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If I glance at my start screen, do I need to wait a few seconds for the tiles to show up-to-date information? Or do they continue to update when I'm not looking at the start screen?

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If a tree falls in the forest and there's no one there to hear it, does it make a sound? – Journeyman Geek Oct 31 '12 at 0:37
@JourneymanGeek Yes, but no one hears it, my trusty sound recorder I left behind proves it DID! – Moab Oct 31 '12 at 1:01
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Yes, Live tiles are "live." You can actually check for or disable live updating by right-clicking a tile, waiting for an options bar to slide in, and clicking "Turn live tile off" on an app-by-app basis. The weather app, mail app, and calendar app are quick examples of the automatic updating of Live Tiles.

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They will update without you looking. A good example of this is the Finance app where it will update the stock prices on its own.

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Also I think that's why Live Tiles are called "Live" Tiles :) – Matthew Wong Oct 31 '12 at 2:10

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