Why is everyone so hung up on closing apps?

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First of all, unless it's a music app or something that can run in the background, it's in suspended mode. Meaning it is using very minimal resources and has very minimal to no effect on the battery, because it is not updating. Secondly, the card view will only show the six most recently used apps. So it's eventually going to close. If a certain app stays in the top 6 then it's likey to be one of your most used app. It's beneficial to not close them, because of faster restart or switching (assuming the app has been Mango-ised).

EDIT: Most people don't realize this, but MS has been trying to advocate eliminating the "x" button since Windows Mobile days. If anyone can recall, WM preinstalled apps like mobile IE never had a way to exit out. The claim is that it takes more resources, such as battery and memory, to open an app than to have them open from a suspended state. So in theory, now that I think about it, battery can actually suffer due to constant closing and reopenning of apps.

EDIT: I do agree that multiple instances of the same app could be a waste. Rhody has made his voice heard at MS suggestion box. Please support it by voting: Fix Multi-Tasking
 
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Maybe the should have a way to close the app when in card view. Like how you can unpin tiles. Well let's wait till apollo.
 

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I think it's partially MS's fault for referring to the fast switching as "multitasking." It's caused all kinds of confusion. They did add multitasking, but it has nothing to do with fast switching.
 

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I think it's partially MS's fault for referring to the fast switching as "multitasking." It's caused all kinds of confusion. They did add multitasking, but it has nothing to do with fast switching.

I think you could be right. I also think some could have a mild form of OCD, wanting to close everything :p
 

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I think it just urks people when there's stuff "running" that they don't need open, even if it's technically just suspended. I often find myself hitting back to close stuff even while telling myself how stupid it is to keep hitting back because I know I'm going to open it again in like 2 minutes, lol.
 

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I think it just urks people when there's stuff "running" that they don't need open, even if it's technically just suspended. I often find myself hitting back to close stuff even while telling myself how stupid it is to keep hitting back because I know I'm going to open it again in like 2 minutes, lol.

I gotta admit, I was doing the same thing at first. I had to train myself to stop doing that, and use it the way MS intended it.

Most people don't realize this, but MS has been trying to advocate eliminating the "x" button since Windows Mobile days. If anyone can recall, WM preinstalled apps like mobile IE never had a way to exit out. The claim is that it takes more resources, such as battery and memory, to open an app than to have them open from a suspended state. So in theory, now that I think about it, battery can actually suffer due to constant closing and reopenning of apps.
 

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I've been in the habit of keep hitting the back button until all the apps close. I wonder if I'm hurting battery life not leaving things open. It probably uses more resources to reopen the app then to keep it suspended.
 

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I've been in the habit of keep hitting the back button until all the apps close. I wonder if I'm hurting battery life not leaving things open. It probably uses more resources to reopen the app then to keep it suspended.

It makes sense, in theory. I wouldn't know how to accurately test that.
 

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I gotta admit, I was doing the same thing at first. I had to train myself to stop doing that, and use it the way MS intended it.

Most people don't realize this, but MS has been trying to advocate eliminating the "x" button since Windows Mobile days. If anyone can recall, WM preinstalled apps like mobile IE never had a way to exit out. The claim is that it takes more resources, such as battery and memory, to open an app than to have them open from a suspended state. So in theory, now that I think about it, battery can actually suffer due to constant closing and reopenning of apps.

I completely agree with you, but MS has to fix multi-tasking soon. Many times when using maps, scout, voice search, and messaging, I go to task view and see multiple instances of the same app open. MS is re-opening apps that are already open rather re-using existing instances. So rather than having five different apps open that I might go back to, I have three instances of one app and two instances of another app, with three others being closed to make room. That's terribly inefficient.
 

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I completely agree with you, but MS has to fix multi-tasking soon. Many times when using maps, scout, voice search, and messaging, I go to task view and see multiple instances of the same app open. MS is re-opening apps that are already open rather re-using existing instances. So rather than having five different apps open that I might go back to, I have three instances of one app and two instances of another app, with three others being closed to make room. That's terribly inefficient.

Agreed.

Some people value simplicity and control. It personally irritates me when stuff is open in the card view that I don't want open, especially when it's duplicates and such. Maybe I only want 3 different things showing in multitask view. Just let me close what I want to - it's not that hard. I'll take the damn battery hit if there is one. We aren't children here - if I wanted to be force fed what to do, I'd buy an Apple product, but even that lets me close things in multitask view.
 

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