Connected standby user experiences

Connected standby is more than just a low-power sleep state—it is part of many fundamental Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 user experiences. When the screen is off, the connected standby state is presented to the user as the system "sleep" state.

Watch this video to get a brief overview of the user experience with a Windows PC that supports the connected standby power model.

The following topics describe the connected standby user experience.

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Turning off

The fundamental user experience of connected standby is simply putting the PC to sleep.

Turning on (wake)

The largest benefit to the connected standby user experience is the instant resume when the system is turned on. Because Wi-Fi is always on during connected standby, turning on the system allows the user to immediately get to work—with fast turn-on, Wi-Fi already connected, and email already synced.

Simple app and tile updates

Connected standby enables the system to stay fresh and up-to-date by maintaining constant connectivity and by carefully controlling the execution of app background tasks.

Lock screen apps and push notifications

The most common app interaction with connected standby is through lock screen apps. These apps show simple status information on the lock screen through badges, and alert the user through notifications called toast. Lock screen apps are allowed extra time to run in the background.

Audio notifications

If a lock screen app generates a notification and resulting toast during connected standby, a short audio alert is played. The display stays turned off while the alert plays.

Quiet Hours

Notifications during connected standby and their auditory alerts can be disturbing to some users, particularly in the evening and late night hours. Windows 8.1 introduces the Quiet Hours feature to suppress notifications and help save battery power. Quiet Hours allows the user to define a period of time each day during which notifications and background tasks are suppressed.




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