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task management

(1) The part of the operating system that controls the running of one or more programs (tasks) within the computer at the same time. See task manager.

(2) Managing personal and office tasks using a to-do list (task list). This function has been built into or added onto email programs, Web browsers and other applications and has had a renaissance with the smartphone.



task manager

A utility program that reports the status of running programs. Task managers are used to review which applications and background processes are running, as well as to stop an app that is not responding. See Ctrl-Alt-Del, Command-Option-Escape, Win Task Manager and task management.






Windows and Mac Task Managers
Every operating system can report its running applications and background processes as in these Windows 8.1 (top) and Mac OS X Yosemite examples.






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