Improve your vocabulary on the Start Screen

One of the features introduced by Windows 8 in 2012 and improved by Windows 8.1 in 2013 is the Start Screen – the front-end interface that shows up immediately after the user logs in the operating system and allows to quickly start the most important applications. The Start Screen is full of tiles and many of them show dynamic content. In some cases, this is really useful, not just some fancy stuff.

The Internet became a vital part of computing. In essence, a website is an online application, so it isn’t a surprise that it’s possible for a website to be pinned to the Start Screen. The website can also provide dynamic content for the tile, making it more than just a simple shortcut to the home page.

This is precisely what does. When it is pinned to the Start Screen, it provides for the tile random definitions of not so common words and expressions. This content is rotated and automatically updated. If you drag the tile in a visible spot, you’ll see it from time to time, so in that way you’ll improve your vocabulary.

If you don’t know how to achieve this, watch this short presentation:

Unfortunately, Microsoft decided to provide dynamic tiles for websites only if Internet Explorer is the default browser. You can use another browser, but if it becomes the default one, the tiles lose their “magic”.

In a nutshell, if you have a Windows 8 computer or mobile device and if you have no problem using Internet Explorer as the default browser, try to pin to the Start Screen. There’s nothing like this!

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