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1. taskTask is a term used to describe a software program or section of a program that is running in a multitasking environment. Tasks are used to help the user and computer identify between each of the programs running on the computer.

  • Microsoft Windows users can view currently running tasks using Task Manager
  • Use the tasklist command to list the currently running tasks in Windows from the command line and taskkill to kill any running task.
  • Linux and Unix users can view top running tasks using the top command.

2. In general, task is also used to describe a step or assignment in a list of other steps or assignments.

Also see: Operating system terms, Process, Task Manager, Task list, Task Scheduler, Task switching, Taskbar, Tsk