1. Dinky89484's Avatar
    Why would the Microsoft Windows Phone team choose to eliminate the ability to exit or close down an app by hitting the back arrow button with the 8.1 update? This isn't so much to complain as it is getting insight on the decision. I'm sure there was some logical reasoning behind it.
    04-16-2014 10:21 PM
  2. despertador's Avatar
    I don't notice any different behavior with the back button on Windows phone 8.1... Could you give us an example?
    04-16-2014 10:32 PM
  3. JonnieLasVegas's Avatar
    Why would the Microsoft Windows Phone team choose to eliminate the ability to exit or close down an app by hitting the back arrow button with the 8.1 update? This isn't so much to complain as it is getting insight on the decision. I'm sure there was some logical reasoning behind it.
    They didn't. Mine works exactly the same as before the update. Actually works better for closing IE.
    04-16-2014 10:47 PM
  4. CharlieBoy1894's Avatar
    There is a change actually. For example if you close facebook app, it will stay in multitasking unless you swipe it down. More like apple's style of suspending an app in the background.
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    04-16-2014 10:54 PM
  5. jeffro02's Avatar
    When I hit the back arrow and leave an app, it no longer shows up in the multitasking view. To me, that indicates that the app is not suspended. Is that not how yours is working too?
    04-16-2014 11:07 PM
  6. unshavengarvit's Avatar
    When I hit the back arrow and leave an app, it no longer shows up in the multitasking view. To me, that indicates that the app is not suspended. Is that not how yours is working too?
    To get to the multitasking view in wp8 you had to press and hold the back button rather than just pressing it once.
    04-16-2014 11:12 PM
  7. hs k's Avatar
    It is kinda random for me, sometimes it suspends in multitasking sometimes closes
    04-16-2014 11:19 PM
  8. jeffro02's Avatar
    To get to the multitasking view in wp8 you had to press and hold the back button rather than just pressing it once.
    I still have to hold the back button to get to the multitasking view. If I press the back button once, it backs me up a screen, just like it did in WP8.
    04-16-2014 11:21 PM
  9. Xpider_MX's Avatar
    Because it is the new behavior, and it is better, why?

    - In the past, closing an app (back button or close button on multitasking view) means it will be reloaded when you open it again (from the app list or home screen), in short, it is "tombstoned".
    - Now, the app is "domant" even is you press the back button, not tombstoned, and it will remain in the ram (not using CPU cycles), and it will resume faster (not "resuming" screen).

    That's why the new behavior is better.
    04-16-2014 11:24 PM
  10. Dinky89484's Avatar
    Because it is the new behavior, and it is better, why?

    - In the past, closing an app (back button or close button on multitasking view) means it will be reloaded when you open it again (from the app list or home screen), in short, it is "tombstoned".
    - Now, the app is "domant" even is you press the back button, not tombstoned, and it will remain in the ram (not using CPU cycles), and it will resume faster (not "resuming" screen).

    That's why the new behavior is better.
    I guess "better" is relative, but you're right, for those who don't want to close the app out, this "feature" in 8.1 is handy. I for one liked closing apps out as soon as I was done using them and if I wanted to suspend the app so that it wouldn't have to reload again once I went back to it, I simply wouldn't hit the back button, I would hit the Windows button. That's just me though.
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    04-17-2014 12:31 AM
  11. Xpider_MX's Avatar
    I guess "better" is relative, but you're right, for those who don't want to close the app out, this "feature" in 8.1 is handy. I for one liked closing apps out as soon as I was done using them and if I wanted to suspend the app so that it wouldn't have to reload again once I went back to it, I simply wouldn't hit the back button, I would hit the Windows button. That's just me though.
    Why do you like to "close" the app?

    and you can close it using the multitask view.
    04-17-2014 12:38 AM
  12. Dinky89484's Avatar
    Why do you like to "close" the app?

    and you can close it using the multitask view.
    Yeah, I know I can always close the the app using multitask view, was just more convenient hitting the back button, even though it really just shaves off milliseconds I suppose. I guess it really comes down to me being a creature of habit and i was used to closing it out using just the back button. Why do I like closing the app? I don't really like having things run in the background unless I have to. And I know I know...the app is suspended so it isn't running in the background per se....but dunno, just close the thing if you're not using it...
    04-17-2014 12:42 AM
  13. Squachy's Avatar
    Yeah, I know I can always close the the app using multitask view, was just more convenient hitting the back button, even though it really just shaves off milliseconds I suppose. I guess it really comes down to me being a creature of habit and i was used to closing it out using just the back button. Why do I like closing the app? I don't really like having things run in the background unless I have to. And I know I know...the app is suspended so it isn't running in the background per se....but dunno, just close the thing if you're not using it...
    You have to be at the point where the back button terminates the program, otherwise you're just going back several 'pages' and all you're doing is spamming the back button until it cant go 'back' anymore to terminate it. I for one find it annoying as hell to do that.
    04-17-2014 12:50 AM
  14. Xpider_MX's Avatar
    Yeah, I know I can always close the the app using multitask view, was just more convenient hitting the back button, even though it really just shaves off milliseconds I suppose. I guess it really comes down to me being a creature of habit and i was used to closing it out using just the back button. Why do I like closing the app? I don't really like having things run in the background unless I have to. And I know I know...the app is suspended so it isn't running in the background per se....but dunno, just close the thing if you're not using it...
    It is only your perception, the app is not running in the background. And apps like Whatsapp (or facebook) have background tasks running even if you close the app.

    Closing the app with back button only save the data from the app in the storage, but both implementations are the same, the app is not running in background.
    04-17-2014 12:51 AM
  15. Chris_Germany's Avatar
    He used android, thats why. So many ppl want to close apps, even if you tell them it doesn't matter....

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    04-17-2014 12:53 AM
  16. Dinky89484's Avatar
    He used android, thats why. So many ppl want to close apps, even if you tell them it doesn't matter....

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    Never used Android a day in my life actually. From Blackberry to Windows Phone and never looked back.
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    04-17-2014 01:08 AM
  17. Xpider_MX's Avatar
    Never used Android a day in my life actually. From Blackberry to Windows Phone and never looked back.
    But there are not differences between "closing" and app (old back button function) and simply "sleeping" the app, well, there is a difference, closing the app translate in slower re-opening.
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    04-17-2014 01:17 AM
  18. Dinky89484's Avatar
    But there are not differences between "closing" and app (old back button function) and simply "sleeping" the app, well, there is a difference, closing the app translate in slower re-opening.
    I get it. Understood. Again, its more of a creature by habit type of deal and preference, not necessarily the "better" way of doing things.
    04-17-2014 02:17 AM
  19. Chris_Germany's Avatar
    So if you do understand its useless, why do you still want to exit them? You have to change your habits sometimes...

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    04-17-2014 11:18 AM
  20. mattmati's Avatar
    How this New Multitasking affect on battery? I know we have plenty of problems with batt on forum, but beside that anyway
    04-17-2014 05:06 PM
  21. JessHerr's Avatar
    Before, if I wanted an app to stay in the app switcher I simply pressed the windows button and if I wanted to close it I pressed the back arrow button. But now I don't fully close the app until I go to the app switcher and close it (I waste time doing that). So the back arrow and the windows buttons have basically the same function now. For me it's annoying when I want to "quickly" change to another app in the app changer and realize there are still some apps I thought I closed. And that was one of the reasons I hated Android and loved WP
    03-19-2016 09:45 AM

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