Microsoft seems to be paying attention to the criticisms faced by its mobile operating system—Windows Phone 8. According to The Verge, screenshots have been leaked that show some new features which will be making their way to the operating system. The biggest new feature in the screenshots is a notification centre that gives you access to new notifications that you might receive.
The screenshots show the OS version to be 12084.WPMAIN(wpbldlab).20130509-1407, which means that it was compiled on May 5. These screenshots were posted on to Reddit by a user who bought a Lumia 920 that seems to have this build installed on it.
Microsoft has gone on record earlier to say that it ran out of time to add the notification centre
Other features shown in the update include a new calendar app that can show weekly schedules, the ability to sort apps by name, improved multitasking and frequency in the complete app list . Multitasking seems to be getting a major improvement—the ability to close apps directly from the multitasking view. Previously, the only way to close apps was to manually go in them and hitting the back button till the app closed.
Microsoft has been considering a notification centre for Windows Phone 8 since November last year. The company had earlier admitted that it had “run out of time” to include the notification centre on its OS.
Microsoft’s Thomas Fennel had earlier mentioned that the company is considering adding a notification centre to its operating system. “It's very very important to me… 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,” explained Fennel when questioned by someone in the audience at Build.
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