MojoKid writes: "The Windows Task Manager has historically been a vital (if boring) workhorse in an OS not generally described with adjectives like "sexy." Windows 8 has set out to change that, and the preliminary information available suggests the new task manager is a significant advancement over the old. Microsoft's research indicates that the most common actions performed in Task Manager relate to ending programs/processes. The new TM can categorize threads depending on whether they're foreground or background processes and then color codes column data to allow users to read pertinent information at a glance, rather than trying to manually resort the information by column. Applications are also now described by function rather than strictly by executable name."