Surfcast has welcomed windows 8 by a lawsuit against live tiles. Microsoft with its launch of windows 8 is trying hard to crack the tablet and smartphone industry, which is dominated by iOS and android platforms. But it has already started experiencing the wrath of patent lawsiuts which plagues the development of android based platforms. Will the Microsoft manage to tide over these lawsuits and emerge as an important player. It's a wait and watch game.
Surfcast definition of tiles
"Tiles can be thought of as dynamically updating icons. A Tile is different from an icon because it can be both selectable and live -- containing refreshed content that provides a real-time or near-real-time view of the underlying information.