Microsoft Research shows off awesome interactive live tiles for Windows
Update: Microsoft has now pulled the page and videos
While there's a lot to love about live tiles in Windows and Windows Phone, there's one element that's been missing: interactivity. Sure, they'll refresh with your latest notifications, but all you can do is tap on them to open the respective app. Microsoft Research is aware of this limitation, and is working actively to supercharge live tiles with interactive elements.
The gist of Microsoft Research's interactive tiles concept is that you can tap on the tile to expand its height into a miniature window in the start screen. For email, for example, it displays a list of your emails, and tapping one will open that specific email in the email app. There's an interactive live tile for the calculator as well, letting you perform quick calculations right from the start screen. Interactive live tiles can even live in the multitasking sidebar, letting you, for example, browse your OneDrive files and drag an item straight from that into your working app.
Thanks to Travis for the video!
The potential applications for these interactive live tiles are many, though there's no time frame for when we might see them actually hit Windows and Windows Phone (certainly it will be a substantial update to both the OS and SDKs).
It's a really cool concept, but we want to know: what do you want to see from interactive live tiles?
Source: Microsoft Research (1) (opens in new tab), (2) (opens in new tab) Via: Microsoft-News.com, Thanks to Jagar for the tip!
Windows Central Newsletter
Get the best of Windows Central in your inbox, every day!
Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.
Besides, live tiles are native, widgets are not that native to an os and are clunky. I'd live to see this thing come to windows ! (not sure it would work for wp but who knows ?)
Media Center is long overdue
Gotta love what MS is going to do with windows next!
I know it's raw, but looks like Korean Android smartphone nightmare: chaotic, dirty, overloaded UI. Minimalism is still trendy and rich. Chose the other way, MS
And the intriguing thing is this looks legit, like it's using the actual existing apps and platform and it's ready working and ready to go alive! I'm sure there's still a lot of testing and polishing but this is EPIC!!!! I can't wait to see this + bringing this to WP + Cortana.... oh my goodness, make it happen sooner than later! :D
Tiles on the other hand are 'tiles'! You need to remind yourself of those tiles you see on the walls, perfectly measured as they are, in an organized layout and uniform appearance. Widgets and tiles are different, people!