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Microsoft reportedly prepping notification center for Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft is reportedly preparing a notification center as part of a big update for Windows Phone 8.1, according to a report in Winpholloers.

The company is responding to consumer requests for a notification center that would allow users to customize their app notifications, much like they can in Apple’s iOS.

The information reportedly came from an internal Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, and Winphollers posted screenshots from it. The Verge also reports that it has confirmed the screenshots are genuine. Microsoft is expected to call the feature Action Center.

You can activate the center when you take a short swipe from the top of the screen. It displays the date, battery level percentage, and shortcuts to other settings. You can then go into Action Center and decide which apps are allowed to send you notifications and in what way.

The update will also have different ways to handle volume controls, with separate controls for ringer, notifications and media, and apps. Microsoft is also expected to use its Cortana personal assistant in Windows Phone 8.1. It is expected to be revealed at the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco in April.


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