By Adam Z. Lein | October 24, 2011 8:07 AM
With Windows Phone 7.5, application developers can make it so that you can pin practically any kind of content directly to your Start screen for easy access. The operating system itself offers lots of options for pinning live tiles to your start screen, too. With the iPhone, you’ve basically got two options for content on your home screen; application icons and web page icons. With Android, your options are a bit more flexibile since you can add application icons, widget applications, web page shortcuts, and contacts to any of a number of home screens.
With Windows Phone 7.5, just within the operating system, you can pin apps, contacts, contact groups, email accounts, linked email accounts (unified inboxes), email account subfolders, map locations, music artists, playlists, music albums, videos, movies, TV shows, podcasts, web pages, Excel, Word, PowerPoint documents, OneNote pages, OneNote Notebooks, SkyDrive or SharePoint Libraries, “New Note” button, and photo albums from Facebook, Windows Live, or phone storage.
Now that 3rd party developers can create options to pin practically any type of content to the start screen, there are even more options. You can pin live tiles of movies coming out that flip over to show their Rotten Tomatoe ratings. You can pin bacon cheeseburger recipies. You can pin live weather radar maps for any number of cities. You can pin ebay searches or products that you want to buy. You can pin navigation locations, frequent Foursquare checkins, What’s App conversations, dinner reservations, plane ticket boarding passes, RSS feeds, individually live updating stock quotes and even specific levels in a game.
What other types of deep-linking live-tiles do you wish you could pin to your start screen?