Windows 8 live tiles are interactive apps that use the internet to bring live updates to users of Windows 8. Live tiles sit on the Windows 8 start screen, and are useful for having instantaneous information on constantly changing data like stock indexes, international weather, as well as local and international news. Live tiles replace the need to visit certain websites that contain this information, something that many PC users do on a daily basis. Live tiles also replace the need to launch any of the apps that provide this information; live tiles provide you with short, immediate updates without having to leave your start screen.
These live apps can also be opened for full screen Windows 8 UI-style apps.
What are the different kinds of live tiles?
There are a variety of live tiles that, by default, sit on your start screen. The live apps you will see when you first install Windows 8 are:
News – The red app located front and center in your start screen. This app brings you the most recent and critical news, and when you open it you can get a glimpse of the top international headlines as well.
Finance – Bing finance, the green tile on your start screen, brings you top financial headlines as well as up to date reports on various US and International stock market such as the DOW, S&P, NASDAQ , and Russell.
Sports – Bing sports, the purple tile, brings you the top stories in sports so you don’t have to browse the internet to find out the latest updates on your favorite teams.
Trending – The bing trending apps gives you the hottest headlines, updates on the most popular news items of the day. When opened, you can see a sampling of information around a certain news item in tile form.
Travel – Gives you insights, tips, and weather of the most popular travel destinations. You can also add destinations where you plan on traveling, so that the travel live tile will continuously update you on the places you plan on heading.
If live tiles aren’t for you, simply right click the app, and a menu will pop up on the bottom of the screen. This menu will give you the option to unpin the app from the Start screen, uninstall the app completely, make it smaller, or make it static and not live. Note that if you’d like to perform the same action on all live tiles, you can select them all but right clicking each one. You can then simultaneously unpin, uninstall, make smaller, or make them static.