The glory days of live tiles, which was first introduced with
metro-style Windows Phone 7, are over.
By default, Start menu contains about two dozen live tiles that
continuously pull information in real-time, but many of those
live tiles are not displaying anything useful. While live tiles
are great on smartphones and tablets, most desktop users prefer
going straight to the old-style desktop UI.
After the demise of Windows Mobile, Microsoft has completely
stopped updating live tiles experience on Windows 10. While
live tiles are supported by third-party apps such as Twitter,
Facebook and Instagram, none of those live tiles are displaying
Live tile is on life support and Microsoft hasn’t updated
the feature in Windows 10
in a long while.
If the rumours are believed to be true, Windows 10’s Start menu
could be getting a cluster of inert icons representing apps and
games in the future. The redesigned Start menu would be similar
to Windows 10X’s Start menu, but the UI will be tailored for
People familiar with the development told us that Microsoft is
planning to replace live tiles with icons in a future update
after Windows 10’s 20H2 release.
Windows 10’s leaked build offered an interesting clue into
the company’s plans for the operating system’s Start menu. The
leaked preview build dispensed with the “Live Tiles” menu
approach currently seen in Windows 10, which is updated
frequently to show information such as Weather and Calendar
We’re expecting Windows 10’s live tiles to go away at some
point in 2020/2021, possibly with Windows 10’s 2021 update
since 20H2 is said to be a minor release and hints could drop
in the preview builds later this year.
It’s worth noting that Microsoft has already started updating
its Windows 10 apps with colourful icons ahead of the new Start
The plans are subject to change, but we wouldn’t be surprised
if Live Tiles eventually fade away as most users don’t engage
with Live Tiles on their Start Menu.