By this time , a windows Phone user or a Windows 8 user would have known what is Tiles .
Its the shortcut or link to the Application displayes in the Start Screen .
The User can Pin the Application to the Start Screen by holding App for few seconds and clicking the Pin to Start Button .
The user can later unpin the Tile from the Start Screen or even rearrange it .
There are 2 kinds of Tiles in Windows Phone
1. Application Tile
2. Secondary Tile
The Application Tile is the one that i explained above with an example and an screenshot .
The Secondary Tile is generally created from the App programatically based on the users interaction .
An Example of a Secondary Tile could be a Chat Application like Skype where you want to pin a user who you interact frequently to the start screen .
When the Windows Phone user taps on the secondary tiles , it might just take them to the user profile / the chatwindow for that user .
The Windows Phone Mango Tiles are 2 sided which means the information is displayed on the tile by flipping the front and back side of the tile .
The Application Tiles and the Secondary Tiles can be updated by
- ShellTile API
- ShellTileSchedule API
- Push Notifications for Windows Phone
The Creating and Deletion of the Tile varies for the Application Tile and the Secondary Tile .
The Application Tile and the Secondary Tiles can be created only with some user interation like Pin To Start or input .
The Deletion of the Application Tile is not possible but a deletion of the Secondary Tile is possible via the Delete method of the ShellTile Class .