Application not responding

Collector for macOS records application not responding events from devices in much the same way as Collector for Windows. Applications that do not respond to user input have a negative impact on the overall experience of employees and thus are an important part of the Digital Experience Score (DEX). Refer to DEX score documentation for more information.

The technique employed by Collector to determine whether an application is not responding on macOS differs from the method used on Windows. This article describes how Collector measures an application not responding to events on each platform.

Application not responding on Windows

On Windows, Collector regularly checks the responsiveness of applications by sending messages to their open windows. When an application does not process these messages timely, the system creates a new application not responding event.

Application not responding on macOS

On macOS, Collector relies on the operating system logs to know whether an application is not responding. However, macOS reports unresponsiveness only after the user has forcefully quit an application.

For example, if an application is not responsive at some point, but eventually recovers, Collector does not report the application as not responding as long as the employee did not force the application to quit.

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