Leaked documents detail how Action Center will work in Windows Phone 8.1

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With all the attention on Cortana the last few weeks we have forgotten about the other highly anticipated feature: Action Center. The Action Center will be Microsoft’s hub for all notifications on your Windows Phone device. Live tiles work great as long as you actually have every app you care about pinned. Otherwise you will miss stuff. This has been a common complaint among Windows Phone users.

The Action Center has been leaked in the past, but today a few documents from the SDK preview have been leaked. These documents reveal a few more details about how the Action Center will work for consumers and developers. Let’s take a look at some of the details.

  • Each app will be able to show up to 20 notifications.
  • Notifications can be persistent for up to 7 days.
  • Users can tap a notification or remove one, a group, or all.
  • Action Center is only available on phones. 

Developers can decide how they want their notifications to be interacted with.

  • Remove one or many notifications.
  • Group notifications together.
  • Replace an old notification with a new one.
  • Set an expiration on notifications.
  • Send “Ghost Toasts” that only show up in the Action Center.

So what do you guys think about these features? It sounds like the Action Center will work well and give developers a lot of choices. This should make for some great notifications. The time of missed toast notifications will soon be over.

[via Roman L]


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