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Programming the Windows Runtime by Example: A Comprehensive Guide to WinRT with Examples in C# and XAML by John Garland, Jeremy Likness

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6. Tiles and Toasts

Tiles and toasts are features of the Windows Shell that enable your app to remain alive and connected even when it isn’t running. Tiles represent your app on the Windows 8.1 Start Screen. The content of the tile can change regularly to reflect the latest information your app provides, including both text and images. Tiles may be enhanced by badges that provide timely notifications and at-a-glance information about important actions that can be taken by launching the app. Toast notifications can provide a pop-up message for the user to decide if they wish to bring your app to the foreground or launch it to act on the information.

WinRT APIs also exist that send notifications from within applications that can display a toast ...

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