Microsoft is working on its own utility to help maintain your PC, recommending certain settings and deleting unused files and apps to help save space for a future Windows 11 update.
According to latest windows (opens in new tab)It’s available on the Microsoft Store as a public beta, but the company appears to have hidden its availability for now.
Regardless, we managed to get a version of PC Manager and try it out for ourselves. While a third of its features refused to work, we could prevent apps from running, while the ‘Boost’ feature was able to remove various temporary files, showing how much space it freed up. This cleaning job is usually done by third-party products like CCleaner.
Microsoft Defender Might Get a Big Update
Microsoft’s app already works fine regardless of crashing (it’s clearly unfinished), but it’s fast and could eventually be a great feature for Windows 11.
It’s telling that Microsoft has decided to expand its Defender package, which was supposed to rival McAfee and Norton in the days of Windows XP. Going to the ‘About’ page shows Microsoft Defender, so it could arrive as a new version of the company’s antivirus suite in 2023.
So far, PC Manager is a promising start from Microsoft, which may signal that the company wants to help users better manage their PC and delete files that can be safely removed without them having to delve into system folders.