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Suggestion: Website Live Tile for Windows 8.1 (without creating a Store app)

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:55 pm Reply with quote
Note that Live Tiles for pinned websites really only works with Internet Explorer 11 set as the default browser. Otherwise, the tile will just be a link to the website with no live feed.

The tablet form factor for Windows 8 is on the rise, especially after this year's CES. While many are likely to install another browser anyway or use some other RSS/news reader, IE11 has a neat little feature for its pinned websites. While I do use Firefox regularly for my laptop, I use IE11 on my tablet because it's a bit more touch-friendly and really isn't so bad.

From Modern IE11, you can pin any website as a Pinned Favorite. On any webpage, select the Favorite (star) icon from the menu, then select the Pin symbol to pin a webpage to the Start screen. If a website has the necessary code, the pinned website will be a Live Tile that updates regularly with the latest items on the feed. I think that this is something that could be done with the All Articles feed or the Newsroom feed.

Microsoft created a tool to easily generate the code necessary for Live Tiles, and they link to their Pinned Site API for further customization.

Here's an example with Windows Phone Central as a large tile and DeviantArt as a wide tile.

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