A group of Microsoft’s Research team in Asia is working on making Windows’ Live Tiles more interactive, which was demonstrated in the company’s demo videos on Interactive Tiles Project on the company’s Research site, ZDNet reports. The company, however, soon pulled the videos down, but these are still viewable in recorded videos. The video clips show how the company’s signature Live Tiles can be made more user-interactive by offering a full-screen display of an app’s content by simply tapping on its Tile once, and a revised version of Desktop Live Tile.
One of these clips shows Microsoft’s researcher Jiawei Gu talking about the Interactive Live Tiles research project, in which he is showing off how the Live Tile expands on a single touch to show the app content on the Start screen, instead of opening the app represented by the Tile. Like, when a user will touch an email app, it would expand to show the list of emails, very similar to an Android widget. The video also highlights a new Interactive Desktop Tile, which can be used to open Desktop Office apps and even other third party apps for desktop. It essentially gathers every app a user is using in the traditional Windows mode, which will make it easy to launch programs that are listed in this Tile.
Here is the official note on the “Interactive Tile” project:
“This project features an Interactive-Tile UI system that enables users to access and manipulate Live Tiles in an interactive way with touch gestures. Interactive Tile’s UI is responsive and flexible to an app’s content and function. Users can provide quick input to the Interactive Tile on the Start screen. With a perception of Start as an entrance page, Interactive Tiles were introduced to empower the start screen with an intermediate access level to applications.”
More can be seen in the Video below: