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One thing I have noticed is missing when using Windows Store Apps ...

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  • Dr Herbie

    ... is an always visible time and date as we can do with the desktop Task Bar

    Last night our kids went to bed 15 minutes late because while I was out for a run my wife was playing Wordament on out Win8 machine and she lost track of time -- mainly because there was no on-screen clock to remind her.

    I've found apps to show the date and time on the start screen, but there is no provision for something that is always visible (you would have to use up a large amount of screen real-estate to show a docked app just to see the time).

    Of course, I have no idea where you would display the time in a way that doesn't interfere with the Store App design.

    Herbie

  • Maddus Mattus

    Edit; sorry, too fast.

    Yeah, it's a pain,..

  • Proton2

    I frequently put my mouse in the bottom right corner, then move the mouse up a bit.

  • Dr Herbie

    @Proton2: Yes, you can get a clock to show, but that requires an interrupting user-action rather than just a glance -- I find that I glance at the clock enough that having to interrupt my task to see it is starting to feel like a speed-bump.

    I may have to just resort to buying a cheap digital clock for the desk and chip away at the functionality of the PC ...

    Herbie

  • Bas

    I bring up the charms bar when I want to know the time (although now I can't remember if that works only on the start screen or in apps as well), but yeah, that's not the same thing as an always visible clock.

    Stuff like a snapped clock app or some sort of egg timer would work, but you'd still have to actively set those.

  • Proton2

    I have 4 monitors, so I can have the old task bar with the clock showing. However, I have set the task bar to auto hide, so it is easier for me to just do the method I said.

    I also have two clocks that I can glance at, or 3 if I have my BlackBerry PlayBook displaying the time.

    Maybe you can set your phone to display the time. My HTC Surround has a kickstand that allows me to easily display the time.

  • spivonious

    I've found that I'm missing the clock too. But the problem with a full-screen UI is that there is nowhere that is guaranteed to be empty to stick a clock overlay. Time to put a real clock next the computer? Wink

  • Dr Herbie

    @spivonious: Time for one of these?

    Herbie

  • Proton2

    I have a windows store timmer app I have been using, but when I put it to the side in that side of the screen mode, the time data does not show. I guess it's early days yet for Windows store apps.

  • Harlequin

    The Start screen really needs a clock...

  • Dr Herbie

    @Harlequin: There is already a selection of clock apps that update their start screen tile with the date and time, so it's kind of covered.

    Herbie

  • Ian2

    , Dr Herbie wrote

    @Harlequin: There is already a selection of clock apps that update their start screen tile with the date and time, so it's kind of covered.

    Herbie

     

    @Dr Herbie:Yes, but can they also make fart noises at specified times?

     

    Hmmm ...

  • Dr Herbie

    @Ian2: If I ever port my stopwatch WP7 app to Win8, I'll be sure and add that option to the countdown feature ...

    Herbie

  • PaoloM

    If you have specific tasks at the same time of day every day or so (like put the kids to bed), you could always use calendar reminders...

  • Harlequin

    @Dr Herbie:Yeah, but there's so much room at the top. A huge "Start" on the left, on the right a small "Joe" with an image icon. There's room up there by the users name to have a nice big clock/date. Kind of what you see on the home screen. Shouldn't have to download an app and rely on it's live tiles to give you a clock.

  • contextfree`

    I can see why people might want a persistent clock showing all the time, but I'm not quite sure what the advantage of a clock on the Start screen specifically would be, since you'd still have to go to a separate screen to see it, vs. just bringing up the charms.

  • Harlequin

    Yeah, my only other thought is the appbar, but that's an application level thing. Charms works...didn't even know there was a clock in there Smiley

  • DCMonkey

    Time to start my business selling tiny adhesive digital clocks you can stick to the bezel.

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