Windows Phone 8.1 allows you to pin websites with Live Tile support

Windows Phone 8.1 allows you to pin websites with Live Tile support
There are a ton of new features in Windows Phone 8.1, we've already gone into that quite a bit, because we knew a lot about what was coming before the update was made available for testing. But, of course, there are always features that might not be announced and you wouldn't know about until you find it. One of those nice features is the ability to pin websites to your Start screen.

This alone isn't really all that interesting, both Android and iOS have allowed for placing website shortcuts on your home screen for quite a while now. But, Windows Phone makes the experience a bit better by allowing for Live Tile support. Not all websites are compatible, but if a site is set up for it, the pinned tile will give a scrolling feed of headlines from the site. So far, it works well with CNN, MSN, and a couple other sites, but you'll basically have to try out your favorite sites to see if they work. 

It would seem likely that Microsoft would want websites to optimize to support being pinned as a Live Tile, but given that the company hasn't mentioned the feature at all, maybe Microsoft is just going to let it go and hope things fall into place. 

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31 Comments

1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

What about triple X. Lol

3. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

That might be really weird to see a boob coming up on the screen when your friend wants to try and use it for an emergency call if they don't have their phone. Priceless reaction though

18. Dastrix unregistered

Girlfriends be like... REJECTED!

2. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

This is the Killer feature Widows Phone have and Android and iOS doesn't. :)

4. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I was about to comment the sane thing...but nothing is impossible in android..widgets can already do it.

15. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

And some wicked launchers/ROM mods...

7. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Symbian has it. For any site.

31. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly...Android too. I feel more comfortable with people calling Android a copy of Symbian than iOS. Really.

8. wilsong17 unregistered

No we got live widget which can do more than live titles

12. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

13. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

17. Dastrix unregistered

Except it's static, and looks so ugly.

19. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

It's not static..and gives more information than those silly tiles...

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

While not static, i guess if i want a widget to take up my screen that is nice. Would like to see the widget about a 1/4 of that site. And it is a snapshot, or so it states, meaning is it a jpeg? how fast does it update.

27. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is already available on Android in some form....dont really know about iOS. Widgets......dont forget.... Seeing as how Win Mo had support for widgets before Android even came out....this is a no brainer.

29. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Not before Android came out but before Android became so popular.... I had widgets on my Omnia 1...Samsung Win Mo phone..

5. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

This is just one of many awesome features that are exclusive to WP.

9. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Not exclusive....there are some widgets which can already do it in android...

14. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

exclusive my as* this has been in android for years. If you can't find it in stock android, just download the 3rd party apps in Play Store. This feature can even be found or is preinstalled in some ROMs/devices

23. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

But that is just it, 3rd party, from the droid camp all we hear about ms 3rd party app ecosystem is it is bad since it is not the original or stock experience....yet when wp comes with something droid camp talks about roms (which can void warranty), or 3rd party apps. I have used widgets like this on my note 3, decent works as expected.

28. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Android has had a News & Weather widget for awhile now.

6. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Time for PhoneArena to add Live Tiles support

10. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

What's an Android,WP all the way.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Lol! WP defense force.

24. papss unregistered

Lol fandroids

16. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Great update by microsoft. By 2017, WP will overtook iOS as the second most popular Smartphone OS.

20. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I could pin websites to my Start Screen on 8, and I'll check my Lumia 900 to see if it worked in 7.8. I'll give this new option a whirl. Does PA work on it?

25. papss unregistered

That's true.. I've had a pa website pinned to my home screen since day one.. My guess is that pa never tried it.. They were busy bashing it

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

PA can barely get their CSS/html coding to work on other browsers that dont have a mouse via 'proper' coding. If PA does....i will give them props.

21. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Bring it on

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