Microsoft Develops Live Tiles Features, Teaser Released


For a couple of years, Microsoft has been developing on its signature Live Tiles to make it much more interactive. After the Windows 8 original introduction, the Redmond-based company has tweaked the Live Tiles UI several times. But the fundamental way you interact with Windows 10’s Live Tiles remains the same, and it appears that it is about to change.

Next week, Microsoft will be holding developers conference and the company will be having a discussion entitled “What’s New for Tiles and Toast Notifications.”

It has also teased that Microsoft Live Tiles are about to change. The session notes says, “Live Tiles are evolving with two highly-requested surprises that you won’t want to miss.”

Initially, Live Tiles was supposed to be shipped with Windows 10. Now it is expected that the company would be ready to include them in an update.

Previously, we are familiar with the “interactive tile view” concept which enables the user to interact with notifications within apps, notes The Verge.

Users can scroll through messages within the Tile and send a reply message, instead of tapping on a tile to reply to an email. This new features will be very helpful for apps such as a calculator as users would never have to launch the full app. However, it’s unclear whether Microsoft’s research projects are the “two highly-requested” surprises.

However, the first part is clear and it appears to come with more improvements to the Adaptive Toast notification API. The new features may also offer some hidden interactive surprises, but fans are expecting the pair of “highly-requested” Live Tiles features. We have added the concept video below although it is a little outdated, its explains the interactivity idea well.

We will have to wait till next week to find out more about the Microsoft’s Windows 10 plans at Build 2016.

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