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Why is Microsoft obsessed with live tiles, and why doesn't

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    Why is Microsoft obsessed with live tiles, and why doesn't


    Apple care?

    Summary: Wherever you go, Microsoft puts the Start screen and live tiles front and centre when it comes to Windows 8 and Windows Phone. But Apple seems nonplussed about ripping off the idea. Why?
    Why is Microsoft obsessed with live tiles, and why doesn't Apple care? | ZDNet

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    iOS 7 just added the first live tile. the weather icon will apparently show the current temperature now.

    and the article is coming from a guy who wrote the book "Death of the PC".
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    Live tiles are useless too me. If I want to see info, I will open the app.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vram View Post
    Live tiles are useless too me. If I want to see info, I will open the app.
    You defeated the purpose of the live tile...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by vram View Post
    Live tiles are useless too me. If I want to see info, I will open the app.
    You defeated the purpose of the live tile...
    Preference. It is all about preference and leaving live tiles run when you never use them or not often enough to warrant using resources, then it is defeating the purpose of the live tile switch.

    8 loads the apps so fast anyway, what's the difference if some of us turn them on/off at will ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by vram View Post
    Live tiles are useless too me. If I want to see info, I will open the app.
    You defeated the purpose of the live tile...
    Live tile of photo collection = Who is going to stare at little tiny pics on the face of your phone?

    Live tile of current weather = I can look outside and get a more accurate reading of the current weather conditions. I would open the app to see further out.

    Live tile of new mail = Any OS can place a number on the mail icon to show new incoming mail.

    Just some examples. I use a Lumia 920 and don't really see the benefit.
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    I think the live tile of email is a very cool feature. I see an email from a personal friend and I immediately open the email. I see email from random associate, he can wait.

    I just wish it was bigger which is what they're solving for 8.1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    I think the live tile of email is a very cool feature. I see an email from a personal friend and I immediately open the email. I see email from random associate, he can wait.

    I just wish it was bigger which is what they're solving for 8.1.
    I agree with live tiles being a cool feature. The coolest part is we control when they live ... and when we kill them ... even temporarily.

    I turn mail tile on when expecting something special too, but most of the time it is off.

    Weather tile is pretty much left on because I keep track of several locations (family & friends)

    If someone wants to keep them turned on because MS gave them to us ... that's cool too.
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    The thing about having Live Tiles on an Apple Device is this: They use up the limited resources of the device.

    I had installed some "Widgets" to my Springboard, I had little Spiderman Icons slinging webs. It was really cool, until I realised it was leaving me with 20 MB from of my allotted 512 MB of Ram! And locking up my phone when important calls came in.

    The normal Apple iPhone or iPad user does not want to have to reboot their device an inordinate amount of times each day. garbage that runs animated gunk on the Springboard eventually causes the device to lock up solid.

    So I assume Apple supports this with MS Devices, because they will continually crash, and then people will sell their Windows 8 Phones and by an iPhone 5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vram View Post

    Live tile of current weather = I can look outside and get a more accurate reading of the current weather conditions. I would open the app to see further out.
    To be fair, I do like the weather one on my gs3. Can't see much use for any others on my phone, and absolutely zero use on my pc.
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