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How Microsoft came up with the Windows Phone 8 Start and lock screens

0. phoneArena posted on 04 Nov 2012, 01:12

On its blog on Friday, Microsoft explained how it came up with the revised start and lock screen for Windows Phone 8; new features like Resizable Live Tiles help make the platform more customizable for users...

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posted on 04 Nov 2012, 01:25 23

1. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

Simple yet beautiful. o.o

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 06:29 13

10. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

Yeah I really like it actually. I mean I love my S3 so I wouldn't switch, but I can see myself using that and liking it! Microsoft isn't doing to bad.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 09:01 3

12. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

I like the vid better since I don't have 2 read anything

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 01:49 8

2. Zylam (Posts: 1122; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)

Good article Alan but you titled "How Micosoft came up with the Start and Lock screen",

That would imply the inspiration, the origin of the idea and such, yes you have let us know what improvements and additions Microsoft made however apart from the testing 5 tiles and resulting in them being too small, nothing else of the how is explained.

Just saying,


posted on 04 Nov 2012, 06:30 2

11. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

Agreed, I thought the article would say what gave them the idea to do the Metro-style UI. A little dissapointed, that would have been interesting to find out.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 01:56 3

3. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1639; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

I must say, I do like the lock screen look of WP8. It just looks modern yet clean and organized.

I see that the source of this article is Engadget. I was going to say, perhaps one of the PA writers would like to take a crack at rebutting the editorial entitled "Amazon and Google are undermining mobile pricing, and that hurt's everyone".

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 01:23 7

4. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

I wish there were more new features :'-(

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 01:38 1

5. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

This lock screen looks nothing like the patent that Microsoft applied for... I think they will lose the court battle, over this design...


posted on 04 Nov 2012, 01:52

6. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

I think there is something wrong with todays comment board, it gives you no time to edit, before you had 240 seconds to edit. Now as soon as the post go in it say "posted 1 hour ago".

Anyway to edit my above post. In the patent from Microsoft the tiles did not look alive, as in the original patent, but looked plain and elementary.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 05:16

8. JamesHunt (Posts: 37; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

I am not sure , but wp7 when launched did not have live tiles. So maybe after filing for patent they must have included live tiles in one of their updates. I forgot the name of the update before mango.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 10:58

15. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)

WP7 have always had live tiles from the start! And I think since mango was windows phone 7.5 there was no update before it

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 16:58

17. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

You have the option to edit for up to 240 seconds, OR until someone else posts or replies, OR if someone gives you a rating on your comment.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 02:54 2

7. brandonrana (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)

Loved the fact that Wp is Getting better n better n will the best very soon

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 06:23

9. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Folks I am a windows smart phone fan and will get me a 920 as fast as I can but I am
worried if windows store tile apps will be around long because there is a company suing Microsoft about the design of the Windows store tiles apps they say they came up with the Idea first. If Microsoft loses the case and Microsoft cannot get an agreement to continue to use tile style Windows store apps then folks we will see good old icons on Windows 8 desktops, Laptops, Servers, Tablets and smart phones. this could cost Microsoft and it's OEM partners big bucks to change over to Icons again Wow what a fall out this would be on Microsoft's mobile efforts. it would set them back at least 2 to 3 years. .

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 09:22

13. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

@ 7thspaceman- If Microsoft was to lose the patent suit, i believe they are committed to make WP8 work no matter what... That said, SurfCast sounds a lot like Surface. So it wouldn't be that difficult for Microsoft to pay to use their patent, or even better yet, buy the patent/company. Wouldn't be the first company Microsoft bought. You know the ole saying, everyone has their price.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 09:25

14. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

This is cool - Android already has these features/info on the lock screen and more and the picture changer for Android is just an app. But, great idea by Microsoft to build it into the OS ...

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 15:06

16. nokiaaaaa (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

i really want someone 2 tell me will wp8 allow sideload apps from whatever source i get it from or only wp store

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 17:03

18. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I don't think Windows Phone 7.5 allows sideloading in the traditional sense, but not sure about 8. I've downloaded stuff from both the Live Marketplace and also the Nokia Beta webpage (though in retrospect that may have been a redirect from the Marketplace, don't recall). With androids you can download the .apk and install it, I have not encountered that capability in Windows Phone 7.5 yet.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 04:04

19. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

I wonder if the People suing Microsoft over the tiles screen design contacted Microsoft
2 years ago when Microsoft first came out with windows phone 7. The judge is going to want to know why too . Microsoft and it's OEM'S has spent billions of dollars to use this tiles interface . Microsoft was at first denied a patent on this interface but then were granted a patent on it when they changed their tiles interface to do things the original non Microsoft patent did not. Under the USA patent laws you can get a patent if your patent has enough advanced differences than a previous patent. uit will be interesting to see how this turns out

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