Action Center in Windows Phone 8.1 will allow an app to display 20 notifications

At this rate we might not have much surprises left for Build 2014 next month in San Francisco. We’ve learned a lot about the big picture for the future of Windows Phone ever since the beta Windows Phone 8.1 SDK was leaked. Since then it’s been a steady stream of information about the upcoming update.

Earlier this week we finally got out first look at Cortana in action on video. Earlier today some more Windows Phone 8.1 information made its way onto the web. Today we’re learning a bit more about the Action Center in Windows Phone 8.1.

As you’ll recall, Action Center is going to be the upcoming notification center in Windows Phone 8.1. A few weeks ago we saw a video of an early build of the Action Center.

The Action Center will be a place where users can access and toggle 4 quick actions. You can customize which actions are shown. For example, you can put internet tethering, Wi-Fi, airplane mode and Bluetooth there to quickly turn them on and off. But you’ll mostly be loving the Action Center for all the notifications from apps that go there.

Action Center is the central location for all surface missed notifications. Thankfully apps can also intelligently manage notifications. Developers and users can control whether or not notifications are added silently, updated or deleted.

But we already knew all that. Here’s some new info about the Action Center Management APIs for developers and features for consumers like you.

Consumer features

  • 20 Notifications per app
  • Persistent notifications for 7 days (or shorter)
  • Users can “chase” (tap) a notification
  • Users can remove a notification
  • Users can remove a group of notifications
  • Users can remove all notifications
  • Action Center is only available on phones

Action Center Management APIs

  • Manage app notifications
  • Developers can remove one or many notifications
  • Developers can tag and group notifications
  • Developers can replace a notification with a new one
  • Developers can set an expiration on notifications
  • Developers can send “Ghost Toast” notifications

Action Center and Cortana are the two biggest changes coming in Windows Phone 8.1. There are of course a ton of little changes that will all add up to huge update. But if we’re looking at two headline defining features it’s going to Cortana and the Action Center.

It’s great to see Microsoft take ideas from the notification center on Android and iOS, but make them a little bit better. For example, “Ghost Toast” notifications might not seem like much, but they’re definitely a differentiating factor.

An app can send you a notification without turning your display on or alerting you if it’s not that important. An example of that would be an update about gaining a new follower or friend request on a social network. It’s something you can attend to later and don’t need to divert your attention towards right away. It’ll still show up in the Action Center, but only when you purposefully go there.

We’re very much looking forward to Build 2014 next month. Windows Phone 8.1 is going to be a big deal around here and we’re excited to see it in action. What features are you most looking forward to?

Get the scoop on all the features we know about in Windows Phone 8.1

Source: @AngelWRZ, @AngelWRZ

Sam Sabri
  • still im very very excited :D
  • cant wait any more
  • Can someone plz explain me this,if WP8.1 will be officially announced at BUILD conference on 2 April,will we also be able to get the update on the SAME day through dev preview??
  • That's the rumor, unfortunately it hasn't been confirmed. Actually, nothing about WP 8.1 has been officially confirmed.
  • Where have you been , Joe Belfiore spoke about WP8.1 at WMC.
  • And what did he say........(don't just say he spoke on it and not include what was said.......)
  • He didn't say much at all, didn't even refer to it as 8.1, didn't give a date and didn't give any details. It was a brief mention of a future update.
    That's where I've been, where were you?
  • "Action center is only available on phones" what does that mean?
  • That it will not be available in Windows 8.1 by the convergence that will come in the future.
  • It's just a reminder to the developers that Windows 8.x doesn't have an action center as of now. Obviously this will change as the OSs move closer together.
  • Maybe the emulator/simulator won't have it
  • @ iitianshenky Probably that it won't be available on tablets. I believe the notification center is available on Android tablets and phones.
  • Who cares? We're talking about windows phone at the moment
  • Ha! When you're here you're never *just* talking about WP. Everything has to be directly compared to whatever is considered to be a "feature" on other OS's.
  • Well, in the outside world, nobody knows for sure. And people who know are not allowed to tell us. But some rumors say that it will be available on the same day, others say in the same week.
  • Or the same month :)
  • If I'm lucky I'm getting wp8.1 on my 720 on April 2th 2016
  • Dev Preview.
  • I'd like to know what are the advantages and disadvantages of having dev preview. Can anybody tell me please?
  • Well, you get the software early if you are on a dev preview. But, your phone warranty gets void and also you cannot revert back to the previous software build.
  • Does your warranty become unvoided after the official release of whatever dev preview you have? I had the gdr3 dev preview before vodafone released it but made a claim on my warranty and got my phone fixed last week
  • If you reflash an older ROM on the phone with Nokia Care Suite or the retail updater they have basically no way of knowing. Wasn't an issue for me when I sent my 928 back
  • Basically yes.  Think of it more as the dev preview version isn't supported, so during that period they can deny you support, but once you update to the newer official build/ROM it's fully supported again as they really can't tell you were using the preview before.
  • PROS:
    Early updates, bypass OEM & carrier
    May void your warranty, possible not stable (although GDR3 was perfectly stable on my phone)
  • I had once read somewhere that the warranty would stay fine if you reset your phone. Is it true ?
    I really don't wanna spoil my warranty but i do want the dev preview too :-P
  • nope, you'll have to flash the official firmware with matching country version for the phone
  • How to do that ?
  • Download the firmware using NaviFirmPlus, then flash it to the phone using Nokia Software Updater for Retail
  • I'd like to see evidence that anyone was actually denied a warranty for having an official dev preview. I just don't think it's that likely to be a problem. Perhaps if it could be proven the preview was what broke the phone.  Software flashes don't even void car warranties.
  • Software flashes don't have anything to do with a car working or not; thus, they won't void a car's warranty. However, software is essential on a phone and, if hardware is OK, it is basically what makes it work. So I don't think your comparison is a good one. If you want proof, it is enough to say that before signing in the Developers Preview program, there's a disclaimer from Nokia warning you that you will void your warranty. Need anything else than the very manufacturer of your phone telling you it will void your warranty if you install the preview?
  • I just don't know if it has ever been used to deny anyone.  I had a warraty approved on a Lumia 920 with another carrier's firmware flashed to the phone.  I even told the service desk guys.  They just said it gets wiped anyway. 
  • That whole bypassing the carriers part is looking real tempting to me right now.  :-/
  • Mannn..!!! When d wait is gonna get over
  • Lol imagine how i am feeling. After drooling at the features that's been uncovered everyday its more than likely that i ll miss it. I am expecting a call from work anytime. The place where i am going doesn't have internet connectivity and i ll have to stay there for the next 4 months. MS please make an exception in my case and send a link to download via email.
  • There were some who said, that because of Live Tiles, the now named "Action Center" was not necessary.   I see it as very necessary and Windows Phone is maturing nicely.
  • Truth be told though, if developers used live tiles correctly it isn't very necessary. What is and has been necessary is a way to get to those lost toast notifications.
  • I agree live tiles are a good solution.  I think the only place they fail and the hole the Action Center fills is the lost toast notifications of apps you don't have pinned to your start screen.  Or in cases where you have more than one notification and the live tile shows a single message.
  • Interesting perspective.  I tend to agree.
  • In the screeenshot appears a Yahoo! tile. We will get Yahoo! Messenger and Yahoo! Mail?
  • That's the built-in email client with a Yahoo email account.
  • No it's not, the yahoo email tile is a little different.... At least for me it is...
  • Indeed, my bad. So maybe Yahoo will finally do something for WP.
  • That pic is from another article, the one about WP8.1 maybe getting backgrounds and 3 rows of tiles; it's a mock-up
  • The screen shot is of an app Skinery.
  • What happened WPC?? This information came out yesterday. Tomorrow you guys are going to talk about how Sony lied about Killzone running 1080p natively. This info is 2 days old.
  • Well unlike a few sites we know *Cough Cough* WPC always verifies info before posting, this is a good thing to do since your users won't constantly be getting wrong info and thus degrading their trust on your site...
  • I was under the impression that WPC put more effort into confirming stories as opposed to running to the nearest keyboard and regurgitating what other sites are putting up. Maybe I'm wrong...?
  • What a disaster! WP Central should cease to exist immediately.
  • I am exited to and can't wait for april 2nd. 1 thing I miss though. I would like to be able to decide myself how many background tasks I have open. 15 is just not enough in my case and I hate to pick which one to close
  • Bored now:|
  • Yup its like u can see a fruit on the tree u know how it would taste and and what's its mass but still cant reach and grab it...such shame...much upset....not wow
  • Whoa! Hard feelings you got there bro! :P
  • Haha Harsh man. The feels.
  • you're lonely dude, i think you need a friend.
  • You sound a scientific/technical guy, no one else says 'mass' :-P
    (i'm in science too :-P)
  • Hope this comes for windows 8.1 too.
  • As it says in the article,"Action Center is only available on phones".
  • It may come to PC's soon if RT merges with windows phone :)
  • I certainly hope so, Win8 (RT) needs this just as much as WP8. 
  • Windows Phone and Windows RT (and also Windows, becouse Windows RT and Windows and the Xbox OS are substantially the same, there are only some difference in some API, and in the interface) is already merged!
    Specially with the release of WP8.1
  • It's already available on W8.1... in desktp mode. Lower right hand corner, click on that little wavy flag icon. *BAM* 'Action Center'!    
  • Developers can set an expiration on notifications
    This is kinda weird.
  • Most useful for promotions Id expect
  • Or breaking news...a 6 hour time limit would make sense there as well.
  • Not really, I can think of one example where this can be useful. Say you have a app for discount vouchers or sales offers, which generates offer notification but offer will expire midnight. What is the point of having this notification next day morning still in action centre when it is no longer useful.
  • Waiting for 8.1 ,hope it solves the notification delay problem.
  • There is no delay in notification, even in wp8.
  • Ugh! WP8.1 this, Wp8.1 that... Gosh, I really can't wait for this update.
  • You must be talking about the 30min refresh thing that 3rd party apps are limited to.
  • That 30 min limit is on Live tile updates. Not for push notification.
  • I have notifications delay ona android mostly followed by android and then Windows phone. Mostly our watsapp notfications are better than othr operating systems. Now it will be ahead of both as we get a clean notifactions centre
  • Lol, get a better Android phone. The only good androids are flagships. Anything else is worse than a Lumia 520. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Yeah,Chinese WP user suffered from QQ and WeChat notification delay,and its one of the most concerns of Chinese WP user,
  • I need 'Daddy Was A Thief' On Wp!! :P It is such an awesome game!! :D
  • Its there I guess
  • Nope it isn't sadly.. :/ Have you played it??
  • Those tiles hurt my eyes but the noti's sound good.
  • Just trolling
  • This sounds great.
  • "Action Center is only available on phones"
    Was it expected to be available anywhere else.?
  • Windows 8.1 RT maybe?
  • WP 8.1 is changing name to Windows Phone RT 8.1
  • What i feel, Win 8 RT is already dead.
  • No it isn't. My Surface RT is still rocking! It beats my girlfriends iPad by a mile everyday. And I wonder if W8.1 update 1 will add some speed improvements to the Original Surface RT, because Microsoft stated that memory usage will be significately less with this Update. And when Windows RT is merged with Windows Phone, the platform truly will be ahead of the game. Apple and Google didn't bring revolutionary innovation to their platforms recently, whereas Microsoft is the innovator of the last years. Exciting times!
  • It adds a significant speed boost. Mark my word, I have it installed.
  • But how much Windows Phone can be merged with Windows (there is no sense to cite Windows RT and not Windows) more than it is now?
    Specially with Windows Phone 8.1 the differences are only in the interface (and a very little portion of APIs, less than how many there are now with WP8) and the Windows interface on tablet is much better then the WP interface, but is harder to use them on a smartphone.
    So the point is not to merge WP and Windows RT (that sentence doesn't make sense), but if Microsoft will extend (in the next release of WinRT framework, that is not Windows RT) this API to Windows
  • The biggest surprise would be if Microsoft showed nothing of the stuff leaked. :P
  • Hehe.. Everybody trolled!! xD LOL
  • It would be like :|
  • Upload from IE has me most excited, but it needs to include Office files!!
  • I wholeheartedly hope it will include everything. I'm irritated by everyone's focus on sharing photos, as if the entire world feeds on shared photos, ffs!
  • There will be a universal file picker. So every file format will be allowed including files which is not supported on wp.
  • Hmmm... I think you're reaching a wee-bit here.
  • Why do you say that? I just want to be able to upload my resume to sites, since people look at you funny these days if you walk in with one on paper. I use my PC as a cable box and that's about it, unless I really need to do something like AutoCAD or PhotoShop for computing is so much simpler, and with the cloud, even more so.
  • funny story, since they were reportedly working on that since WP 7 Mango, jaxbot once pointed out that there is a page that opens on file selection, but it always was empty and they never finished their work ^^
  • Seems faster!
  • Not funny at all
  • Ok, keep shaking it :/
  • tiny little bit
  • Sounds good to me!
  • Install apps on SD card, Cortana and Action center yey!!
  • I'd like to add better multitasking. Means no/less 'resuming' screen.
  • There are very few resuming screens on high end lumias. But we 520/620/720 owners do get a lot of those screens
  • That's not really true... try resuming Solitaire or Skype, or many other apps. Pretty slow.
  • I think the problem here is Skype. It's too slow.
  • Skype is too "a lot of things" to be honest with you. It really just needs to be built in so we can lose this app now.
  • I agree with you. But I'm not so optimist about this :/
  • The performance of Skype on my 8X is quite bad tbh. "Loading..." and "Resuming..." screens everytime I open the app from closed, or when it's tombstoned.
  • +925 but MOST OF ALL... I'd like a non-optional API to start apps where we left off even from the start screen. Behaviour Similar to that on Android and iPhone would be nice. Only Facebook, Instagram beta, and few others use this. It would help on action center too. When I touch a toast notification for my news feed I expect to be taken to that portion, not into the general news feed after clearing the "world notification icon" in Facebook, then having to re-touch it, then being taken to the new notification for picture, comment, etc. I know things need to change because Microsoft builds this APP!
  • Exactly what I want. Actually it is there but looks unpolished. For Example, Official twitter app'a notification will take u to that notified event if app is closed. But If it's open in background, it will take u to where u r previously left, then u have to manually go to notified tweet/event. I don't know this is twitter's bug or due to some restrictions on Windows Phone 8.
  • File manager please,
  • +620
  • +630
  • U cant see that thats ghost. Even u can hear it.
  • Use pocket file manager...
  • Yeah works great
  • Yeah really, pocket file manager is epic and does everything you'd want ! Get it !
  • Everytime I see this I ask the same question and never get an answer... Why does WP need a file manager?
  • Ugh. Dat skinned tiles. I really hope it's something more in the line of a subtle background rather than affecting tiles.
  • Vote for this site please,to make you wish come true
  • No :-/s
  • They better keep the Status Bar the same...
  • Nope.
  • That's the problem... If they'll keep the Status Bar "always on", then it'll ruin the simplicity of the OS...
  • I don't know about 'always on', just that some icons have been moved around and added.
  • No going to happen. Remember you swipe from the top to display The Action Center. You have to sacrifice simplicity for functionality sometimes.
  • Just because you swipe from the top doesn't mean that the status bar must be displayed at all times.
  • If I remember correctly, you have to swipe further (like 1/2 or 3/4 length of the screen) to bring up the notification center. Otherwise, it will bring up the status bar.
  • This i like. So want to keep the status bar as is. It is unique to WP :-)
  • Ghost toast?
  • Spooky
  • Bread from the dead.
  • So what happened to those actionable notifications that we saw (at least mocked up) a while back? Are those still in?
  • There is no mention of Actionable notifications in leaked SDK so far.
  • Disappointing. I thought that would have been an interesting feature.
  • Ughhhhhh lack of actionable notifcations is super disapointing, especailly considering it's called "Action Centre". They would have been super efficent/useful, and a one-up on iOS. WP is great but it's little disapointments like these that make MS tiresome at times. 
  • Just because it's not in the SDK doesn't mean it's there.  I'm sure there are actionable settings and they just didn't mention it since Action Centre is pretty self-explanitory.
  • I realllyyyyyyyyyyyy hope u'r right.
  • Wow, that's pretty drama queen'ish...
  • Wow very awesome
  • I'd like to see press volume button show quick setting and long press home button show notification center
  • Why not the pull down gestures?
  • Swipe left for notification center!
  • Nah.
  • Swipe left is a horrible idea. Think about it. Almost all windows phone apps use left and right swipes for navigation. It would only work from the home screen which is pointless.
  • Cause press volume button is easier for one hand use,no matter how big the screen is,and long press home button is easier for one hand use too,we don't need to trying hard to move our hands to reach the top of the screen to pull down especially for phones like Lumia 1520
  • Agree... But still, swipe left is better :P
  • You mean swipe from the left edge of the screen show notification center?I don't think that would be a good experience if the screen size is big,cause you thumb isn't easy to reach the left edge of the screen,how can you thumb easy to reach the left edge when you use a Lumia 1520 ?or even a Lumia icon or even a 925 with your right hand?
  • Only problem there is it doens't work everywhere, only from the Start screen.
  • Being able to reach all points of the screen with my thumb is one of the major reasons that I don't like huge phones and why I got the 822. So, I'll be fine.
    When you get a phone with a 5" or 6" screen, then you're basically giving up on single hand use for a lot of things.
  • IKR, people can't have it all. That's the sacrifice you make when you but a phone with >5" display. Especially with the 1520, one handed use anywhere in the OS would already be a struggle for most.
  • Doesnt make sense. You'll still have to use your phone with 2 hands on such a big screen, no matter what. Swiping from the top is good enough.
  • 4 quick actions?? Seriously?? Only 4???
    I tell u a new technology..."Marque"....ring any bell??
  • No.
  • Huh, what you talking about lol?
  • On a more serious note, I'm a little worried about all these improvements. I shouldn't be, probably, because Windows Phone is highly optimized but I can already feel gears and springs of 512 MB RAM devices straining to keep everything running smoothly. I mean, this is a huge step forward. Cortana, Action Center, new IE... Keep in mind that lower RAM devices usually have a slower CPU in tow, too. Hopefully, I'm just being oversceptical.
  • No need to be sceptical....u got 512....u are already screwed
  • Marque is a good option to read ur great. I want to have a feature like interactive notifications where we can quickly reply to watsapp msgs without opening the app. While tappong the notications we can get an option to reply. Then a qwerty keyboard will appear to let us do the chat or reply we need too.
  • I don't mind a few extra seconds my Lumia 620 takes to complete certain tasks, and games on 3,8" screens aren't that much of a pleasure anyways but I will feel screwed if Windows Phone 9 or even 8.x (x>1) fails to be compatible with 512mb devices. And yes, I know the cure for it - get a high end phone. And I will, as soon as current economy in Croatia provides me with a job opening, any job. :)
  • Now thats optimism...i like it!
  • 8.1 is compatible, you may or may not have all the features though.
    As for WP9... the whole idea is complete conjecture... a mention of 8.5 on the other hand has been reported.
  • Compatible it is, but that doesn't equal "smooth" which leads to not having all features, but I am 100% positive Microsoft optimized it perfectly so no worries. Besides, we shall see soon enough. As for future updates, of course it's conjecture, hence the "if". :)
  • Yeah, but at this point talking about WP9 is like talking about WP20.1. And if you want to talk semantics, you specifically said "fails to be compatible".
  • My apologies, English is not my native tongue and it was a long time ago since I took my last exam about the semantics of if clauses :) You know what I meant, though. I was just expressing my unsupported concerns about future updates for my particular low-to-mid-range device. And since this is Nokia we are talking about, the device itself will probably outlive us both, so of course I wonder whether or not it will receive Windows Phone 100. :)
  • LOL
    I understand.
  • Hey Krist....u have a point, however...please understand...OS update is free, the firm who's making the OS has to earn from their hardware only.....and eventually from App store somehow!
    So its not uncanny that they are designing their OS keeping ur phone in mind!! Concentrate on ur job hunt...remember u gotta buy a high end device....who knows u might like iPhone 13 better!
  • I know everyone is still tripping on Cortana, but I'm really the most excited about the Enterprise Pack and Action Center.
    I'm starting a new job soon, and if I don't get things like VPN support soon... I'll have to use an iPhone for work. Trust me, I don't want to do that.
  • U will Get vpn support damn sure. U can sell your iPhone now.
  • I know its coming, but I start my new job next week. So I'm worried that I won't be able to hold out long enough to wait on April 2nd.
    And if I have to get an iPhone, it will be provided by the company. I damn sure won't be buying it.
    Frankly, I'm not sure yet if they support BYOD. So I may be forced into carrying two phones.
  • Does it seem faster? :D Lolll..
  • Toast with no butter
  • Hope i CAN turn off an on mobiledata aswell
  • You can do that now.
  • I think he/she means in the action centre, which is something I'm hoping for also.
  • You can already do that.
  • But all the apps in windows phone has problems to push notifications ,so action center is not useful
  • Completely untrue.
  • Bullshit.
  • Much lies. Many inaccuracy. Comment of bad.
  • they are planning to display the AC while i am playing a game or movie....will it pause the multimedia....or keep it on if i wanna take a peek on my notifications??
    For sure its gonna kill my multimedia if its not pull-down!
  • I'm sure it will be faster too.
  • Fugazi. Fugazi. It's a woozie....
  • We need pull down wouldn't it be very cool if the start screen on WP can also be on landscape mode if u tilt your phone
  • Whats the purpose of this? srsly. No one needs this. WP is for Phones not tablets. We need useful Features not gimmicks.
  • Well for the large screen phones it would be cool...
  • Every area I can use my phone in landscape mode I do. Saying that I wish I could landscape everything on my 920. Its esp useful with the keyboard.
  • Can't wait.. Hurry.. ;)
  • Would be rawsome if cortana had a wakeup word, so you could activate without even touching your phone.
  • What can one do to increase background task to 30? Hopefully action center only counts as one.
  • Any clue about customization options in 8.1 ? The ability to make own tile accent colors for example ?
  • I have a question.... With this action center will be useless the live tiles or the "me" tile I guess? Am I wrong?
  • Yes. You are wrong.
  • Can you explain me for understanding
  • Live tiles are more than just notifications.
    The me tile however, I don't know. With the rumor of it dropping Facebook integration, I don't know if it will still support other social sites like Twitter or how the Me tile/app is used.
  • From the me tile you can see all the social notifications and answer from there to friends. For this reason I ask. If we will see the notifications from action center there is no point to use live tiles or the me tile. Anyway, we will see when will come the update. Thank you
  • :)
  • I want forty notifications :(
  • Leaks killed it. No headline grabbing. Get ready for siri-like, android-like etc jabs.
  • Let them talk, those people are die hard anyway. They won't be convince no matter what.
  • The general polulation knows nothing about WP8.1.  My wife and daughters don't live on tech sites so they will be surprised.
  • Wow... Seems faster
  • I heard about reducing keyboard size in wp 8.1 its kinda weird to me and what about data connection toggle will it be available in the action center????
  • good thing we only have to wait several months now (my guess is august / september) until we actually have it on our phones...
  • I will have it soon after the announcement.
    Dev Preview.
  • Here in the US the carriers will be testing it for months. Who knows when anybody or what country gets it first.
  • Here in the US... Dev Preview.
  • Any news whether incoming calls can be auto accepted through Bluetooth & whether the callers name will be announced. One more,whether we can accept or reject calls through voice?
  • That would be a great addition to driving mode
  • I hope I get at least Black update for 620 before this even makes the light of the day.
  • Yaa dude hoping the same . 620 users are I think ignored by nokia
    Waiting for black for a long time
  • 20 per app!? Pleasssse developers think SO carefully about how you use this. I can see this turning into the same horrible mess of notifications that always infuriated me about Android.
  • My only concern is the amount of time it might take for some companies to bother updating their apps :(
  • Mmhmm. Me too.
    I'm hoping though that we see a surge of updates & new apps after BUILD.
  • This is the same thing that makes me laugh at people being so happy over FB messenger apps, and whatever else is RUMORED to be coming. FB's rep with WP is pure shit. Company's like them can make this whole action center idea a headache.
  • Honestly, 4 toggles and only 5 notifications on the lockscreen will soon feel like too few. I'm already having a problem now with those notifications on the lockscreen. I have phone calls, SMS, email, whatsapp, Skype, and then I'm missing a place for facebook/facebook messenger, it is just not enough 5 of them!
  • You will be able to access notification centre from lockscreen so anything more than 5 key apps can be accessed too. 
  • is Windows 8.1 will need more RAM    am using Nokia 920 1GB RAM     
  • No bro...even Lumia 520 can be updated to wp8.1..cheers
  • No, you're fine.
    (BTW, Windows 8.1 = PC/tablets; Windows Phone 8.1= phones)
  • On Lumia 520, switching between apps takes 4-5 sec I guess..resuming...when will that go away...or its just due to lower ram..
  • Its more so the low RAM
  • So when will I get it?
  • Probably 1st week of april...use preview for get it asap..when its released...
  • Title abit miss lead , I told the action center can allow for 20 apps as a quick action :(
  • no.
  • Good answer.
    Wtf is going on in the comments lately. Mass confusion and people who don't read. I fail to comprehend what everyone is unable to comprehend from reading the f*ing article.
  • I'm not really satisfied with only 4 quick actions. I need at least 10
  • Really? You regularly toggle on/off 10 different things?
  • More or less.
    Lets see, cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth, screen rotation, flashlight, brightness, NFC.
    I don't even wanna go into settings just to toggle those things off/on, because frankly, settings menu is a mess.
  • I agree with you there, MS certainly do need to sort the settings menu out.
  • Agreed.
  • Settings menu is not a mess dude. It' laid out based on 'most used' or 'most frequently accessed' items. Look at it now, and think about it. Most people will be changing their ring tones, and themes way more than checking what version of software they are running. If it was any other way it would be inconvenient... for instance, alphabetical would put bluetooth at the top, and ring tones, themes and WiFi way toward the bottom.
    If it was configurable, that's just a waste of CPU power in my opinion.    On another note, the whole WP hive mind needs to stop. Every complaint I see about WP comes in waves. You see it on every site over and over. Stop and think of things for yourself. Most of the stuff people complain about is minor.
  • If quick action isn't doing it for you, then you probably need to seek a more meaningful connection. Or just go longer ;)
  • What do you mean "Action center is only available on phone"? Like a tablet running WP?
  • According to rumours WP8.1 may merge with Win8.1RT
  • but that won't happen with 8.1
  • Because Windows Phone and Windows (all version) use the same framework called Windows Runtime (aka WinRT, that has notihing to do with Windows RT), so every API in the framework is marked for which platform is available between Windows, Windows Server, Windows Phone.
    So this API in the Windows Runtime framework is available only for the Windows Phone, if you try to use this on an app that is targeted to Windows you receive an exeption at compile time
  • Why the heck is internet sharing locked on my developer unlocked Lumia 920?
  • Carrier lock.
  • We need more than 4 quick actions Microsoft!
  • I get the feeling that with the amount of memory this update will take up, the option to put apps/games on the SD card will come in vey handy
  • Oh yes, I forgot about being able to load apps on the SD card. It should make my Nokia 822 even better. Has anyone tried using a 64Gb card in one yet?
  • I still cannot believe there is no data connection shortcut, Its infuriating me to no end.
  • Hopefully it's there. You can choose what actions are there to be toggled, so... logic suggests it will be. I think it's safe to assume that the toggle is in fact 'a toggle' rather than a shortcut to the wifi menu, cellular menu etc.   That would just be Dumb.
  • Not interested..........
  • release this thing already.
  • I'm hoping desperately for the ability to add shortcuts for commonly typed words or phrases (login email addresses). Very handy on ios. Hope its included.
  • If I understand correctly you can already do this, you can add whatever you want to the keyboard suggestion semply type the word, select them and tap on +[word -that-you-have-typed]
  • Does anybody knows if the "Mobile Data" will be an option on Action Centre? =/
  • It should be, right?
  • Yeah... but every screenshot or video that leaked didn't shown that option... That's why I'm asking.
  • I know. I've noticed that, too. But it would be SO stupid to leave that out. I mean, which do you use more frequently: Bluetooth or cellular??
  • Cellular... Bluetooth I never use =D
  • Maybe because everything we see is either an emulator, or on a phone with no sim...?
  • We hope so Sean D.
  • Hopefully with the Action Centre I will not get thousands of toast notifications from whatsapp every time I connect to the Internet. That needs to be managed ASAP!!
  • It's up to WhatsApp to aggregate their notifications. Either all lumped in to one 'you have messages' type deal, or even by contact (in the action center). I was thinking about the same thing. Hopefully with the action center available, devs might start using toasts in a smarter way.
  • That's a lot of 'hope'. They haven't managed live tiles quite right yet.
  • Will Wp8.1 be able to attach files through email? Curious!!!
  • Well, even if it doesn't you could use the web client instead. Not ideal, but the browser will support uploads at least. And I'm seeing info about it supporting any file format, even those the OS doesn't handle.
      All this speculation, man just be April already!
  • You can now... you just gotta kinda take the long way.  :-/
  • How about a screenshot of the action center instead of this generic 8.1 image everywhere Sam? It hurts my eyes. ;)
  • Actually, wouldn't something kike this also be quite useful on tablets or even PCs?
  • Action Center is already on PC's.
  • Still waiting for BLACK here on 620, and I have a terrible feeling that 8.1 might come first. :(
  • That wouldn't be terrible would it?
  • I wonder if multiple quick settings will be able to be toggled at once without needing to repull the action center. It's the sort of thing that a company like Microsoft misses.
  • You don't need to repull.... the video showed that.  You have to hide it.
  • Less then 1 month and during my bday as well!
  • Hopefully we will have an option to display six columns on Lumia 920.
  • 4 quick actions.........well,I guess a conectivity tiles app remains a must have..........
  • What about the 'other' storage issue? I still find it filling up and the options to delete them don't really seem to work out for me. Still have to reset the fone every month to see free space popping out. C'mon 8.1, show me the improvement
  • Im with you :)
  • It's just cache.  Fill up your other memory and you'll see it shrink.  Stop resetting your phone.
  • That doesn't seem true to me.i know it's anecdotal but my "other" ia over 3 GB even after clearing temp files and I was trying to install the update to star wars tiny death star and the cache wouldn't shrink, especially because the file size was 64 Mb and the free space said 100+ MB. This seems like an inefficient way of handling storage to say the least.
  • Ok, we did not see Cortana in action, we saw some bumbling through the menus....
  • Haha, well put.
  • Cortana with Cortana's Halo 4 voice and Swype keyboard.
  • Verizon will release it in October. :( hope the dev preview brings it out to us in April.
  • Even if we get the dev preview I am guessing we will not get much of the features coz I am wondering how would all our apps be there when they said they would be changing the extension from xap to something else.Or maybe I am guessing we will lose all our data for the preview???
  • You were wrong we will not lose any data all the windows phone 8 apps will work on windows phone 8.1 and windows phone 8.1 apps will not work on windows phone 8
  • hmm. 2 background colors. 20 notificatioins, and about just as many tile color choices. Windows phone, the phone that tells you want you shall NOT have: choice.
  • LOL! I feel you on the background colors. I wish they would add more. Background colors are waaaaayyy higher on my wishlist than this tile skin background which seems to be what they're implementing.
  • Ahh it's 20 notifications per app, what's wrong with that!!
  • 20 notifications PER APP not overall.... and remember apps have the ability to DELETE notifications.  For example if you get a couple of FB notifications, if you look at in the FB app instaed, it'll clear those notifications instead wasting space in the action center.  More than 20 would just make it another inbox and not a NOTIFICATION center.  iOS and Android have it similiar.
  • What feature am I looking forward to?
    Well, that would be persistent reminders (audible) of missed calls/texts/etc...
    Oh wait, that still isn't a feature.
  • I would say IE11 is another major feature of WP Blue.
  • Well thanks Microsoft for copying iOS and Android. The layout looks exactly the same. Settings at the top, notifications at the bottom.
  • Thx for the update, but the feature list page here was not updated again. the latest two or three things were also not updated (for example Background in Tiles, IE private mode...) Could you please update the list ?
  • More than enough for me.
  • I think that this action centre is just a copy of Android's notification center.... I've been waiting for something more original from Microsoft
  • I hate to be pessimistic, but it also seems they aren't actionable, which means they haven't caught up in functionality. Maybe the way devs can handle then is where we'll see some innovation
  • You are right but that would suit best for a mobile phone have a look at ios even that has the same
  • Oh, I hope it's not available only on phones. Windows 8.1 also needs a place where all the notifications can be seen.
  • I recall having most of these capabilities on my WinMo phones. No need to perpetuate the myth that smartphones began with iOS and Android.
    Just sayin'
  • Stop telling the truth!  I gave up trying to remind people that things like this were available years ago on WinMo.   The world didn't start till the iphone was released, ya know.  :-/
  • Do you guys know/believe that the Lumia 820 and 920 will get this update? I was quite bothered when my 710 did not get WP 8 and I had to buy a 520 a little after because the app support dropped hugely. I've been considering upgrading from the 520 to a 820 or 920/925, but I would be really mad if they didn't get this update.
  • Ya they would get this 8.1 update
  • Omg. What are they doing to my sweet beautiful tiles??? :( this sucks and have absolutely nothing to do with the metro-minimalist-clean style. Can't imagine this working in a good way. It's going to make we lose ourselves in a screen with that amount of visual information. Why no make the background like Windows 8.1? Please!!!
  • I want to see how cortana will work mostly
  • Cortana. Everything else is fluff. I'm ready for Cortana
  • Waiting for system wide file manager...
  • I wish the 4  customizable actions be more than 4 because all quick setting like WICI, AIREPLANE, BLUETOOTH, INTERNET SHARING, CELLULAR DATA, GPS, AUTOMATIC SCREEN BRITNESS, SCREEN ROTATION LOCK, AND MORE.... are really much frequently used and they should be available through swiping wich is WP's basics for interacting with Phone.. but... When I reviewed the changes for WP8, I really surprised with these huge updates And I call it WP8.5 not 8.1 greate improvments made according the sdk wpcentral has shown us..
  • I may be one the few but whenever I get a chance, I use the voice commands to text, search the internet, and call contacts. I will be looking forward to the new features of "Cortana" the most.
  • 20 notifications for 7 days? That's what I call over-kill. I can just the WP8 development team saying " You want a notification center, we'll give you a F****** notification center! And don't ask for anything else."
  • Wait. So there is no news regarding the release of WP8.1 any time soon ?? The next month event is only for the developers ?
  • Yes it is just for developers and not for everyone