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Microsoft details future of Windows 8 tablets: hundreds of Live Tiles that don't drain your battery

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Microsoft details future of Windows 8 tablets: hundreds of Live Tiles that don't drain your battery
Posting to its developers blog, Microsoft has detailed a new push notification system they will be introducing with Windows 8. The result, claims Microsoft, will be a system that supports hundreds of Live Tiles with real-time updates while having a minimal impact on battery life. Reduced power usage is appreciated on all computing platforms, but is especially important on laptop and tablet devices.

Sparing your battery won't be the only innovation Microsoft is introducing to Live Tiles; developers will be able to incorporate “beautiful images” into Live Tiles, enjoy new “tile templates” that will simplify the creation of Live Tile apps, and leverage quicker “real-time delivery”.

The secret to the new Live Tile architecture is the combination of simple XML templates for developers, and a push-based back-end service for Windows 8 notifications. Push services are sent directly to your device, without the device needing to contact a server independently (“poll”). Which means your tablet will not need to constantly check to see if a notification is available. To make this possible Microsoft will be creating a massive back-end service, named Windows Push Notification Service (WNS), which will need to scale up to serve all of the Windows 8 Live Tiles in the world.

Luckily this will all be transparent to the consumer.  The result should be a robust Live Tile ecosystem available for the launch of Windows 8, and an extra couple of hours before recharging your tablet. And who knows, maybe some of this increased efficiency will find its way into Windows Phone 8 as well.

source: Building Windows 8 via WMPoweruser

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posted on 07 Nov 2011, 15:55 2

1. Castanedaa99 (Posts: 28; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)

Awesome...can't wait!!

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 16:36

2. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I am not in the market for a Tablet, but with Android optimizing the experience with the Smartphones through ICS, and Windows 8 optimizing through Smartphones and PCs, there will be real competition for the non-iPad crowd.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 18:37 3

3. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 948; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

Windows revival with Win 8 for Phones, Tablets, and Laptops/PCs... Been playing around with all OS ecosystems, but in terms of complete package Apple and Microsoft still rule.

I enjoy Android/Linux VERY much, more than Apple's iOS... But Microsoft hits a very nice middle ground!

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 18:39

4. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

soooounds great!

My only issue is the same issue that you have when blackberry, motoblur, or other services of the same magnitude go down.. it takes the whole ecosystem off line until its fixed. They should impliment some kind of back up.. a simple bit of code that says "if connection to the WNS server cant be established, default to traditional timed/pull notifications until connection is established. If they did that, that would be phenomenal.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 19:14

5. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2285; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

What's the price on a win8 tablet??

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 19:46 1

6. remyrz (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)

i believe in the future of windows tablets.. now those are the ones the popularity will change for their mini laptops

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 21:00 3

7. rycx365 (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)

That pic sure looks like an N9 windows tablet :)
Inside, it should have:
Ultra power saving 2.5gHz quad core processor
2gb ram
Bezeless, buttonless 12" full HD super amoled+ hyper anti reflectance display (same size as current tablets)
Awesome high quality 5mp front facing cam capable of full HD video chat at 100fps and also very high quality 8mp rear cam
Lag free system, smoother than ipad
Brilliant 3 day battery life
Less than 500g anodized aluminium shell only 7mm thick

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 21:54

10. GoodFella (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

If these specs existed on a tablet, there shouldn't be any competition. It would obliterate any and all tablets... that would be pure awesomeness!!


posted on 07 Nov 2011, 21:23

8. yougotkilled1 (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)

This IMO, will be the iPad's true competitor. I hope all the hype is true for the windows 8 tablet cause it looks cool :D

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 21:28

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

I have concerns with Windows' 'swiss cheese' OS.....seems cool, though.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 22:16

11. JGuinan007 (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 May 2011)

let me eat your swiss cheese windows 8 will be great and integrate PC, tablet, xbox, and phone into a really great simple user experience it will be a slow start waiting for Devs and Apps but it will catch on

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 06:56

13. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

What concern is that ND? I dont understand the swiss cheese comment though.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 00:23

12. ilia1986 (unregistered)

Live tiles are nice.. BUT - windows 8 doesn't have true multi-tasking in Metro mode. As of now at least.

As for PC users - give us the old start menu back as an option!

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 08:12

14. sonisoe (Posts: 434; Member since: 06 May 2009)

its been said that next version of wp7 is to be built on windows 8 kernels, so this notification system should be applicable on handsets... microsoft seems to be coming around with a vengeance... watch out android, ios, and - especially rim 'coz your push capability is about to be pushed over...

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