The Windows Task Manager is one of the most widely used apps in the Windows operating system. It has a long history, having first showed up in early versions of Windows as a simple utility to close and switch between programs.
In Windows 3, the Task Manager was just a simple utility to close and switch between programs and over the years several features and functionality has been added to it to make it what it is today in Windows 10. Using the Task Manager in Windows 7, you can now close applications, find out detailed data about your processes, start or stop services, to monitor your network adaptor, or even to perform basic system administrator tasks for currently logged-on users.
See how the Task Manager has evolved from Windows 3 to Windows 10.
Windows 8/10 goes a step further and adds much more. The Task Manager in Windows 8/10 will add many new features and even make changes to its UI.
The new Task Manager in Windows 10/8 looks much cleaner and focused now and does not overwhelm the user with too many details.
But should he require more details, he can always click on the More details button.
Now if a particular process consumes above-normal resources, the column header will change its color to red/orange to draw your attention to it. This is the Heat Map.
Learn how to use Windows 10 Task Manager as an IT Pro.