The Future of Windows, Windows Phone and Truly Live Tiles

Love it or hate it, live tiles are here to stay. Yes, Microsoft’s bringing back the Start menu, but the fact is, for a unified system interface, live tiles are still going to be very much present. Still, some lament that the live tiles serve no functional purpose other than looking pretty, and providing a tad more information than your regular icons. So what can Microsoft do about live tiles to make them better?

A month back we reported that Windows Phone 8.5 would bring a live tile overhaul, and now it seems that this feature will be coming to Windows as well.
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WP 8.5 to bring Live Tile overhaul – what exactly does it mean?

Well everyone’s waiting for Microsoft’s big unveiling of WP8.1 during their //build/ conference on April 2, their latest overhaul of the operating system, which will bring the long-awaited notification (“action”) centre, as well as personal voice assistant Cortana.

But even before WP8.1 is released, WP8.5 is reportedly in the works, and information has leaked that the API for Live Tiles may be altered or completely rewritten to allow new functionality (pic below). In any case, Microsoft plans to change the start screen in Windows Phone 8.5.

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