- 02-08-2013, 07:54 AM #1
This issue has been around since multi-tasking was introduced in Mango and I refuse to believe Microsoft isn't aware of it.
At ANY given time, ANY app should be allowed only ONE instance running in the multi-tasking menu! Microsoft limits it to 1 for 3rd party apps but lets their apps run wild! There are so many times when I have 8 instances of the SAME text conversation in the multi-tasking menu. Now you'll blame me for incorrectly closing it. Well my answer is screw that! You know for 'properly' closing it I'd have to press back two times? One back takes me to the threads, and the next back takes me to the start menu. The 'wrong' way is to just press start to take you to the start menu. But when I get a new text, and I press the toast notification, it will open ANOTHER instance of the SAME conversation. That should not happen. It should either go back to the old instance, or close that and open this new one.
Vote to have this fixed!
Last edited by ammarmalik2011; 02-11-2013 at 02:29 AM.
- 02-08-2013, 08:32 AM #3
WP multi-tasks in a very similar way to iOS and in iOS you dont get this multi-instance issue. So I hope MS resolves this soon.
Last edited by ammarmalik2011; 02-08-2013 at 08:45 AM.
- 02-08-2013, 08:42 AM #4
- 02-08-2013, 11:03 AM #8
"issue".. where's your problem with it? it's called "recent apps/tasks" for a reason, you can go back to the thing you did last. So, you can always go back to where you were before with one tap. It has a strict logic, and if you see it as an issue, well, it's intended behaviour ;)
02-08-2013, 11:54 AM #10
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Never noticed this before, but now that you described it I see what you're talking about. The messaging app is unique in its ability to have several conversations going at once as independent processes, maybe they found it was difficult for some reason to positively identify a conversation session. Or it got overlooked. I am curious how the logic is setup for storing and retrieving active conversations, seems like it would be wasteful to actually have multiple instances of the app in memory, rather than storing a few variables regarding the conversation state.
02-08-2013, 12:20 PM #12
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Windows or instances, as a user, I don't care. They both use up one slot. I agree with the original poster, task switching in WP8 (and maybe earlier) is byzantine. I expect computers to remember state for me or even better, not expose state to me. Having multiple ways to leave an app makes it more complicated to use (how is it leaving the app when a call comes in?). I don't care but want to get back to what I was doing.
And what is with the "resuming....." or "loading...." messages when I resume a task. TMI.
- 02-08-2013, 12:32 PM #13
Yeah, I gotta side with the others here... windows or instances is a matter of semantics. And truth be told, calling them windows falls on its face when I can see 4 windows for a given single conversation in my "back-button-history" because I've hit the home button and used the toast notification each time. If it truly were a window, there would be only 1 for the whole conversation, just like MSN or AOL messenger on the desktop. So whether you want to call it a window or an instance or a history item, or Fred... it doesn't matter. It shouldn't work the way it works. In fact, I'd call that a bug.
- 02-08-2013, 08:36 PM #14
This isn't new, it's been noted in other threads. Currently affected: IE, messaging, music. It has to be fixed. There's no logical reason to argue that you should be seeing the same conversation five times in the task switcher, and it prohibits the user from making full use of the heavily limited number of tasks that are kept in memory.
- 02-10-2013, 10:43 AM #17
- 02-10-2013, 10:45 AM #18
When you get an SMS from someone, use to the toast notification to open it. Reply, then hit the home button. When they reply, hit the toast notification, reply, and hit home. Do that a few times, then long-press the back button. You'll see multiple windows/instances/whatever of that conversation, each from just before you pressed the home button.
- 02-10-2013, 10:54 AM #19
Shouldn't this be on UserVoice? I'm sure this isn't a very widely discussed bug.Patient Windows Phone User since October 2010 till cores and apps do us apart.
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02-10-2013, 11:20 PM #22
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Totally agree with OP. This behavior has pissed be off since Mango first came out... it's so wasteful considering the limit on multitasking cards. Normally it doesn't matter, but I hate having a game automatically closed because I have multiple cards being taken by the same conversation. I can't understand how this wasn't rectified for WP8.
- 02-11-2013, 02:28 AM #23
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