New features in the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1
update are leaking all over the place
, and the latest is a new Notification Center that will be renamed “Action Center” that looks to tidy up some aspects of the user experience.
Windows Phone Central nabbed a screenshot (originally found by Winphollowers) of one page of a slide deck that came from an internal Microsoft
email and also confirmed its validity. The slide shows two screens of the Action Center and some brief but descriptive text.
Action Center serves as a clearinghouse for your notifications (with a handy “Clear All” option) and will let you enable/disable WiFi, Bluetooth, Driving Mode, or Airplane Mode connections quickly. There’s also a battery life icon and an All Settings option through which you can configure all the aforementioned items.
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The slide states that apps can intelligently manage their notifications--that is, add, delete, and update notifications silently, so they don’t interrupt your primary experience, but you can still view them in Action Center.
Microsoft’s annual BUILD
conference is happening on April 2-4th, and it’s likely that’s the date when the company will officially debut Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update 1.