Originally Posted by Seketh
I usually use that argument against Android. If they want to have even half the information a Windows Phone user gets, they have to fill their screen with widgets, which ends up becoming a wallpaper with random stuff on top.
On Metro, you have the information right there, and the different tiles are your "wallpaper".
Well on windows phone, the untampered "wallpaper" is the lockscreen picture
Arguably available on android as well, though not vanilla and probably not stock, I forget if sense brought over that feature from WinMo.
Originally Posted by telep
I tought that we are talking about pc os not phones, so i dont understand why you bring android. My desktop looks like this and i dont need stupid blocks on my desktop to show me twitter and facebook updates. They could make some pop up window for notifications like on osx not to take my whole screen, plus u dont use pc for same stuff like phones, because pc is for doing serious stuff, i think that biggiest fail of win8 is that is dummbed down to look like phone os.
Here is a prime example of the ignorant hate poster I was talking about. What's dumb about live tiles? Why is a particularly exemplary system considered 'dumb' just because it was on a phone first? Also, read my last post, I think you'll find that rather enlightening.
Also, judging by your picture you wish you had a mac don't you? Go get one, there is plenty of room in the Apple community for people such as yourself.
Rather than attacking your obvious "the world revolves around me" approach to this, I'll address something that will benefit others reading this: you have missed the entire point of tiles. A popup notification demands your attention and distracts you from your current work. You might ignore it and get to it later, but nonetheless it still distracted you for a second; something that is very detrimental to a productive workflow. You might not be able to appreciate the significance of this yet, but trust me, it's important. If you don't check the notification right away, you might forget about it entirely... experiences vary per person obviously, but the fact of the matter is that most people will respond in some way to an active notification, completely forget about them, or be unable to focus on what they were previously working with because the unanswered notification is looming over the back of their mind.
Live tiles on the other hand are rather passive in function. You must consciously choose to look at them; the information is aggregated on one place, spread out in a wide, easily accessible format. The notifications in tiles aren't going anywhere, and you aren't notified the moment they arrive. Thus you may work in peace, uninterrupted. Time permitting, you can then check a whole number of notifications in one slot of time rather than at random points in time in your use of the computer. What I'm trying to get at here is that the human mind is bad at multitasking; it generally detracts from performance, and regular popup notifications divide your concentration. Tiles are an elegant answer to incoming data that doesn't necessarily demand your immediate attention (an instant message would perhaps warrant a regular notification for example, since people expect you to reply in a timely fashion). This is why I love windows phone; I get more done in less time, since I'm not constantly pulling out and putting away my phone for each and every individual notification. Moreover, this practice saves battery life.
This passive system isn't entirely new or unfamiliar; I'm sure users of IRC will appreciate the fact that you don't get notified for every message unless someone explicitly wants you to be notified. I generally prefer IRC because of this... I can segment work and periodically enter conversations, rather than the back and forth demand of regular messaging clients.