Windows 8 Task Manager

In an earlier post I talked about improvements to system monitoring tools in Windows 8 projecting that we should start seeing for the first time GPU monitoring. To my knowledge this has not been included. However, system performance is much more useful presenting lots of great information. This is part of a completely overhauled Task Manager experience.

Accessing Task Manager remains the same. (CTRL+ALT+DEL). Here we take a deeper look at the Performance tab of Task Manager.

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Note the live graphs on the left. These are Metro Style “live tiles” that provide information about the system. When you tap them with a touch interface or click them with a mouse they show an expanded view on the right as seen below.

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The information presented does allow you to make quick decisions about what is going on in your system. However Resource Monitor does remains the in depth tool which improve your ability to surface information about your system.

Kudos to the Task Manager enhancement team on doing an excellent job with the Performance Tab. I am still waiting for GPU monitoring… tap, tap, tap.

Jeff Loucks
Chief Strategy Officer | Winrox | 425-577-7377

Windows 8–Internet Explorer 10 has spell check

With Windows 8 and IE 10, spellcheck is in the house!

Yes, I did my happy dance. For years I oscillated with changing to competitive browsers for this one feature. My Chrome buddies will be saying “so what, it has been that way for years with the Google browser”. However with so many thing IE is just better especially compatibility with Microsoft technologies. So it was a grin and bear it.

Today, I discovered while typing in a web form that the wait is over. As I tip my hat to Google for bringing the pressure to release this feature, I say thank you to the IE 10 team for making me happy on this fine spring day. Spellcheck in the browser, I should be ashamed to say, is a feature so valuable it is worth the switch to Windows 8 on its own.

Jeff Loucks
Chief Strategy Officer | Winrox | 425-577-7377

Windows 8 Community Preview First Look

Download the Windows 8 Consumer PreviewThrowing caution to the wind, Windows 8 Community Technical Preview went on my main workstation in an in place upgrade process. The first experience is pretty good and there were no errors during the upgrade.

Out of the box, I have some funky functionality related to mouse drivers and the touch screen I use, Acer T230H. I have had troubles with this in part because of my ergonomic layout which forces me to use my touch as the second monitor resulting in the input affecting a different screen. In the end, I was able to get over these problems by switching the monitors and making my touch screen the primary.

I needed to know the shortcut for opening the System panel which allows access to device manager (Windows Key and Pause Break). From there I had to use Tab Navigation to remove the mouse from from installed devices and have it reload. After that the mouse worked fine. Likely I could have just unplugged the mouse and had it redetect that way. In any event the mouse pointer did come back. The touch input required a similar approach and is now working well. The whole process took about 2 hours which with the massive amount of applications on this desktop I feel the process and length of time is pretty good.

Having looked around the user interface, it is not evident how to get to your applications. A generation of using the Windows Start Button is now gone. The Windows Key exposes the new metro display and if you simply start typing it sorts the applications and files automagically.

For people upgrading from Windows 7 there will be a learning curve. From past experience, I know these learning curves soon fade.

Back with more soon,

Jeff Loucks
Chief Strategy Officer | Winrox | 425-577-7377