A clever trick using the transparent live tiles on your Windows Phone makes it easy to dramatically change the appearance of your device by changing the background of your start screen.
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Users will be able to backup and restore their Start screens in Windows Phone 8.1 - with the size and location of each tile preserved - matching functionality already available in Windows 8.1.
Newly leaked Windows Phone 8.1 screenshots confirm that the OS will allow users to create custom Start Screen background that can replace the graphical look of their Live Tiles.
Microsoft was granted a patent in the U.S. for the Start screen user interface that the company put into the Windows 8 OS, over two years after it filed for the patent.
New screenshots of Windows 8.1 Update 1 reveal some upcoming changes to the Start screen, including mouse-friendly menus and - to the delight of many, no doubt - a new location for the Power button.
A new concept for Windows 8.2 developed by a 20-year-old designer looks pretty impressive as it aims to more successfully integrate the classic Desktop with the new Modern UI and Start screen.
Microsoft's new 'By The Numbers' site shares a range of stats about the company's products and achievements, featuring Live Tiles and a design inspired by the Windows 8 Start screen.
In our latest From The Forums feature, we take a look at how some of Neowin's community members have customized their Start screens for the public preview of Windows 8.1.
Rumours surrounding the release of Windows 8.1 are flying thick and fast - the most recent of which suggests the Start Button will be returning alongside an updated Charms Bar.
Based on the newest leaked build of Windows 8.1, it looks like the Start screen for Microsoft's OS will have some more customization features for the Modern app tiles.
Another report has surfaced that reinforces previous speculation and code changes in the latest builds of Windows 8.1, which show that there might be a boot to desktop option in the update
With Windows Phone 8 due to support larger screens and 1080p, the operating system's UI could be getting a slight makeover, adding an extra column of tiles being to the Start screen.
An analyst from IDC states that their survey of Windows 8 users confirm they want to boot to desktop mode along with getting the Start menu back in the desktop UI.
If you use Windows 8's core applications and have been lusting for an update to polish the apps, you may not have to wait much longer as an update is on the horizon according to new information.
In a new in-house Q&A, Tami Reller, the CFO of the Windows division at Microsoft, claims that the majority of the people learn quickly how to use the Start screen and other aspects of Windows 8.
Software maker SweetLabs has announced that it has seen 500,000 downloads of its Pokki program that offers a way to enable the Start menu on the desktop for Windows 8.
A recently released app for Windows 8 allows Steam users to pin their favorite games they have downloaded from Valve's online service on their Windows 8 Start screen.
In our latest look inside Neowin's message board, we find that one forum member has his own ideas for creating a Windows 8 desktop that also puts in elements of the "Modern" Start Screen.
Stardock CEO Brad Wardell talks about the company's second Windows 8-based program, Decor8, which lets people change the Start screen background on the "Modern" UI of the OS.
Microsoft reveals more about how the company came up with the new Start screen in the newly launched Windows Phone 8 OS to make it more of a personal experience for users.
Microsoft has announced that it will claim 39 digital boards in New York City's Times Square this weekend and will turn them into one massive Windows 8 Start screen.
Toshiba announced it is taking pre-orders for its Windows 8 PCs, which will include a program, Toshiba Desktop Assist, that it says will be "similar to the Start Menu in previous versions of Windows."
With Windows 8 leaking to the web, quite a bit of new information about what is contained in the RTM has surfaced as more individuals have gotten their hands on the platform. Make the jump to see more
As the RTM draws nearer, the leaks continue to ...er, leak across the web. This time a Chinese website has posted up a few changes to the Start screen settings which appear to allow images now.
Want to see more of the new Windows Phone 8 Start Screen? Take the jump and watch a new video that Microsoft just posted up that will give you the best look yet at the new user interface.
A new post on the official Internet Explorer developer blog talks about how IE 10 workswith Windows 8 in pinning websites to the Start screen and how web developers can support it.
Since the release earlier this week we're sure many of you have formed opinions as to the usefulness of the Metro Start Screen for desktop users. So, would you like the option to disable it?
We know that the Neowin community is particularly vocal about whether they like or dislike the Windows 8 Start Screen, so voice your options this weekend as to whether you would disable it or not
Another day, another leak of screenshots from Windows 8 build 8220. While the classic desktop is still more of the same, there is a new tasty UI tidbit - and it's not the Start orb.
The upcoming beta release of Windows 8 will allow users to use more customization features but won't allow users to use their own picture as the background of the Metro Start Screen.
More screenshots from a new but pre-beta build of Windows 8 have found their way to the Internet with claims that Microsoft will sign off on the beta version of the operating system by the end of 2011
A new screenshot from a pre-beta build of Windows 8 shows off the previously unseen Start Screen personalization feature which will let users of Microsoft's OS change the color scheme.
Microsoft have detailed how they will manage live tiles on the Windows 8 Start screen, and how the result enables you to use loads of live tiles without battery or performance concerns
Microsoft laid out the new capabilities of searching from the new Start Screen in Windows 8 on the Building Windows 8 blog, with changes that benefit both keyboardists and touch users alike.
Microsoft addresses more of the most common concerns users have with the Start screen in Windows 8. In addition, they've left a hint of what the All Programs view will evolve into.
Microsoft's official Windows 8 blog site takes a look at how the company is designing the Start screen to work on the upcoming next version of its operating system.
Microsoft is seeking to trademark "Charms," the term used to describe the menu and its icons that appear on the right or bottom-left of the screen in Windows 8.