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Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Unleashed, Third Edition by Mike Snell, Lars Powers

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The UI Basics

The Windows Phone user experience is centered on the concept of tiles. Tiles are chunks of UI real estate that can either be static representations of an app or dynamic tiles that show live, useful information related to an app. Figure 24.1 shows the Windows Phone start screen; here you see tiles pinned to the start screen. Some of them are functioning merely as icon-based app launchers. Others are displaying useful, contextual information (such as the calendar tile, which is showing live appointments for the day). You can clearly see that this tile-based UI joins together the user experience between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Refer back to Figure 23.1 in Chapter 23, “Developing Windows Store Applications,” for the Windows 8 ...

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