customize pinned tiles for html5 applications
With the news that IE9 will be supported in the next update I thought it would be a good idea if Windows Phone 7 supported additional meta-data on a website to customize the appearance of a pinned tile.
Similar to how you can drag the favicon onto the taskbar on desktop IE9, websites should be able to provide additional meta-data such as an icon, a tile colour, a location where the phone can periodically get and display a small amount of data (such as a football score or the number of unread emails), the option to hide the address bar when the site is launched (giving it a native app feel) and/or the ability to add site specific shortcuts to the "more" bar of the browser.
I’m pleased to say that this capability was added with Windows Phone 8.1, enabling web site owners to add code to their website to customize how their app behaves when a Windows Phone user pins the website.
For more information, please see the docs at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ie/bg183312(v=vs.85).aspx
Is this ever going to be supported? Inability to pin websites with developer specific images is a little ridiculous. iOS and android have been doing it for years and its dead simple.
I am so amazed that Windows Phone does not support pinning websites. The meta code for the Surface Tablet should be supported in Windows Phone. Is that complicated?
John Palmer commented
Even just having the tile use the favicon would look better than the preview, in my opinion at least.
Liam G commented
This would be awesome. Our users would use this, I know I certainly would. If you can do it with a iDevice, why shouldn't you be able to do it with WP?
This is very important to us. Even if it is not a live tile, it is very important that the tile be the image of our choosing. Our site users constantly access the web site and pin it to their start page.