Microsoft appears to have hidden the new design in the guts of recent Windows 11 releases, but engineering student Gustave Monce, who previously ran Windows 11 on a phone, revealed the work in progress and shared it on Discord this week.
It is possible to enable the new Task Manager within the latest preview builds of Windows 11, but Microsoft has not officially announced the redesign.
“This is a hidden feature in the new system,” Muncie says. “It’s obviously early days for this new design, but it already includes a dark mode and interface that closely matches the big design changes in Windows 11 — rounded corners, pastel shades, and an emphasis on minimalism.
The tabs in the current task manager have been replaced with a sidebar that allows you to switch between different sections of the application. Task Manager is an old part of Windows that debuted with Windows NT 4.0, and it hasn’t undergone significant changes for nearly 10 years after it was last fixed in Windows 8.
Microsoft is gradually redesigning most of the old parts of Windows, a new Media Player app is currently being tested, and Windows 11 is also getting a redesigned Notepad app with dark mode support.