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Live Tiles

Live Tiles

As you look at Figure B, you will notice that the Windows Phone 7 interface is divided into a series of tiles. Microsoft refers to these tiles as live tiles because the tiles are dynamic in nature, and the information that is displayed on each time changes to reflect that is going on at the moment.

To give you a better idea of what I mean, you will notice that one of the tiles shown in Figure B says Email Setup. Once the phone has been connected to an e-mail account, this tile's name changes to Outlook. Just to the right of the Outlook icon, the tile displays a number indicating the total number of unread e-mail messages, as shown in Figure C.

Figure C The Outlook tile displays the total number of unread e-mail messages.

Of course, the Outlook tile isn't the only tile that displays dynamic information in real time. Most of the tiles on the Windows Phone 7 desktop (including some times that are not displayed in Figure B) are designed to provide real time information.

For example, a Calendar tile displays information about your next appointment. Likewise, the Messaging tile indicates how many unread text messages are waiting for you, while the Phone tile displays the number of calls that you have missed, as shown in Figure D.

Figure D The Phone and Messaging tiles provide dynamic information.

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