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New Windows 10 Live Tiles might debut at Microsoft Build 2016

Sherri Watson | 28 March, 2016, 22:44

Technology giant Microsoft is set to unveil two new Live Tile features at its Build developers conference, which will be held between 30 March and 1 April. When used with the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, the Windows Camera app can decide automatically whether HDR is warranted for a specific shot based on the scene.

The only clue so far has been a concept video published by Microsoft Research back in 2014. Think of an email Tile that would allow users to scroll through their inbox and reply to individual messages.

This is one of the major reasons why users have been asking for more interactive Live Tiles, and after quite some time, Microsoft might actually address these requests. "We've seen a new generation of mobile devices and the scale of Windows 10 grow to more than 200 million devices since launch". Unfortunately, certain applications don't utilize Live Tiles' ability to display information to the user, and instead use Live Tiles just as a shortcut.

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This build will probably be the last released before Microsoft's big Build developer conference, taking place in San Francisco next week. "Live Tiles are evolving with two highly-requested surprises that you won't want to miss", according to Microsoft. The company has never unveiled anything publicly but Interactive Live Tiles clearly exist internally at Microsoft.

That said, the major update is still in the early stages, so some of these details will likely change and evolve through the next few months.

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