Microsoft thinking "very hard" on creating a Windows Phone 8 notification center

Microsoft thinking
Asked about the lack of a notification center in Windows Phone at the BUILD developers conference, Microsoft's program manager Thomas Fennel, directly said that they didn't have enough time to implement the rumored Notification Center in the WP8 RTM release.

Granted, the Live Tiles now show notifications for missed calls, messages and so on, but there is no unified central place approach for those apps who don't have a tile out, for instance, so we are pretty curious what Microsoft is cooking, and whether the graphics solution will be more unorthodox.

Thomas Fennel's exact words were: "Because we ran out of time. It’s very very important to me… we get tons of feedback from developers that they want something like that as well. I promise we’re thinking very very hard on that one." Goody.

source: TheVerge



1. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

swipe left to notification center. and put a live tile for quick settings

2. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

also, they should fix the wifi issue when you put the display off. How would you receive notifications on the internet if you're connected to wifi only, and it's turned off every time you put the phone to sleep. They should leave it on given that it's not that power hungry.

8. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

back in wp7.5 we all had one issue unable to modify wifi IP settings total DHCP is it still in wp8 or they at-lest added both options ?

28. sarahenry

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

Fully agree. This display off and wifi off is the only feature which is stopping me from getting a window phone. So happy with Android till then

4. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Good idea, but I think they can do it in windows 8 style, for example, swipe from below,...

12. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

i think, it would be a problem because there's no bar below the screen unlike on top(status bar). It would just make the home screen scroll downward i guess? They should use the left side, but the problem in that is, it would be quickly accessible when you're on the application lists on the right most side of WP8. how about pinch-to-zoom on the homescreen/applists to view notification center or even hold search button, there's so many ways to create it really. :D

13. MeoCao unregistered

I told you so, live tiles are no match against notification center, and WP fanboys call me hater. It's good that MS realise their weakness, but I still think MS is very ineffective company and people will have to wait very long until MS can come up with an upgrade. And competitors do not stand still.

26. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

you're a hater, saying MS as ineffective company. How could be ineffective? If it's one of the biggest company in the world, serving 90% of the computing world with OS? You could just simply say that MS could improve the OS, but saying it's an ineffective company makes you a heyter~ :)) Besides, the newest WP os is still young. More room for improvements dude. :)

29. MeoCao unregistered

An effective company will not take so long to introduce an incomplete product as WP8. An effective company will not get it wrong every time with its mobile strategy. MS used to be a great company but years of monopoly have corrupted it. call me whatever you like but it does not change the fact that Live tiles concept is a gimmick and WP8 will fail just like Windows mobile and WP7 before it.

32. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

Live Tiles are as much as gimmick as widgets on Android. Well, I don't think either of them are. I've used both OSes pretty extensively and found that Live Tiles can actually be helpful, maybe not AS much as certain widgets, but they're definitely not a gimmick. I hate how everyone tries to bash MS for trying a new thing. It's really pathetic.

37. MeoCao unregistered

Widgets and live tiles can be useful when applied to limited number of apps and customizability is good, that's Android approach, and in Android there is the notification center that complements the deficiency of widgets. There's no notification center in WP8 and too many live tiles with very limited customizability. I agree that risk should be encouraged, but for a big company like MS this is very bad job and this is not the 1st time they fail to deliver. MS does not deserve our support.

36. ghost7787

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

your assumption that it will fail definitely makes you a hater.

39. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

MeoCao- surely you are not comparing the Android of Jelly Bean to the Eclair of old? Or iOS 1st gen to iOS of the iPhone 5? WP now two years old (November 2010). How is it sitting still? The kicked Windows Mobile to the curb and started over fresh just to compete. Your argument is weak. 2 Years from now, it might hold merit if WP still is behind. But they are playing catch up on the run. It is tougher then doing it as the smartphone market exploded like Android and iOS did. MS knows it's position. They are improving- this article shows that they realize they have a ways to go.

40. MeoCao unregistered

You are playing word game mate, if you call WP8 say Microsoft Phone 1 will it have different age than 2 years? MS is not newcomer in mobile and they have much more experience than both Google and Apple but they fail time after time and bring nothing new to the industry. Can we ask why? The answer is very simple: MS has become a follower not a leader and they are a poor follower in fact.

44. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Hey, you're obviously are a hater. Why do you need a "perfect OS" right away? When both, Apple and Google always know that there's too many things needed to be improved on their OSes? Nothing is perfect. Even if we chase for it. What's the use of updates? New iterations? If they gave it all away. Also, I don't see why MS made it wrong this time. There's a lot of changes from WP7.5 to WP8 than gingerbread to honeycomb/ics, than iOS 3 to iOS 4. It shows how much they love to catch up, yes they're experienced but this industry is a whole lot different that even nokia is playing catch up. MS as a follower, yes. Because, you can't be a leader overnight just by bringing a new OS. You can't get 50% of the market right away, and everyone knows that. Did you think android did it overnight? NO!

15. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Sounds good. Couldnt they just have a big Live Tile, like that clock one I see in the article with notifications? Click on it and go to notifications? I never used a WP for an extended period of time, just some hands on for how it feels and whatnot. When you swipe now, what does it go to?

19. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

good, this should be the first OTA update

25. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

There may be a patent issue (as in Google may have been issued a patent on their application that was published last year). MS wouldn't want Google to get leverage over it in the negotiations over Moto infringing on MS patents....

34. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

they need a notification where it can be accesed from anywhere and not only from the homescreen..

3. Aeires unregistered

Isn't a live tile a notification?

5. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

If app doesn't support live t. - you don't have notification

9. Aeires unregistered

Sounds like a developer problem, not MS'.

7. wendygarett unregistered

true but what he meant is 'notification center', which is all information is gathered into one place like android "notification bar"... I'm truly appreciate the windows' homework, but i personally think, a phone without a notification center is not a deal breaker actually :)

10. Aeires unregistered

Aren't live tiles centrally located, like on your home screen? How is it any different than having a pull down area that you scroll through compared to having them all on your home screen The only thing I can see that's a benefit is you wouldn't need a tile for certain apps, but if you get a lot of notification from that app, why wouldn't you make it a tile?

14. wendygarett unregistered

That notification is according to ios lol... The only gathered notification that Windows have is on the lock screen lol

11. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

please read the article. :) It says that "Granted, the Live Tiles now show notifications for missed calls, messages and so on, but there is no unified central place approach for those apps who don't have a tile out, for instance, so we are pretty curious what Microsoft is cooking, and whether the graphics solution will be more unorthodox."

17. Aeires unregistered

I did read the article, the whole things sounds redundant. For over a year people have been saying tiles rock because the notifications are instant. Now they want a notifications area. SMH If an app doesn't support a tile, the developer should adjust for that, not the OS.

21. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

android have widgets that could show notifications too, isn't it redundant having a notification tray? No. Live tiles are cool for there's an instant look for what are new on those apps, but see, people want more. I too, love live tiles but somehow, isn't it exhausting looking for every tile just for notifications? If there's only a way to gather all those notifications in one place, wait, there is, notification center! there are ways to implement a notification center, either another extra large, interactive live tile where you could scroll the live tile for notifications. Android had widgets which acts like live tile, don't they? :)

23. Aeires unregistered

MS chose to go with tiles instead of widgets because they felt live tiles, or notifications, was easy and quick to receive information. WPhans have confirmed that countless times, tiles are quick and easy. If they start adding additional notifications, it starts to get complicated which defeats the purpose of having tiles be easy. Android is not WP. Not everyone uses widgets, and Android widgets perform duties slightly different. Just because things work a certain way in one OS doesn't mean they are needed in a different OS.

43. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

ahm, again, i said that at least there's a quick access to all of the notifications. I don't get why we argue about this. True, live tiles do have quick access to notifications for each application, but also, again, isn't it exhausting when every live tile shows notification and you have to browse like 20 live tiles for each app to look for notifications? Sometimes, people just want to go on a single page to browse for collected notifications. And yes, live tile would still have its purpose if you just want to view certain notifications on a certain app.

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