Microsoft is currently undergoing a project to update the Windows Phone 8 to the 8.1 version. A confidential mail sent around Microsoft has been leaked which show a number of features of the new OS. One of these much needed features in the 8 version was that it had no notification center to customize and control the app notifications. The leaked photos show a new notification center and it has been confirmed from many sources that these indeed are genuine pics. It’s about time isn’t it?
The image of the notification center for 8.1 shows us that there is the ability to enable/disable connections as asked by the users. They include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane mood and Travel mode. These modes are also configurable by the user. The center is very detailed and customizable in every aspect. On the left side of the notification center, you can see that an option to clear all has been inserted which can be used to clear all of the contents of the notification cell. On the right side of the notification center, a tab for Access All Settings has been added to configure the quick access tasks which are given above.
Users swipe down for the quick actions and can do so again for the notifications. If you scroll further down the notification center a full action center is displayed. The second leaked screenshot of the new OS shows that how toasts and notifications from apps are collected in the full version of the action center and how they can be edited and even deleted from the center itself. These updates were cried out for and were very much needed because it caused tiny hindrances which irked the Windows Phone users which still hasn’t reached its full potential.
The previous battery indicator was also rubbished by the users, so in another screenshot, a new battery percentage icon is shown below the battery icon and thus another minor problem has been dealt with by Microsoft. A slide deck also mentions how the apps can now intelligently manage notifications and silently deal with the update and delay alerts. The “ghost notifications” which a user won’t be actively alerted of will hide most of the unwanted activity from the notification center. These updates were very necessary to be done because as Android and iOS platforms take lead in the smartphone market, it is pertinent for Windows being at the same par for competing.