Microsoft is beta testing, in a bit of a secretive way, an app called PC Manager that fills the niche currently populated by CCleaner and Huawei’s PC Manager. It scans your PC for unwanted files, can free up RAM, and ties into Windows Defender to block malicious apps. Unfortunately, it also nags you to change your browser to Microsoft Edge.
We first learned about the app in a tweet from Aggiornamenti Lumia, which led to a story on XDA Developers. The pcmanager.microsoft.com site was found to be active but in Chinese. Eventually, with the app not appearing on the Microsoft Store, a download link for an .exe file was discovered, and people could start trying it out for themselves.
The app is a simple one that loads at startup, then sits in the system tray. When invoked, it scans your storage to discover any cruft it deems worthy of being swept away. There's a RAM boost feature that increased the amount of free RAM on our test machine by about 10% A process inspector performs its best Task Manager impression by allowing you to end unused programs, and it can tell you about the effect other startup apps are having on the performance of your machine - something already in the OS via the Startup Apps page of Settings.
It also duplicates some Windows Defender functionality, with a Scan button for threats, and checks Windows Update. It also has a few less welcome abilities: nagging us to change our default browser from Chrome to Edge (we're old-fashioned, ok) and recommending we turn off Malwarebytes.
While the app is still clearly in beta - it's displayed at the top at all times - it's a welcome addition to Windows, bringing together some disparate but related tools in one place.
So once again Microsoft is STILL trying to push users to switch to its own Edge browser, forcing them to change their default browser ? Pretty annoying move, if you ask me.
And I never understood why MS is always in the habit of forcing customers though. They have even forced users to upgrade their Windows OS as well few years back when Windows 10 came out, unless I'm mistaken.
And here, they are not "forcing", but annoyingly recommending.
this is just garbage software like that cleaner software people use
I’ve got work to do and I don’t like playing games on the PC with management software
They are a business and they do need to streamline all they can.
Exactly, they should release one OS once every 20 years because that's how long it would take to make sure everything runs well with a team of hundreds of people.
Have you ever thought about there may be people less comfortable with an OS than you are?! Did it ever cross your mind?
How are Norton going to make any money if Microsoft fill in all the gaps.
Now to get rid of driver updaters that install the wrong drivers.
The Edge reminder is a small price to pay. It tying into defender won't help me as I don't use Defender.
Which is how we ended up with the "N" versions in the EU.
Why should you have to maintain the life support of vultures?
Norton can just turn on the crypto add on as a default option. They soon make money again.