Microsoft ‘ran out of time’ with Windows Phone 8 notifications

Microsoft has revealed that it “ran out of time” when it came to sorting out notifications in Windows Phone 8.

Microsoft’s Thomas Fennel was asked by an audience member at the Build conference (as reported by The Verge) about the lack of a proper notification center on the new Windows Phone 8 mobile OS. “Because we ran out of time,” was his response.

“It’s very very important to me,” he continued, “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.”

When you receive a new notification on a Windows Phone 8 device like the Nokia Lumia 920 or the HTC Windows Phone 8X, a small notification will appear at the top of the screen before disappearing completely. There’s no way to call that facility back up.

Microsoft has up to now asserted that its Live Tiles provide notifications for the Windows Phone 8 OS. These uniform widgets update in real time, showing you incoming emails, calendar entries and the like.

However, if you don’t have a Live Tile set up for the source of that notification, you could miss it altogether. Microsoft appears to be acknowledging that a one-stop notification center – like both Android and iOS have on devices like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 5 – is on the cards for a future update, and indeed was intended from the very start.

Do you think the lack of a notification center is a major omission from Windows Phone 8? Or is the current system, along with Live Tiles, enough? Let us know in the comment box below, or via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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