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  1. Blake Seaman's Avatar
    One of the biggest new features of WP8.1 that I see everyone touting is the notification center; however, I have to confess that the only way I have ever used it is the quick-access buttons at the top. I don't use any social media, which may help with this, but even when I used an iPhone I never found myself using the notification center. In fact when I moved to WP8, the live tiles were more than enough to fulfill those needs of mine. Even for the access buttons, I thought (pre dev release) it would be cool to pin a setting to the Start Menu in the form of a tile, and activate it simply by pressing; without having to go into the actual setting menu like the 3rd party apps had you do. And even if I used social media, I figure the people hub integration would fulfill that for me anyway. So how extensively do y'all actually use it, and why is it more useful than the live tiles? Is there any advantage to it I might ought to try?
    06-29-2014 09:38 PM
  2. Anudeep Reddy's Avatar
    I for one cannot live without the new Notification Center. It's awesome!!
    06-29-2014 09:40 PM
  3. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I use it for my RSS app notifications (NewsSpot), and for Tapatalk notifications.
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    06-29-2014 09:40 PM
  4. metalchick719's Avatar
    I like to occasionally view it.
    06-29-2014 09:41 PM
  5. multo's Avatar
    I prefer to keep my home screen uncluttered and in a single page. I've grouped a couple of apps in a folder as well. With this the notification center becomes important for me so I can just swipe down and see if I've missed anything
    06-29-2014 09:51 PM
  6. k0de's Avatar
    I for one cannot live without the new Notification Center. It's awesome!!
    Same here I use it numerous of times daily. And mind you it is just a skeleton wait until MSFT put some meat to it.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    06-29-2014 09:59 PM
  7. osoalex's Avatar
    I find it really useful for when I miss banner notifications and for unpinned applications.
    06-29-2014 10:00 PM
  8. spaulagain's Avatar
    Hell yes, probably second most used feature now.
    06-29-2014 10:10 PM
  9. Mercule's Avatar
    All the bloody time. Live tiles don't do quite the same thing. Both are awesome.
    osoalex and jmshub like this.
    06-29-2014 10:15 PM
  10. Rayyan Hussain's Avatar
    Live tiles cant do everything. And some of us cant stand a clogged start screen
    06-29-2014 10:25 PM
  11. Alexis-1991's Avatar
    I use it to turn on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and location daily. It's pretty useful to have rotation lock up there when I'm browsing the web and I want to change the view without going to the settings.
    jfa1 and Genghis7777 like this.
    06-29-2014 10:27 PM
  12. lizziej's Avatar
    I use it all the time. WiFi n Bluetooth, rotation lock n quiet hours along the top. Live tiles are great of you only have one email/message waiting but for multiple messages the notification center is super quick and easy.
    Musaib124 likes this.
    06-29-2014 10:35 PM
  13. Guytronic's Avatar
    Does anyone actually use the notifications center?
    Yes...
    Skype
    Outlook
    Calendar
    App catalog updates

    I really didn't care much when reading about this coming in "ate one"...
    Now it's an hourly tap on the shoulder.
    Love the banners.
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    06-29-2014 10:36 PM
  14. Villain's Avatar
    All the time. Truthfully I couldn't go back to not having it. For someone who receives a lot of messages/notifications... The quick slide down and glance is the best thing that happened to the OS
    osoalex, ajst222, vish2801 and 1 others like this.
    06-29-2014 10:38 PM
  15. Ed Boland's Avatar
    Use it every day! I'll hear a text or call when my phone is in my pocket.. Can't always get to it. Just pull out my phone real quick, power button and swipe down to see all I missed in one place! I for one needed this badly...
    06-29-2014 11:05 PM
  16. osoalex's Avatar
    All the time. Truthfully I couldn't go back to not having it. For someone who receives a lot of messages/notifications... The quick slide down and glance is the best thing that happened to the OS
    Totally agree. I think it's a great addition to the WP philosophy of glanceable information.
    06-29-2014 11:07 PM
  17. Zulfigar's Avatar
    I use it daily to see what kind of stories I've missed before opening the WPCentral app. :P
    06-29-2014 11:10 PM
  18. sahib lopez's Avatar
    I actually don't use it I mean its cool that its there but I don't really use it because I prefer using the tiles :D
    06-29-2014 11:20 PM
  19. Kram Sacul's Avatar
    One of the biggest new features of WP8.1 that I see everyone touting is the notification center; however, I have to confess that the only way I have ever used it is the quick-access buttons at the top.
    That's how I use it as well. Quick actions really makes things much easier. I never had a problem with using the glance screen, lock screen, and live tiles so the notification part of the action center just seems redundant.
    06-30-2014 02:06 AM
  20. ajst222's Avatar
    I couldn't not use the notification center
    06-30-2014 07:27 AM
  21. loofmodnar's Avatar
    Put me in the all the time camp. Quick settings are super helpful.
    06-30-2014 08:30 AM
  22. Lance_WPCentral's Avatar
    The notification center is the heart of he OS for me. I use it everytime I turn my phone on. Its one hell of a feature added into WP8.1. :)
    06-30-2014 09:27 AM
  23. a5cent's Avatar
    I understand using it for missed toast notifications or apps that aren't pinned. For those two purposes it is a clunky solution however. Rather than streamlining it for those two real issues, it was instead designed to appease those who can't leave behind Android/iOS habits.

    Screwing up live tiles by using folders, and then relying on the notification centre to make up for no more than half of the lost functionality, is one example.

    It's a think-inside-the-box half baked solution to WP's actual notification issues.

    The quick access toggles are great though. That I think everyone agrees on. ;-)
    06-30-2014 09:44 AM
  24. Jcmg62's Avatar
    I use it every time I use the phone.....it's the first thing I look at when I pick my phone up (which, I must confess, is a helluva lot.....I'm addicted to my phone)

    Notification centre and cortana are pretty much the only 8.1 changes worth discussing.....the rest is all....meh....
    06-30-2014 10:23 AM
  25. roni09riku's Avatar
    I usually swipe it halfway to take a peek at the battery and check for notifications I may have missed. But I mostly use it to toggle wifi and bluetooth. It's pretty useful.

    Yes, I could use Live Tiles for the wifi and bluetooth. But with the notification center, I only need to tap it once. When I arrive home, I simply tap the wifi and it automatically connects to my router. I used to have a Live tile for that but it only brings me to the wifi menu, so I still have to tap the slider to toggle it. Same goes with bluetooth, I use that for my headset.
    orwae52 likes this.
    06-30-2014 10:30 AM
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