Microsoft Research Is Trying To Use Interactive Live Tiles To Improve Multitasking In Windows Modern Apps


11, 2014

It appears Microsoft has pulled down these videos. We have embedded a copy found on YouTube:

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Few hours back we reported about the video from Microsoft Research on their Interactive Live Tiles project. There is another video of the same project in which Microsoft Research is making use of Interactive Live Tiles for improving multi-tasking with modern Windows apps. In the video above, they show a scenario where OneDrive app’s interactive Live Tile is placed on the left bar on the screen while the main content on the screen is the Mail app. You can still browse through your files on your OneDrive app without leaving the Mail app.

Multitasking Windows Future

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.

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In another scenario, you can make a quick reply to social notifications on a interactive Live Tile.

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Here is an another cool trick MSR is trying to do, you can transfer interactive Live Tile across devices. In the video above, user taps the People Interactive Tile on a large display using his phone and the Live Tile now appears on his screen. He can continue the action on the device.

Hopefully, Microsoft Windows product team will listen to MSR’s ideas!

via: WalkingCat

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