SkyDrive adds Live Tiles notifications

By Kip Kniskern | Posted January 23, 2013 16 comments

20724Looks like the folks at Microsoft might be learning how to write apps for their own operating system, finally.  Today, in a post on the Inside SkyDrive blog, Mike Torres announced that the SkyDrive apps for Windows 8 and Windows RT, released back in October, are adding Live Tile functionality:

Starting today, the SkyDrive app from the Windows Store will start showing you notifications on the live tile when you add new files to your SkyDrive. Now the tile for the SkyDrive app will be useful for more than just launching the app, by providing at-a-glance info on what’s going on in your SkyDrive. Whenever you add new files to SkyDrive, the app tile shows you relevant details. If you add a document, you’ll see the document name, along with when it was added, and what folder it’s in. If you add photos, the tile gives you a nice view of those photos.

The Live Tiles, an essential feature of Windows 8’s Modern / Metro (Modtro?) look, will show not only some of the latest images, but changes to your SkyDrive folders, such as “you added files to this folder…”.  The blog post provides some screenshots as illustration:

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While we’re still a long way off from having a useful set of apps from Microsoft that offer the functionality of Windows Live Essentials, or the competition for that matter, it’s good to see Microsoft making incremental progress.

Posted January 23rd, 2013 at 11:05 am
Category: News
Tags: SkyDrive
  • tN0

    Another situation that I don’t understand: Microsoft should know that they have to invest everything to get apps to their Windows Store and to get users to download them. On the other hand they have invented Live Tiles. But you know what, the Store app is one of many Microsoft apps that doesn’t make use of this great feature. Is it really so difficult for Microsoft to use their own features? Display some new cool apps every day on the Store tile!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jer-Ming-Chen/833833653 Jer Ming Chen

      Well, if you do that, other app owner will complain and say there is some kind of fishy trust behind it. : Anyway, some tiles should stay clean to be less distracting, just my thought.

      • tN0

        There are featured apps in the Store already and you can turn off the live functionality for every Tile.

  • tN0

    Another situation that I don’t understand: Microsoft should know that they have to invest everything to get apps to their Windows Store and to get users to download them. On the other hand they have invented Live Tiles. But you know what, the Store app is one of many Microsoft apps that doesn’t make use of this great feature. Is it really so difficult for Microsoft to use their own features? Display some new cool apps every day on the Store tile!

    • JJ

      Well, if you do that, other app owner will complain and say there is some kind of fishy trust behind it. : Anyway, some tiles should stay clean to be less distracting, just my thought.

      • tN0

        There are featured apps in the Store already and you can turn off the live functionality for every Tile.

  • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe Morales

    I personally H-A-T-E Windows 8 so-called live tiles animations.

    • IvoFajardo

      I hate them too. Windows Phone is where the real LIVE tiles are.

      • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe Morales

        Yup.

  • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe

    I personally H-A-T-E Windows 8 so-called live tiles animations.

    • IvoFajardo

      I hate them too. Windows Phone is where the real LIVE tiles are.

      • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe

        Yup.

  • Breakingillusions

    great its more useful now

  • Breakingillusions

    great its more useful now

  • Jason Kohlhoff

    Did anyone actually receive this update yet? I have not.

  • http://twitter.com/jwk6 Jason Kohlhoff

    Did anyone actually receive this update yet? I have not.