I personally would have little to no use for these widget-style Live Tiles on the deskop but have no objection to the idea itself. Having the ability to pin Live Tiles to the desktop would not in any way disable support for them in the new Start Menu. The two need not be mutually exclusive.
I would not prefer this. Live Tiles in the startmenu would be the better choice. You can see this with just on tap and you dont have to search them on the big screen.
I think the new start menu idea is stupid. I might as well download MetroSideBar so I can see my live tiles all the time. It's the same amount of steps to see live tiles so whats the point?
Everyone has a need for Interactive Live Tiles on the desktop. (you should be able to resize them to ANY size)
- interactive OneNote quick notes that sync to all my devices
- calendar - day agenda, week view or month view that I can expand to half of my desktop if I wanted
- live sport scores / news
- rss feeds
- interactive calculator (even though the Start Menu should be able to do simple calculations like Spotlight)
- interactive dictionary ((even though the Start Menu should be able to look up words like Spotlight)
- interactive music player/spotify player
- interactive Shazam quick tagger
- Any news app
- Social Feeds (Facebook and Twitter)
- Health App or My Fitness Pal (they should be integrated Microsoft!!) could have a quick food/drink input with the amount of calories needed and left for that day, just like on Android
There are endless possibilities with this...
I'm not one for the Metro look soo if they let us organize them in perfect grids if we want or spacing them how ever we want, even better. They gave it a shot and no one bought it, just like Vista. Time to listen to consumers. It might work for Tablets and phones but certainly not for desktop.