In this edition of ‘Bout Time, we have news that yet another feature one would expect to be on an fully robust and cross-device OS may actually grace Windows Threshold, aka Windows 9. The tech preview drops at the ends of the month with Redmond working furiously to get it to a point where they can and would want to show it to the outside world for testing.
A feature already on the Phone version is a notification center. In the later builds of Threshold, a new notification center is now present that works exactly like you would expect; a central area of the OS that highlights notifications. The current functionality has the notification center launching from the system tray and much like Windows Phone, notifications are sorted by the app that triggers the event. There is also a button that allows you to quickly clear all of your notifications or you can remove them one by one.
The notification center, unlike Windows Phone, does not take over the entire screen but lives in a small window in the bottom right corner of the desktop. The size of the window right now is fixed and if you have a long list of notifications, you can scroll up and down; the current background of the window is white and has a very clean look to it.
The current iteration is quite basic and doesn’t offer any advanced functionality like Windows Phone where there are shortcuts to feature settings. More features will likely be added as the feature matures but right now, it is quite basic. Baby steps, because when you’ve waited this long, you might as well get it right, a la Cortana.