I have yet to try this myself, but I have every intention to do so on my XP desktop at the office, where having this kind of head-up-display would be remarkably useful. If you’ve seen my thoughts on Windows Phone 7 you’ll know that I really like the layout and the display, and I think that the changes that Microsoft is planning for the mobile OS look really impressive (even if it won’t have multi-tasking or copy/paste.) But to that end, it’s pretty interesting to be able to make my Windows desktop look and feel like Windows Phone 7, complete with the “tiles” that the new design highlight.
To do this, you’ll need an app called Omnimo UI, a mod for Rainmeter – a popular app used to tweak and customize the UI of your Windows desktop. Lifehacker has a step-by-step how-to on setting it up, from installing Omnimo UI to customizing it and setting up the tiles that will live and update on your desktop.