Microsoft has introduced the PC Manager application, designed to enhance the performance of both Windows 10 and 11 operating systems. Initially introduced in 2022, the Microsoft PC Manager has now been released out of preview and is available for download from the Microsoft Store on both x64 and ARM versions of Windows.
App Capabilities and Design Philosophy
The software provides users with one-click solutions to optimize system performance and RAM utilization, clear drive space from unnecessary files, troubleshoot various operating system components, and integrate anti-virus measures using the Microsoft Defender platform. Furthermore, the app features a pop-up blocker for Windows apps, with hopes of reducing the interruptions from persistent notifications such as those from OneDrive urging for backup activation.
Microsoft articulates that PC Manager adheres to four product concepts: simplicity, fluency, closeness to native design, efficiency, and a distraction-free, secure experience. The application presents a user-friendly interface that blends seamlessly with the aesthetic of Windows 11 and offers a multitude of features without overcomplicating the user experience.
Additional Functionalities Offering Convenience
Beyond standard maintenance, PC Manager boasts additional tools such as a floating toolbar, which displays real-time RAM usage. This floating bar can be kept on the screen or hidden in a collapsible sidebar for user convenience. However, it does not offer tracking for CPU or GPU usage. Added functionalities include a shortcut to the Snipping Tool, the option to pin websites for speedy access, and an integrated Task Manager alternative that enables users to view running processes, examine the RAM consumption of each one, and terminate the ones that are consuming excessive resources.
While the application is now more broadly available, as of its current state, it only offers English and Chinese language options, suggesting that the localization process is still in progress. For users interested in exploring the capabilities of Microsoft PC Manager, it can be downloaded directly from the Microsoft Store.