1. Jcmg62's Avatar
    This is one of the few things that bug me with windows phone.....having a limit on the number of background tasks that are allowed to run. It seems to me that there are loads of apps that run in the background these days. Its a pain having to juggle which ones you want to keep running.


    Ideally, I want to have all of my social networks, news feeds, weather updates and shopping apps running in the background, that way the most up-to-date information is on hand when I'm on the move.

    That, however, seems to be a technological bridge too far for windows as I'm constantly being directed into settings to block apps in order to make others run.

    I haven't seen this happen on my mates iphone. It seems to me that she can run as many apps as she wants with no issues at all. I'm not sure if the same restrictions apply on android phones.


    So, to the point of this rather rambling post........does anyone know if 8.1 is going to have similar background task restrictions as windows 8?
    debt70 likes this.
    03-04-2014 02:36 PM
  2. a5cent's Avatar
    The answer is both yes and no. A lot of things for which an app developer may have created a background task for WP8.0 will no longer require such a task in WP8.1, meaning the number of apps that require such an entry in the list of background tasks will decrease, but the total number will still be limited.

    We'll have to wait and see how this plays out. It depends on how quickly devs decide to offer a WP8.1 enabled version of their app, and how quickly they make use of those new features.
    Laura Knotek and Kashan Osama like this.
    03-04-2014 02:45 PM
  3. michail71's Avatar
    I haven't encountered the issue yet on my 1520 for some reason but on my 920 background tasks were always failing to run.

    MS plays it cautious when it comes to background tasks. It keeps the platform stable and fast but these issues can be annoying.
    03-04-2014 02:47 PM
  4. michail71's Avatar
    The answer is both yes and no. A lot of things for which an app developer may have created a background task for WP8.0 will no longer require such a task in WP8.1, meaning the number of apps that require such an entry in the list of background tasks will decrease, but the total number will still be limited.

    We'll have to wait and see how this plays out. It depends on how quickly devs decide to offer a WP8.1 enabled version of their app, and how quickly they make use of those new features.
    I suspect it will be rather slow. The enthusiasts will get 8.1 right away and then there will be the painfully slow carrier rollouts, probably some as late as 2015. iOS gets so much press on releases everyone rushes out to upgrade and they don't have the carrier getting in the way.

    MS and Nokia apps should come sooner than later.

    Developers already have 7.0 and 8.0 to deal with as it is.
    03-04-2014 02:54 PM
  5. THE_Lawnboy's Avatar
    I am curious about this too. Very annoying to be greeted by that dialog every time you open an app. Something must be done about this if WP ever wants to take serious chunks of market share from Android and iOS. Your average consumer playing with a Lumia in the phone store is going to take that dialog as a very ominous sign and think the system must be fundamentally constrained in ways the others are not.
    F3rzz likes this.
    04-06-2014 05:42 PM
  6. Coolaaron88's Avatar
    Just to let everyone know, as of Windows Phone 8.1, the background task limit has been completely removed. I asked Taldron and he confirmed this for me.

    Rejoice!


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    Neo Nuke and F3rzz like this.
    04-06-2014 10:48 PM
  7. Talderon's Avatar
    I am running 8.1 on my 1520 and have not run into any limitations at all.
    04-06-2014 11:12 PM
  8. Melbufama's Avatar
    quit playing with your phone and look at dat *** walking by.
    04-06-2014 11:41 PM
  9. Vinod Vattipally's Avatar
    How did you get 8.1? Dev Preview is yet to be released........
    04-07-2014 12:08 PM
  10. dorelse's Avatar
    How did you get 8.1? Dev Preview is yet to be released........
    Look at Talderon's signature...Location: Redmond, WA = Microsoft Employee...
    Coolaaron88 likes this.
    04-07-2014 12:10 PM
  11. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    Thanks goodness. That annoys the crap out of me.

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    04-07-2014 12:14 PM
  12. StealthCrawler's Avatar
    So I just tried checking for updates on my 8X and it found one and has started downloading. I registered my phone for the developer preview a couple of days ago. Don't know if it's 8.1 but it sure is downloading some update. Anyone else notice the same thing ?
    04-07-2014 12:25 PM
  13. ncxcstud's Avatar
    Its just an update to your phone because of the dev preview - but it isn't windows phone 8.1. I signed up for it a couple days ago as well and when I did, the app told me that there was an update available...
    04-07-2014 12:31 PM
  14. dorelse's Avatar
    Its just an update to your phone because of the dev preview - but it isn't windows phone 8.1. I signed up for it a couple days ago as well and when I did, the app told me that there was an update available...
    I took a screenshot of the update version number...it was listed as 'minor bug fixes'.

    From the link below: "The most recent update you have mentioned in this post included minor bug fixes and performance improvements."

    Microsoft Update 8.0.10521.155;


    What is new on 8.0.10521.155?
    04-07-2014 01:43 PM

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