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Windows Runtime via C# by Jeffrey Richter and Maarten van de Bospoort

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Chapter 8. Tile and toast notifications

The Start screen is the users’ personal dashboard, containing information they care about. It consists of tiles, all nicely ordered with animating content. One glance shows you new email, the latest price of your favorite stocks, when and what your next appointment is, the latest weather information for locations you care about, and so on.

For developers, these tiles provide tremendous advantages compared to other platforms. Showing useful information in a tile compels the user to open your app more often. And the more time spent in your app, the better it is for you as an app developer if your app offers in-app advertising or in-app purchases. In addition to updating tile content, your app can place a badge ...

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