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Microsoft testing ways to make Windows Live Tiles interactive

In Asia, Microsoft researchers are experimenting with new ways to interact with the Live Tiles that are core to the Windows 8.X, Windows Phone, and Xbox user interfaces.

By Apr. 11, 2014


People buy iPads, get floor tiles

The police department in Ceres, Calif., warns of the latest, and certainly not greatest, iPad scam. There are also reports of televisions that are mere blocks of wood.

By Jan. 24, 2014


Death Star wall tiles: The Dark Side of home improvement

When you want to communicate a subtle sense of dread to all who enter your home, then dress your walls up with Death Star tiles.

By Nov. 26, 2013


Nokia Lumia 1520 Bandit screenshot leaks, so many tiles

Nokia's much-rumoured 6-inch handset has leaked again, with a purported screenshot making it into the wild.

By Sep. 3, 2013


Enliven Chrome's new tab page with Metro live tiles

With the New MetroTab extension for Chrome, you can turn your new tab page into something that mimics the Metro interface of the Windows 8 Start screen.

By Jul. 29, 2013


Microsoft brings Windows 8 tiles to crazy life

To launch Windows 8 in Norway, Microsoft placed a discreet Windows Tile in the street. When people stepped on it, goodness did the action start.

By Nov. 8, 2012


Microsoft sued over Windows Live Tiles

A smaller operating system technology designer is accusing Microsoft of ripping off its technology for use in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

By Oct. 31, 2012


Microsoft takes on smartphone icons with Live Tiles

Microsoft is betting that Windows 8 Live Tiles will make icons look obsolete on smartphones and desktops.

By Oct. 29, 2012


Windows Blue leaks with side-by-side apps, teeny tiny tiles

The next version of Windows has been leaked online, giving us a glimpse of what to expect.

By Mar. 25, 2013


Windows 8 leads with tiles, apps, sync -- and a learning curve, too

Hold on to your hats, Windows fans: there's a new operating system in town. Windows 8 lives way out on the frontier of touch screens and apps, and it hasn't forgotten how to interact with legacy software. But there's some trickiness to figuring out how it all fits together. We show you what's what in this First Look at Microsoft's future-forward Windows 8.

By Aug. 19, 2012