Actionable notifications and split-screen multitasking coming soon to Windows Phone, tip insiders

Windows Phone is primed for some big changes in the way it handles notifications and multitasking, if a new insider report is to be believed. It is not clear yet whether the rumored split-screen multitasking and actionable notifications, will make their way in Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 that is already popping up for developer preview, or in WP 9, which is scheduled for preview early next year. 

Windows Phone 9 is also dubbed Windows Phone Threshold, as it will merge Microsoft's mobile OS with Win RT as an SKU subset of Windows Threshold, sharing kernels. With that said, the split-screen multitasking might be introduced in January-February of next year, when developers are primed to get first dibs on WP9, and you'll be able to snap two windows side by side, just like in Windows 8.1, but on your phone. This feature, however, would be screen size-dependent, advised the source, so phones with teeny displays wouldn't be able to take advantage of the goods. That's not much different from, say, Samsung's Multi-window, or LG's Dual Windows modes, as the companies don't include those on their handsets with smaller screens, too. Here's what the tipster had to say about those upcoming actionable notifications and dual window multitasking in Windows Phone:


All in all, Windows Phone is getting more and more open, and prone to changes in regards to flexibility. Now the only thing left is that those Live Tiles on the homescreen serve as interactive widgets, and we can peg the WP transition as complete. Naturally, we are also rather curious wat handsets will come out of Microsoft, now that it owns Nokia's smartphone business hook, line and sinker, and can invest as much as it likes in the ecosystem, reaping the potential benefits all by itself.

source: NPU via Softpedia

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43 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Seems like L1520 has a bright future.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Cool. Bring it on with additional surprises.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Ofcourse now LiveItUpUnderaRock will come and say how android copied all these in advance and introduced it before WP could. and remind us how google is the biggest thief who stole their revolutionary 3 dots menu which the entire mankind is dependent on.

4. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Try to troll harder next time..... Liveitup and other fanboys never cry like u android fanboys do Yes, I say that android copied flat ui design and 3 dot menu, but ur argument about copying in advance is a complete troll..... Ps. Ima lover of all 3 oses

6. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Don't mind him, he is angry because his company recently got sued by microsoft .

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

'his company' ? You do realize I am not Boo-Keun Yoon.

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Ever heard of sarcasm ?! Let me break down for your incompetent mind: I said that because WP fanboys claim Android copies everything from WP and WP is the only sacred OS with originality. So since they don't see anything wrong with WP they'll probably find a reason to blame this on android as well by giving some ludicrous explanation one of which I sarcastically demonstrated. Get it, smartass ?

11. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Wp fanboys never said android that android have copied wp..... I know that was sarcasm, but sarcasm=troll here on pa........ U were trolling every iOS and Wp articles, some had to stop u and shut u up!!sorry about that if u minded Let me remind u that trollers like u are the one who have incompetent mind:P

24. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

lol....who made the rule sarcasm=troll. Dont create your own rules and accuse others of breaching it. Also, if you knew it was sarcasm them you wouldn't write 'ur argument about copying in advance is a complete troll' Also, I can give you link to atleast 10 articles right now showing how they claim android copy them. so STFU

33. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Oh really? Tell me more:-P As I said sarcasm=troll here on pa, my statement is completely valid.ur argument was a sarcasm so it was a troll U used sarcasm to troll so it was a troll dumbo

34. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

lol....So you created your own rules and now you are accusing me of it ?! Seems legit. Go home kiddo. Your argument holds no water.

38. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

The point is, u use sarcasm to troll....admit it....lol ....ur such a pain Plz I request u to not troll any more wp and iPhone articles. That's it.

41. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

"Wp fanboys never said android that android have copied wp....." Sorry to burst your bubble, but they do. The same can be said about Android and Apple fanboys accusing each platform of copying from their favourite platforms.

12. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Yes, we know sarcasm - it's really not such a difficult concept... Your comment was more whiny than sarcastic, though, but regardless of that, the responses to your post did not question your sarcasm; they simply commented your obvious bitterness and put into context your issues with WP fans. Using words like "incompetent" and "smartass" only serves to lessen the weight of your own words, and ultimately brands you as someone to disregard; is this really what you want...?

15. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

That was some impressive use of word there......and thanks for that.....I think we should leave him alone in his own world

25. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Firstly, I didn't accuse you of not being able to understand the sarcasm so I don't owe you an explanation. Secondly, if those words lessen the weight then why not words like 'troll' and 'crying fanboys' don't ? Don't be bias just because I said something which you don't like.

18. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

You know what to do with that big fat mouth.........troll troll troooll troll troll t-t-troll troll.

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

LOLOLOL BTW fakeitup is a better name :D

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I think you made a spelling error when typing 'fake'. I know you meant some other similar sounding word ;)

13. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Lol....oh yes he meant some other similar sounding word=)

19. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Still better than an 8 year old kid with some wrestlers photo.

23. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

And you do your typical thing and troll wp articles and start flame wars. It's pathetic dude, maybe time to grow up

27. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

lmao +1 He has been debunked at every post.

7. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yea but when will the updates come? I waited 20 months to get 8.1 on my Lumia. What will the case for the 2014 and 2015 Lumia flagships be? How long will they have to wait for the big update. Not to mention will the 2014 Flagships like 930 and 1520 even get a big update? Or just small GDR updates until MS decides to use WP9 as an excuse to force its own fans to pay even more.

16. colinkiama

Posts: 60; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

The flagship devices get the updates first as soon as they start rolling out. Almost every Lumia has cyan before summer has ended.

21. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Indeed...

39. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

In those 20 months, you received several OS updates from Microsoft and Firmware updates from Nokia and continued software support from the Nokia applications. Also, you could have taken advantage of the free Developer Preview if you really wanted 8.1 that bad. Finally, 20 months is a long time in the smartphone world. Your 920 is still getting OS and Firmware updates and can still run the latest apps and games beyond hardware specific functions. WHAT are you complaining about. All that I mentioned above shows that your 920 has had the best 20 month run of free and current OS updates and you have not had to "pay even more". You sound all around negative about your past and current situation with your 920 and all gloom and doom with the future of your 920 and you don't know what Microsoft has planned. Nokia and Microsoft have provided stellar software support for their Windows 8 devices and just knowing that your 920 can have the latest and greatest Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 WITHOUT any missing features says a lot about the support that you are complaining about. I have Android and iOS devices that will never get the latest version of their OS and if they do, key features are cut out. Siri not being on the iPhone 4....don't get me started...being forced to pay even more...ha, I can tell you some stories of where my phones hardware was capable and the OEM said a flatout NO for updates. That has not happened to you with your Lumia 920 and Windows Phone.

14. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

"I waited 20 months to get 8.1 on my Lumia" Really? It was announced in April and released over the summer... Do you mean 2 months, perchance?

22. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Windows Phone 8 came out 20 months before 8.1. MS promised a notification center was coming in the first Windows Phone 8 update, action center came in 8.1, that update took 20 months to come from 8.

28. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Define windows update. Because i never saw them promise a notification center in the GDR releases, but i could very well be hugely wrong. Since .1 is a OS update, i would say not bad personally. And the fact that phone can even update to .1 is great. There is still gb phones that cant update to 4.0

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