| | 11-28-2012, 02:57 PM #1
Just sharing my idea... I saw some arguments about how Live Tiles solve the need for a notification center, and adding a notification center will detract from their use. So I wanted to share my concept that caters to both.
Swipe left from the start screen to get to the notification center.
This is the most intuitive and obvious approach. I saw people complaining that in iOS, for example, you don't have to leave your app and that's how it should be. This is pointless because if the notification center is going to cover the ENTIRE SCREEN regardless, why does it matter if it's in a separate window? Given this, and the fact that the "back button" allows one-press access to whatever you were previously in, a separate window approach fits the Windows Phone OS just fine.
Keeping the concept of Live Tiles
The notification center is missing in the first place because Live Tiles technically replace the need for it. So here's an idea that will not take away from the purpose of the tiles.
When you swipe left, the screen should resemble the start menu with nothing but "medium-sized" tiles. That means 2 tiles per row. The tiles should be ordered according to when the notifications arrive. The tiles should be represented with the Live-Tile functionality they would have on the start screen, thus giving developers further incentive to make use Live Tiles as much as they can. This will give all Live Tiles a chance to be displayed, regardless if they are pinned to your start screen or not. This helps the discoverability of tiles; The user might see a Live Tile performing its functions and decide that it's a useful tile that they want pinned to the start screen. Users should also be allowed to block apps from appearing in the notification center. (Maybe the live tile for the app on the start screen is sufficient; also allows the notification center to be configured as a place for urgent notifications based on user preference)
Inside of the Notification Tiles
Clicking on one of the Live Tiles in the notification center will simply display the list of notifications associated with the app. Notifications could possibly auto-delete in a specified number of day, and allow manual deletion.
I think this concept solves the problem of a missing notification center without taking away the importance of Live Tiles. It gives you access to Live Tiles that you do not want cluttering your start screen. It also gives you access to Live Tile information that normally would not be seen if you have the tile set to the smallest size.
The start screen is the main hub for everything. This concept essentially: gets rid of the apps on your start screen without notifications, adds the apps missing from your start screen with notifications, and organizes it chronologically giving every app a chance to show off it's live tile functionality.
Please share your thoughts if desired.