Alive with Activity: Tiles, Notifications, and Background Tasks
"Using Windows 8," one commentator has written, "is like living in a house made out of Internet." The innovative Start screen of Windows 8 is alive with tiles that bring key info from apps into a unified view. Other notifications keep users informed and engaged, even when apps aren't running at all. In this talk we'll see the basics of notifications, everything you can do in the notification XML, how to create web services for tile updates, how to set up live tiles before an app even runs the first time, and how to work with the Windows Push Notification Service and Azure Mobile Services.