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Microsoft is testing its own CCleaner alternative

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In brief: Many users like to keep their systems clean of unnecessary files with apps like CCleaner or Wise Disk Cleaner. Microsoft seems to be quietly working on a first-party alternative that could be hitting the Microsoft Store soon, but it could also just be another way to push the company’s Edge browser.

Recent reports have revealed a PC Manager app that Microsoft is quietly testing. It seems to repackage many features already found elsewhere in Windows, while adding new tools to help users free up system space.

Earlier this year, the beta app PC Manager appeared in the Chinese version of the Microsoft Store. Italian PC site Aggiornamenti Lumia believes it has been submitted to other regional MS stores, but is not yet viewable, indicating that a public release is imminent.

English screenshots of PC Manager show a taskbar app with functionality similar to CCleaner. It allows users to clean temporary image files, system logs, and other unwanted storage wasters. The app can also search for large files that are taking up storage space and free up extra RAM.

It may be nice for new Windows users to have these features without having to install additional software, but PC Manager doesn’t look as comprehensive as CCleaner or similar programs. It is not clear whether the app flags specific programs from which to clean files (such as web browsers) or contains safe removal features.

The PC Manager app includes other tools such as a health check, storage management, threat scanning, and startup app management. Users can already find these in the Windows settings menus and the Defender app, but it could be a smart move by Microsoft to gather features related to system performance in one place.

The app launch feature shows users the performance impact of any program starting with Windows, potentially revealing bloatware or rarely used apps. It also includes Task Manager’s ability to terminate unnecessary processes. Unfortunately, PC Manager tries to convince users to switch their default Internet browser to Microsoft Edge.

Users interested in trying the beta version of PC Manager can download it from our mirror. It is unclear when the stable version will be available in the Microsoft Store.


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