You Can Now Close Metro Apps In Windows 8

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When Microsoft previewed Windows 8 at BUILD, they showed us how to switch between Metro Apps most of the time. You have to just swipe from left side of the screen. But Microsoft didn’t provide any way to close the opened Metro apps manually other that the old school task manager approach. In the recent builds of Windows 8 as shown by, Microsoft has added a new gesture to close Metro apps. You have to swipe the app to the bottom of the screen to close it. You can see it in action the video above.


  • Milad Bazzaz

    idea is ok but still not intuitive IMO. Whats so hard about adding a fast app switcher with some crosses at the corner to close those apps…it makes no sense to me, sorry.

    Also it makes no sense that there is no app switcher. If you have 10 apps running, you have to swype for ever to get to the 10th app…and yes, in computer world thats like an eternity.

    • Andrew

      I think Microsoft and many other companies are starting to move away from the concept of users having to manage system memory for reliable and increased performance. If the operating system can do it for you, why would you need to do it?

      While I have limited knowledge of operating systems, I believe all major smartphone systems already do this. The system utilizes all available memory and then makes it available for apps and processes, while terminating any that are not needed as not to affect performance and battery life.

      As a person who seriously started using computers from Windows 95 and onward, I can see why the need to be able to manage system memory yourself would be important feature. But as operating systems become more advanced, and the consumer base becomes exceedingly diverse, designers and engineers will probably focus on allowing the system to do tasks rather than the user whenever possible. This is of course excluding servers or any other system where performance and up-time is imperative.

      I do however agree with the fast app-switcher. When I first saw the Windows 8 demo, I thought it was odd they excluded it completely. Though, one can argue you can simply open the Start menu and select the app you want to open, but this becomes a huge problem when your Start menu has over 40 tiles. Yeah, Microsoft needs to address this or they need to hire someone that realizes they need to… Press and hold the Start menu or a card layout display of open apps perhaps?

      • Charleslin

        video is not available now..

    • Andrew

      Should have read at your post more closely before replying… The problem with the crosses in the corner is simply a UI philosophy. You want to maximize the area an user needs to interact with in order to perform a certain task. Also,the crosses is pretty easy to interact with for a computer with a mouse cursor, but on a touch screen, you would have to tap the upper right or left corner and precision is not exactly applicable in this case. This is purely my opinion though. We’ll see what Microsoft decides next year hopefully.

  • Anonymous

    I like the swiping down idea, although it would seem more natural to me to have to swipe up but I guess that’s debatable, however I have to agree with Milad Bazzaz when he says that there should be a fast app switcher, it’s not a problem when you have a keyboard and can use alt+tab or win+tab but on a tablet, an app switcher would be necessary.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to see them move the close gesture to be a two finger swipe from the top avoiding unwanted closes and make the one finger swipe from the top take you to a “cards multitasking” view like on Windows Phone. Once in the cards multitask view, you could swipe down on the cards to close the window. You could even implement this throughout the OS where multiple documents open for an application would appear as a stack like on the cards view in WebOS. Swiping up on the stack would switch the cards in the stack.

  • Anonymous

    Worrying signs from ms, maybe im not a visionary but the complexity of running the exact same operating system on two completely different input paradigms could be getting to them. I hope it isnt but i just cant see this working out well for them, here is hoping that sinofsky has a clear vision and can execute it.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. been messing around with win 8 for awhile, and while there’s some nice things there.. when i stand back from it it feels messy. Having two UI paradigms meshed into each other (aero/metro) feels like it adds complexity to the UI as opposed to simplicity. The fact that they way “apps” behave seems so different then they do in Windows Phone feels like it will end up confusing people even more. I’m starting to think naysays prediction that Windows 8 will suck and will need to be fixed in Windows 9 is becoming more convincing…

      Guess we’ll wait and see.

      • Anonymous

        You mean you’ve been using a developer preview of Windows 8. Aero will not exist in Windows 8. UI will be consistent on the desktop and the start menu. Apps perform as different as WP7 apps as the iPhone does with iPhone apps. Pivots are laid down across the top of the app like WP7 and columns are incorporated as well. 

        • Anonymous

          “Aero will not exist in Windows 8”
          That’s the first I’ve heard fo that.