Alive with Activity: Tiles, Notifications, and Background Tasks

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"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.
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      Devon Musgrave

      The book Kraig refers to at the beginning of this presentation is a free ebook from Microsoft Press. The full, complete First Edition can be found on our blog; find the post dated October 29, 2012. And the First Preview of the Second Edition, also free, can be found in our post dated June 26, 2013.


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