In theory, VisualCron sounds very basic: it's just a tool that runs other commands, programs or scripts at the time or on the event that you choose. In practice, though, it's an industrial-strength task scheduler that can automate just about any task you like.

The program can initiate jobs at the date and time you specify, for instance, but that's just the start. It can also trigger when your PC starts or shuts down, a file changes or is deleted, a Windows service starts of changes status, when there's a particular change in the Registry, a new email arrives, a specific Windows event occurs, and more.

And when the trigger occurs, you could just run a program, but again, there's plenty more on offer here. Your job can send an email or instant message, stop or start Windows services, perform various file transfer tasks, download and save content, kill processes, copy or backup files, shut down or restart a local or remote computer, execute Office macros, perform Active Directory operations, and run SQL text or stored procedures. Amongst others.

Don't think you're restricted to just some linear batch file of tasks, though - there's much more control on offer here. You can test for multiple conditions, like the existence of a file or folder, or the status of some other task; you're able to store information in variables, and calculate, increment or decrement them as you like; and your job can then perform different actions based on these values.

Version 8.3.1 brings (changelog):

- [NOTE] All: New protocol version (8.3.1) for communication. Requires Server and Client version to be the same.
- [FEATURE] Server: Added better Job recovery options for incompatible Job definitions
- [FEATURE] Client/Server/TrayClient: Added detailed control over client event popups
- [FEATURE] Client/Server: Added grouping and search in Connections
- [BUGFIX] Client: Client events->Fixed sorting
- [BUGFIX] Server: Web macro Task->Fixed object reference error related to Extract data action
- [BUGFIX] Server: SQL Task->Fixed a problem using Variables in the Task
- [BUGFIX] Server: MFT->Added some missing files to installation
- [BUGFIX] Server: Flow->Now not adding On success if matching On complete is existing
- [BUGFIX] Server: HTTP Task->Fixed impersonation issue when doing binary upload
- [BUGFIX] Server: Permissions->Fixed AD authentication issue when AD user is not inhering from group
- [BUGFIX] Server: MFT->Various fixes

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If you've outgrown Windows own Task Scheduler then give VisualCron a try - there's little it can't do