View Poll Results: Do you think Microsoft will eventually add a Notification Center?
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Yes, they will.
No, they won't.
They will do something new and different so they don't undermine the Tiles
- 12-11-2012, 09:33 AM #1
I know a lot of people aren't going to like this, but...... I don't think Microsoft will ever give WP users a notification center, simply because it makes Live Tiles seem rather useless in comparison.
Microsoft has been really banking on Live Tiles as being what makes Windows Phone unique and if they were to suddenly add a Notification Center, people would start to stop looking at their Tiles and instead swipe down from the top of the screen like they do with the other platforms and those big tiles would start looking like well...a big waste of space.
The only way for Microsoft to get out of this branding conundrum is to innovate and create something as unique as Live Tiles which performs the same function as a Notification Center without making it surpass the so-called "glance and go" Microsoft touts with their Live Tiles.
- 12-11-2012, 09:39 AM #3
+1000 A notification center has never been an issue to me, and I have used all 3 OS. I actually found it annoying on iOS and android, especially if I didn't check it for a while and had to scroll thru pages of notifications. On WP7/8 I can see at a glance if i have a new message, email, missed call, whatever on my lockscreen, and a quick tap of the appropriate tile gives me the info I need.
12-11-2012, 09:43 AM #4
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I get what your saying, but having an Apps live tile also show you a history of its notifications may not be the most efficient way of tracking notifications. That scenario would work if you have one or two apps pinned that receive notifications, but if you have a few of such Apps, then it becomes a chore to go into each live tile and see the notifications. One place for all missed notification is much easier and convenient for the user. Maybe they have a better idea, which I would totally 100% support, but it has to make sense and make it easy for the user. The concept should not just be different for the sake of being different.
- 12-11-2012, 09:45 AM #6
Live tiles aren't just about notifications, though. I don't use my Groupon, Failbook, Weather, People, Alarms, Calendar, Urban Dictionary, Music, or Pictures tile for notifications at all. They're used for deeper information than just another. Even the WPCentral on its flip side gives deep information. A notification center and live tiles can easily coexist. In fact, I think a notification center would push developers to make better live tiles.
- 12-11-2012, 09:58 AM #7
I mean if you look at the Windows Phone 8 UI it pretty much already looks like one big notification center except it has a flaw where if you don't put all the tiles you need on your homescreen you lose those notifications.
- 12-11-2012, 10:10 AM #8
Your poll doesn't match your subject question. :)
Yes, I believe that adding a notification center will undermine live tiles to a certain degree. At least... the way I use live tiles it will. But I don't think that's going to stop Microsoft from putting in some sort of a notification center, whether that's a swipe-in-from-the-top-or-side kinda thing, a notification center app which has a live tile all it's own, or something else entirely. It's documented that Microsoft said they were going to put one in but ran out of time; the fact there wasn't one in WP7 is irrelevant given that WP8 and WP7 are different OS's (albeit they have similar UIs and the ability to run the same apps. Mostly. Heh.)
- 12-11-2012, 10:16 AM #9
YES! Another Notification Center thread! If I respond to one more I win a kewpie doll! Quick, somebody start another one. :)
For some reason I never, ever use the iOS one, but I use the **** out of the Android one. Weird, eh? Anyway, I hate getting a bunch of ESPN toasts then not having anywhere to go to figure out what it was for.... Maybe I follow too many teams. Haha.
- 12-11-2012, 10:17 AM #10
I have a feeling that Microsoft is going to pull a Meego and have notifications appear when you swipe to the left, which Meego called "Events view" as you can see in this video.
- 12-11-2012, 10:19 AM #11
- 12-11-2012, 10:28 AM #12
I read most of the posts in here concerning a notification center, and I have not seen anything definitive indicating that a notification center is on the way. All I have read is that MS ran out of time, and they were giving it some serious consideration. If someone has seen something definitive from MS that a notiification center was going to be included in some future update, could they post it here? That would be much appreciated. Until then it's just a rumor.
- 12-11-2012, 10:34 AM #14
I don't think a notification center would undermine live tiles... but I have never felt the need for live tiles. Up until yesterday I also carried an Android phone and I would just constantly clear the notification bar because my OCD side got annoyed if there is any notification. I don't have an iPhone, but on my iPad I never use the notification drop down.
I am indifferent, and understand that its useful to some people, I just hope it isnt ugly.
- 12-11-2012, 10:39 AM #21
Some might argue that's a developer error. Then I might ask, what if my ESPN tile had a little "3" in the corner, and it flipped to give me a summary of the last toast received? How does that help me with the other 2 I missed? A notification list in the app itself? Then why not an aggregate of all notifications the phone gets, aka a notification center?
- 12-11-2012, 10:46 AM #22
I only use the Nokia app to pin individual teams to my home screen, mainly because it looks cool. The toasts I have setup are using the standard ESPN Scorecenter app. They don't go anywhere. If I miss one I can launch the ESPN app and then find the list of my teams and see what's going on, but it would be much easier and a lot quicker to swipe into a Notification Center and see them there.
Somewhat unrelated is there are no custom toast sounds. The thing that was sweet about the iOS score center app was for their toasts, it would play the ESPN jingle when one came in. Just a cool feature.
- 12-11-2012, 10:47 AM #23
No, end of discussion. The omission of a Notification Center is a design flaw that must be addressed.
What's the point of debating this? In a year (hopefully) when WP has a properly implemented Notification center nobody will ever say "do we need this?". If you don't want to use it, don't use it. But I guarantee you that everybody will use it.
And Microsoft has already confirmed that they are working on it, so all we can do now is wait (and then wait some more).
- 12-11-2012, 10:50 AM #24
Microsoft admits it 'ran out of time' on Windows Phone 8 notification center | The Verge), they admit to running out of time and state that they've gotten a lot of requests and are thinking strongly on the issue. But nothing actually definite.
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