Windows 8 now includes touch gesture to close Metro apps

You might think that closing Metro apps in Windows 8 would be handled by touch gestures. However in the public developer's preview version of Microsoft's upcoming operating system, closing Metro apps is handled by the Task Manager. Now a new video posted by the WinUnleaked.tk web site shows that a new Windows 8 build has put in touch gesture support for closing Metro style applications.

As you can see in the above video, dragging the app via touch down to the bottom screen shuts down the application in the Metro UI version.  The video itself is of very low quality; it was clearly taken with an outside camera filming a screen.

It's likely that this new touch screen feature will be put in the upcoming public beta version of Windows 8, which is expected to be released sometime in the first quarter of 2012. We can certainly expect to learn about more and more features that will be added to Windows 8 in the coming weeks. Microsoft is expected to demo a new build of Windows 8 during its keynote address during the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas in early January 2012.

Neowin will be at CES 2012 for all of the Windows 8 news that will be revealed during the show.

Video via WinUnleaked.

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Wow, so Microsoft is adding in the features they said were coming...

Is anyone here really this simple minded to have the need to be reminded that the Developer Preview was for developers to code WinRT Apps, the UI was not even close to fully functional.

There are several Microsoft quotes about this, from the changing of the way the mouse works to the adding in of the UI elements that are not in the preview.

Isn't this gesture similar to the one for accessing options of an app, such as in IE10?

The only visible difference is swiping, right to the bottom.

If you are swiping in a new app when it appears in view push the app back and the next in line appears. You drag push back then the next appears try it in developer preview it worked even with a mouse.

Where's the Windows 8 stuff for notebook and desktop users? Little to nothing has been said about what will be included for those users.

TsarNikky said,
Where's the Windows 8 stuff for notebook and desktop users? Little to nothing has been said about what will be included for those users.

Plenty has been said, just little of it has been regurgitated here.

knighthawk said,

Plenty has been said, just little of it has been regurgitated here.

+1

Somehow the stories on Neowin reflect more of the 'different' concepts of Metro for tablet users, rather than how Windows 8 is different from Windows 7 in general, as well as how Metro is designed ALSO for desktop/laptop users.

(Media Center is a prime example of how a UI can target multiple input models successfully, as a keyboard, mouse, touch screen, pen, and even a remote control with 5 buttons can fully control it easily.)

It is rather annoying that users don't 'get' or haven't been exposed to the functionality that Metro offers a traditional keyboard and/or mouse user.

Zain Adeel said,
They listened! yay.. I'm sure there will be many more changes till RTM

Less like they listened and more like they finally had time to get it in. The OS is still over half a year from being finished by most guesses, and they do have a very feature-complete roadmap they're following for now. None of the builds are feature complete though of course - too early for that, so we'll be seeing quite a few more changes.

You should see how much Windows Phone shaped up from it's original showing to RTM in under 6 months. It went from something that actually looked pretty bad to something awesome. (Seriously, watching the original demo's now, I'm amazed people actually liked it back then )

Edited by ~Johnny, Dec 4 2011, 3:20pm :

DKAngel said,
wish u could use your webcam for gestures

More than likely will be able to since the Kinect has been opened up for Windows

Estienne Taylor said,
Looks cool but I hope they improve multitasking on Windows 8 cause there's no way to switch from previous app to next and vise versa.

Alt+tab works fine if you're on a system with a KB at least. Also if you're using a mouse when you move to the left of the screen and get the preview you can use the scroll wheel to cycle between apps and then click the one you want. I agree though, something more would be nice as well, we'll just have to wait and see what they come up with.

Estienne Taylor said,
Looks cool but I hope they improve multitasking on Windows 8 cause there's no way to switch from previous app to next and vise versa.
Drag in from the left? Works with mouse and touch... not sure what the issue is.

Skyhawker said,
Drag in from the left? Works with mouse and touch... not sure what the issue is.

Current implementation keeps you guessing, it's like pulling a lottery ticket.

Estienne Taylor said,
Looks cool but I hope they improve multitasking on Windows 8 cause there's no way to switch from previous app to next and vise versa.

Indeed. Hope they implement something as they did with WP7

Estienne Taylor said,
Looks cool but I hope they improve multitasking on Windows 8 cause there's no way to switch from previous app to next and vise versa.

I remeber Chaityana saying they would do this (on the b8 blog). So it's definetly coming

Estienne Taylor said,
Looks cool but I hope they improve multitasking on Windows 8 cause there's no way to switch from previous app to next and vise versa.

How about switching the close to use a two finger swipe from the top and use a one finger swipe from the top to go to a multitask card view like on Windows phone. If you move the close option to a two finger gesture you are less likely to accidentally close the window.

you could even swipe down in the "Card Multitasking" view to close multiple windows or browser tabs without exiting the view. The same method could be used throughout the system to close multiple documents in any application. Multiple docs opened in a single app could be portrayed as a stack like in WebOS. yeah i get that it is a ripoff from WebOS, but it is virtually a dead OS and MS could license the IP for windows 8.

dhan said,

Current implementation keeps you guessing, it's like pulling a lottery ticket.

Use the scroll wheel on your mouse, it's cycles through all the apps before you drag it out.

Estienne Taylor said,
Looks cool but I hope they improve multitasking on Windows 8 cause there's no way to switch from previous app to next and vise versa.

Uh? Just swipe from the left to flip between Apps, and swipe and hold to flip backwards, etc...