Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 'Action Center' Shots Show Apps 'Intelligently' Manage Notifications

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News Posted: Sun, Feb 9 2014 10:49 AM
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.

Windows Phone 8.1 Action Center
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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.
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Dave_HH replied on Sun, Feb 9 2014 2:12 PM

I like the looks of that control ribbon, actually.

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Marco C replied on Sun, Feb 9 2014 4:15 PM

I hope this comes sooner rather than later. I've been carrying a Windows Phone for the last couple of weeks and the notification scheme is definitely lacking versus Android.

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