The Start Screen
At the very beginning of this article I mentioned that one of Microsoft's design goals behind Windows Phone 7 was to aggregate information from multiple sources and present that information in a useful way. Well, let's face it. When it comes to your contacts, some are more important than others.
For example, I'm really interested in status updates from my wife, but I may not be quite as interested in what some of my old college buddies are doing today.
If you have certain contacts that you consider to be critical, Microsoft will allow you to pin those contacts to the Start screen. All you have to do is tap and hold on the contact and then choose the Pin to Start menu option when it is eventually displayed. When you do, Windows will create a smart tile for the user on the Start screen, as shown in Figure E.
Figure E You can place a contact onto the device's Start screen.
In the screen capture in Figure E, the tile looks really generic. Had a profile picture been associated with this contact, though, the tile would have displayed that picture.
As you can see, Windows Phone 7 makes it easy to keep track of your social networking contacts without having to take the time to visit Facebook every time that you want to check up on your friends. Best of all, the social networking information is displayed seamlessly alongside any other contacts that you may have.