Where's The Alarm Clock?

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  1. nanodoc

    nanodoc New Member

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    Seems the surface RT OS does not have any alarm clock functions (unless it's very well hidden). Further, there is no alarm app in the store that runs in the background and the few that are posted must be on and running in order to even have a chance at working.

    IMHO, this is a major failing for MS (both Android and IOS have a multiplicity of alarms available). Any solutions?
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    Go to Marketplace = Charms Bar = Search = type Alarm Clock and enter.... there are choices
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    And not a single one works because they cannot run in the background due to OS limitations - useless! Same thing with some music apps - cannot run in background.
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    Can you be app-title specific please. I can play music and browse/play with apps with Multimedia 8 playing music side-by-side
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    AND in the background....
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    How can you state that to be an OS limitation when the built-in Music app runs in the background? Please do not generalize it to the RT when there are bad applications out there.
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    My MS music app also plays flawlessly in the background... streaming Xbox music....
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  8. nanodoc

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    The built-in apps take advantage of the fact that Microsoft keeps certain API's to itself (just as Apple and Google do) - they do not release certain API's to all developers because they do not like 3rd party apps messing around with the OS. As an example (and to answer bosamar's question, Metro Media Player [in the app store] stops playing when you switch to a different app.

    And I defy you to find an alarm that works when the screen is sleeping - in my opinion, that's a fail since alarms should work even when the screen is off (at least they do in IOS and in Android) so why not in Windows.
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    Create a recurring Appointment with a Reminder and it will go off even if in Connected Standby.
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    I assumed that would be the case - means Surface must be plugged in - kind of impractical but thanks for the tip - I hope that Microsoft will ultimately come up with some of the apps that are in previous OS's - maybe even Outlook:LOL:
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    I'm positive the RT OS will only get better... I expect leaps in 3-6 months...
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    Why would the Surface need to be plugged in? I get calendar reminders all the time in Connected Standby.
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    I think the specific Alarm Clock app required it. Much better apps will come....
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    Me too - because this tablet is a fabulous piece of hardware and even without some of the "yet to come improvements" very usable.
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    I'm using Sunrise Clock and Alarm. It allows you to pick an image and music, which both increase in intensity over a specified period. It's a very nice way to wake up.
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    Of course the musuc app will stream Xbox live music in the background I think the OP was talking about sites (not apps) than are running on ie. This is totally unacceptable and I hope it will be fixed with updates presently. I found a work around by chance. I was playing Pandora music on the Pandora website and the music stops as soon as you minimize ie. Off topic, Pandora is one of the main stream music streamers that is conspicuously absent in the apps store. Back on track, I found if you stream music on the Pandora website through the DESKTOP ie it will run while minimized. AARGH!
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    Not only sites but apps too - why is there no simple alarm that runs so that even if the device is sleeping it will wake me in the morning - even a 99 cent phone will do this! I am talking about the complete unacceptability of NOT be ing able to have an app run in background, for example an alarm clock or music streaming while I do something in the foreground. As it is now, once you leave an app it stops. Surely this cannot be rocket science for MS. My belief is that if IOS and Android can have alarms, stream music, email... there's no tech reason for MS not to do it.
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    Does it run when the screen is off (i.e., tablet sleeping)?
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    Sunrise Clock and Alarm uses the Toast for notification, so yes it can notify via Toast.

    The toast element do have a child audio element for adding sound to the notification. Two particular interests are ms-windowssoundevent:Notification.Looping.Alarm and ms-windowssoundevent:Notification.Looping.Alarm2
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    I tested it with the Surface awake, but the alarm app not open, and with the alarm app left open but the Surface asleep. Both instances no alarm.

    I use it as a night clock while plugged into the charger, and only as a wake up alarm. I have my phone for other alarms.

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