Earlier we covered a story about new Windows 8 Task Manager that address need of common users and as well as power users. Recently Microsoft officials blogged in-depth details about new Task Manger that “How they increase readability while working with multiple CPUs.”

Heat Map

Heap Map conveys large amount of numerical data effectively. It catches you attention instantly and allows you to find the hot spot. Unlike Process tab, Performance tab also leverages advantages of Heap Map and displays glitches across multiple resources like network, disk, memory, and CPU utilization.

Microsoft demonstrated limitations of Windows 7 Task Manager in a multi-processors system. Such as:

  • The graphs are hard to compare instantaneous CPU utilization, because each cell is showing a moving 60-second graph.
  • All the graphs in the CPU Usage History table look identical and it makes tough to find the processor ID for a specific graph and to do real-time comparisons.

In the new CPU graph, Heat Map takes place to overcome these limitations. Now you can get the logical processor ID that maps to each entry via a tooltip, by hovering over the entry with the mouse. Additionally the heat map scales the graphs to best fit, so you can always see the information at a meaningful size.

On the whole, Heat Map is a key improvement over readability issues in earlier Task Manager.

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