Despite people cries for Windows Phone to copy Android’s swipe down from the top to access a notification shade it appears Microsoft will instead employ the notification center as a separate app and that users will be able to pin to the start screen. I think having the notification center be a live tile is absolutely the right way to go. Here is why:
Live Tiles Are The Face Of Windows Phone
When you unlock your phone you see a screen of tiles first. Everyone would pin their notification center to the start screen in prime view so that you wouldn’t miss anything. Doing this way means that no immediate action is required to alert the user that they have missed notifications because the live tile will do it. Next you have the granular control that allows the user to control the size of the tile. If you’re just the type that wants to know that there are notifications are waiting and will get to them at your leisure than the smallest tile works. If you need a little more info the medium size works and if you’re the type that just has to know what the last notification is the Large tile will present that information without the user needing to take any action unless you want to dive down into all the notifications. In any case accessing the notification center is just one tap away from the start screen. The Live Tile method is true to Windows Phone’s identity. Users would instantly get the benefits of using such a method. Whining about not being like Android/iOS forget that the lock screen notifications will be available to the Notification center so you can have detailed information on your lock screen and also granular control over that information.
Here’s hoping that Microsoft employs this method and moves on to spend the rest of their valuable time fixing issues like the Xbox Music app and other pressing matters.
Other Promising Signs
Closing Apps-The ability to close apps while in the multitask card window. Efficient and clean way of closing apps that has already been implemented by other mobile platforms.
Calendar Week View-Now users will have the ability to view their Windows Phone calendar by the week. It also looks like Microsoft did a good job in having additional information for each day of the week and includes a month view in the corner for reference.
Sorting Apps By Usage-Some users would find it really useful to have apps sorted by most used to least used. Currently apps are sorted only by alphabet. This would also provide an additional benefit of seeing how much/little each app is actually being used. Knowing this when deciding what apps/games to delete to free up room would make the task a lot easier.
Source: The Verge