Microsoft Explains The Science Behind Swipe Down To Close Apps In Windows 8.1

Microsoft Explains The Science Behind Swipe Down To Close Apps In Windows 8.1

Among the several features, options and enhancements that Microsoft brought along in Windows 8.1, a major one is a new way of closing apps by swiping down from the top of the screen and then waiting for a couple of seconds.

For better or for worse, the process in Windows 8 was just a tad bit faster, a tad bit easier — users only had to drag down the app to close it. Long story short, some even criticized this move in the new operating system terming it an unnecessary addition.

Now Redmond has talked about this, and says that this change was introduced in order to give users more power. It is easier now to restart the app to a fresh state, the company claims.

Matt Small of Microsoft explained this, saying:

“Sometimes your app is buggy, and you simply want to restart it to a fresh state. If you perform the Close gesture on an app, and then immediately relaunch the app (from Start, Search… etc.), the app will terminate and restart as a fresh instance.

This allows users to easily restart an app that is misbehaving. For example, if an app hangs on a particular page, you can do the Close gesture and immediately launch it again to get a fresh instance of the app.”

He then also goes onto describe how easy it is to terminate an app using this same close gesture, but just holding the app at the bottom of the screen for a little moment.

There is obviously some glorious science behind this all, for sure!

However, while this app closing mechanism works fine on PCs (like pretty much most other Windows 8.1 features), it is most useful on touch enabled devices, and Microsoft substantiates it by saying that this feature actually makes working on a tablet much faster.

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  • WillyThePooh

    What is the difference of “close” and “terminate” gesture mentioned above?