Windows 8 Needs A Notification Center

Using Windows 8 for a while now, I noticed it needs a Notifications Center – somewhere you can go to see previous notifications that have come in so you can react accordingly.

The current notifications just pop up and fade away after a few seconds, never to be seen or heard from again. Indeed it is true that you can go to the start screen to see apps that have counters for new notifications like mail and messaging, but it would be cool and functional to have either a pull down list or a dockable list of all notifications that can be viewed, since most often you would like to have quick heads up view whiles in Desktop Mode without having to switch back to the Start Screen to see what’s new.

These ideas certainly aren’t new and are already present in Andriod and iOS devices, but it certainly never  hurts to have functional additions to your OS over time. Windows 8 has a notifications button on the Setting “fly out” but it is only useful for disabling notifications.

That’s my rant for the day. Feel free to post your own ideas or additions below, perhaps someone from Microsoft might casually stroll by and send it off for inclusion in Windows 8 sp1 or Windows 9, whichever one comes first.

Microsoft Skydrive Waiting In The Shadows

I just read an article here: http://venturebeat.com/2012/09/23/microsofts-cloud-service-skydrive-is-great-and-no-one-has-noticed/ and just wanted to respond with my opinion here.

Personally, I use Skydrive and I love it. It is true very few people know about it but that is bound to change by the end of October when more Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices come to market. The skydrive experience is also not complete until Office 2013 is released and users can benefit from the document sync functionalities that have been built in. I’m using the preview as well and I think it is pretty solid stuff.

Microsoft is simply bidding time until all its products are ready, and then Skydrive will really take off. For us early adopters, we just need to enjoy the free ride until then because it won’t be completely free then.