C# – Thread.Sleep replacement in .NET for Windows Store


Thread.Sleep doesn't seem to be supported in .NET for Windows Store apps.

For example, this


will compile when targeting any .NET Framework (2.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5), but not when targeting .NET for Windows Store apps (or in a portable class library which targets both 4.5 and store).

System.Threading.Thread is still there, it just doesn't have the Sleep method.

I need to delay something for a few seconds in my app, is there a suitable replacement?

EDIT why the delay is needed: My app is a game and the delay is to make it look like the computer opponent is "thinking" about his next move. The method is already called asynchronously (main thread isn't blocked), I just want to slow the response time down.

Best Solution

Windows Store apps embrace asynchrony - and an "asynchronous pause" is provided by Task.Delay. So within an asynchronous method, you'd write:

await Task.Delay(TimeSpan.FromSeconds(30));

... or whatever delay you want. The asynchronous method will continue 30 seconds later, but the thread will not be blocked, just as for all await expressions.