two new features for Windows 11’s Task
Manager: Microsoft Edge integration and Eco Mode. Microsoft
Edge integration is now rolling out to devices running
Windows 11 Build 22000.282, while the Eco Mode feature is
expected to arrive later this year or early next year.

To ensure the browser doesn’t reduce the performance of your
machine, Windows 11’s Task Manager can now better manage
resources used by the Edge browser. As you’re probably aware,
managing browsers using the Task Manager can be very
frustrating and Microsoft wants to improve the experience.

Microsoft Edge 94 comes with several improvements for Windows
11’s Task Manager to better represent the browser processes. On
Windows 10 or older, when you open Task Manager and tap on the
Microsoft Edge processes tab, you will come across a list of
processes using the generic name “Microsoft Edge”.

Currently, it is impossible to close tabs or extensions using
the Task Manager. Thanks to the new update, Task Manager can
now display a detailed view of the browser processes.

Task Manager improvements

This is possible due to Microsoft Edge’s multi-process
architecture:

  • The browser now includes the GPU process and crashpad
    process in the Task Manager.
  • For extensions and plugins, Task Manager will now display
    the process type and the name of the extension.
  • Tabs will now include the site, icon and topic name. For
    InPrivate tabs, the site name and icon will be replaced with a
    generic icon to reflect the private browsing session. For
    subframes like advertisements, you will see ‘subframe’ and
    subframe’s URL in the Task Manager.
  • Task Manager can now also list workers and service workers.

For some services like Microsoft Office web, item (tab) would
share the same process with other items. You can click on the
arrow to expand the process and see the other items of
Microsoft Office.

Microsoft is testing this new feature for Task Manager and it
will begin rolling out to more Windows 11 users in the coming
weeks.

Eco mode for Windows 11

Microsoft is also believed to be working on a new Eco mode for
Task Manager. With this feature, you can take action against
resource-intensive apps. If you turn on Eco mode for an app,
Microsoft will reduce the priority of the process to ‘low’,
allowing other apps to get priority for system resources.

This feature is expected to arrive later this year or early
next year.

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