Last week Microsoft kicked off their Windows 10 by 10 series for developers by focusing on how to engage customers through the Windows Store. Now in week two, the Windows Apps Team is detailing how developers can engage customers through Lives Tiles and toast notifications in Windows 10.
In this week’s Windows 10 by 10 post, the Windows Apps team details what is new for notifications and Live Tiles in Windows 10 and how developers can use them to create more interactions with their customers. This week’s post details the following features for developers to use in their Windows 10 apps.
Here’s what’s new:
Universal Action Center – After toast notifications are received, they now go into a system area called Action Center. With Windows 10, we’re bringing Action Center to Windows desktops, laptops and tablets, in addition to phones where it was already available. This means customers can get back to notifications they might have missed due to the transient nature of the initial toast and can interact with them in new ways.
Adaptive and interactive toast notifications – Toast notifications across Windows devices can now display interactive UI, so customers can immediately provide input and take action. This means you can capture input, and even run app code, without pulling the customer from their current context. Toast notifications can also be enriched with images in addition to text.
Adaptive Live Tile templates – Content on Live Tiles can now be described using simple markup language, giving you full flexibility on how content is displayed on the Live Tile. Adaptive Live Tiles also adapt to different screen density devices, so you can ensure the Live Tile looks great on any device.
Improved secondary tile pinning behavior – Requesting to pin a secondary tile is now done without any customer or system interaction, so your app can immediately execute additional code after the tile is pinned. This also allows you to pin multiple tiles at once and send tile notifications to them immediately after pinning.
Synchronizing Live Tiles and toast notifications – A new type of background task trigger, called ToastNotificationHistoryChangedTrigger, allows background tasks to be triggered when the app’s notification collection is changed by anything other than the app itself. This means you can execute code when a customer dismisses notifications in Action Center, when notifications expire, or when new notifications are pushed through Windows Push Notification Services (WNS), making it easy to keep your Live Tile up –to date.
Badge unification – Last, but not least: Live Tile badges are now unified across devices, so the glyphs that were previously only available on Windows are now also available on devices running Windows 10 Mobile. This also ensures your Live Tile displays consistently across devices.