With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft introduced the world to a new kind of user interface: Live Tiles. This new UI metaphor provides a couple of benefits to developers and end-users alike: developers can update the tile on a regular basis to provide visible up-to-date information to the user, and can better organize the main entry point into their apps. The user experience is much improved: users don't have to run the app to view important information and there is only one app entry point (the tile itself). To help WinForms developers introduce this UI experience within their desktop applications, we released a complete set of WinForms TileControls in 2011.
Despite this, there is a bit of a disconnect between Windows 8 Tiles on the Start Screen and non-Modern-UI desktop apps. Bridging this disconnect is the reason we engineered the DevExpress WinRT Live Tile Manager.
The idea is simple: allow a WinForms desktop app to create, display and update Live Tiles on the Windows 8 Start Screen, such that when the user clicks the tile, the desktop app is invoked and will respond. To accomplish this, we ship a fully-compliant Windows Store App - the Live Tile Manager.