Microsoft says they “ran out of time” to implement a notification center for Windows Phone 8

Live tiles are great, but they can leave a lot to be desired when it comes to notifications. For the apps that you pin to Start it’s not really a problem. Let’s say you miss a toast notification, and it doesn’t leave a notification on the lockscreen, and you don’t have it pinned to Start. You have no idea the notification ever happened, and there is no where to find it again unless you happen to open the corresponding app. This is a problem.

Windows Phone users have been asking for a notification center to solve this problem. One central location to see a history of all notifications. Microsoft is aware of this request, but apparently they ran out of time to implement it in Windows Phone 8 at launch. At BUILD Microsoft’s Thomas Fennel was asked about the missing notification center and responded:

“Because we ran out of time. It’s very very important to me… we get tons of feedback from developers that they want something like that as well. I promise we’re thinking very very hard on that one.”

Maybe it will come in an OTA update? We hope so!

[via The Verge]

  • Swipe to left opens a panel like in Windows 8, this panel has all the notifications. Solved. Do it, Microsoft.

  • Kunal

    Google took years for making Android stable, but still Android OS is unstable and unsecure. Give couple of months to Microsoft

  • Sondre Krumsvik

    It might be a tad unstable (my experience), but android offers a lot of things WP misses. Notification center, the ability to take screenshots, sync without software (zune, iTunes), the video player on WP is bad (if you have an android device: try MX player, it is the greatest), shortcuts from settings, but WP is a lot more stable and smoother than android (no contest).

  • Agreed. WP just had it’s 2nd birthday and look how far it has come. They still have work to do, but I agree it’s much more stable than Android. The lacking features will come with time.

  • I think it says something when the only thing you can say that’s supremely lacking is a unified notification system. That’s something iOS didn’t have until its 4th or 5th revision.

  • I would love to have a Notification Center on WIn8 too. I have been just casually doing things at the desk when I see a toast disappear and think “wait, what the hell was that for?” and had to go digging just to find out it was a spammy email.

  • JSYOUNG571

    Excuses! Excuses! Excuses! It just never seems to end with Microsoft.