As we get closer to the end of 2012, our conversation about potential and Windows Phone will ultimately have to change. While talking about the great things that Windows Phone could possibly have, or will have, at some point down the line is great, there’s just a time where Microsoft will ultimately have to deliver on that potential. Or let the potential slip away and leave us wanting more. With the next major update set to be unveiled at some point later this year, Windows Phone 8 could very well change the landscape that Microsoft’s mobile OS finds itself on.

Personally, I think there’s a few different areas that Microsoft needs to change Windows Phone up to make it a worthwhile mobile operating system for me. The truth is, while I do believe that Windows Phone’s “at a glance” fundamental system approach is boring in the long-run, I understand the concept and think that Microsoft has a nice idea. However, while the glance may be enough to draw in new customers, I think it’s this feature that will ultimately be one reason why people leave the system.

Simply put, the notification system isn’t that great. In fact, I think it’s probably the worst in the mobile platform race right now. It is the worst if we are comparing the leading manufacturers.

The Live Tiles and Hubs are great, and they’re certainly a new and unique way to find out what’s going on in your world. But, the moment you don’t have an application on your Home screen, the notification system falls flat. There isn’t a way to find notifications for other applications you may have loaded on your phone. If you miss the initial pop-up banner on the top of the display, then you’ll never know you were notified.

A few people I’ve spoken to regarding this predicament have suggested that Microsoft deserves a pass because Windows Phone is new. I just don’t subscribe to this way of thought. To me, it doesn’t matter that Windows Phone is “new,” and all the other platforms are old. It’s not like these other older platforms were a secret, and Microsoft was unable to see how notifications worked on them.

They should have been able to see how mobile operating systems like Android, webOS, BlackBerry, and even iOS handled notifications, and grew from there. We shouldn’t be talking about how Microsoft’s notification system deserves a pass, but how it’s good but could be better.

It’s a simple fix, too. Just make a way for the user to find all their notifications, in one simple area, and accessible. It doesn’t have to be a drop-down window. It could just be an extra swipe of the finger to the right, passed the list of applications, and there you have it. Your notifications, listed nicely, and ready for your attention.

There are different ways that Microsoft could enable notifications on a broader scale, because while the Live Tiles are great, they just don’t cover all the bases.

And, honestly, the notification system is one of the biggest reasons I have a problem with Windows Phone. While I think the OS in itself can get boring after awhile, it’s the fact that notifications aren’t easily accessible if they aren’t on the Home screen that is the worst part of the whole experience.

I want to hear from you, whether you use Windows Phone or not, as to how you think Microsoft could tap into the potential of the mobile OS and make notifications even better. And it has to go beyond, “Just put all your apps on the Home screen!” please. I look forward to seeing what you have to say.


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Edgar Emanuel Rivera Rojas
Edgar Emanuel Rivera Rojas I love Wimdows Phone
David Erwin
David Erwin Care to explain what exact notifications you are missing Evan? You know, like a good journalist would do? Every single phonedog article about windows phone is vague or filled with misconceptions or flat out false statements. You guys really need to learn this OS before you continue with such articles. So its not acceptable to tell you to have the simpliest of live tiles on your home screen? Such as the people hub and email? I havent missed one single notification and having a notification system s completely redundant. So what do you want on your homescreen? No tiles whatsoever? And if you are using said app all the time, why wouldnt you want it on your home screen? Love the comment on how you said Windows Phone gets boring too, LOL, so a grid of icons stays exciting to you? And has been exciting since 2007? You guys are ridiculous and completely closed off to change. You wont be happy unless every phone works exactly the same, huh?
Gibby Garcia
Gibby Garcia it's a good start but it still could use furthur updates. like the iOS when it first came out in 2007, it was great but still lacking in a lot of things...
Josh Pieters
Josh Pieters Windows Phone is a solid operating system, if you can look past it being Microsoft its a great O.S. I had a HTC Titan for 2 Weeks and just couldn't handle the non flash player and lack of apps. Other than that it was the best auto correct keyboard experience I've had EVER! Battery Life is Legit! Only things missing is adobe and apps.
Avi Rava
Avi Rava My old phone is better then windos phones, haha, atleast I can change the wallpaper that I want.
Vlad Valentine McBride
Vlad Valentine McBride Not to upset people out there but if you think about it, if you have time to look through your entire app menu to find something, and if you customize your typically 6 home screens, your phone probably can't make it through a whole day with a single charge meaning you don't have a life. Windows stresses the fact that their phones are made to be simple, snappy and takes you back to your real life faster. Notifications are great, as far as social notifications, I like to check them on my own time I don't need it to tell me every time someone says lol on a post haha iOS is nice yall but there are things not so great about it. I love my windows phone, it never gets boring or lame, its always fast especially the keyboard.
Tyler Johnson
Tyler Johnson Ppl who say that Samsung sucks is because they have never tried it
Anonymous I never got why people are so impressed by Windows Phone, they used transitions to hide lag and loading times. The tile UI is simple but so what? It's worst than iOS when we say "It looks exactly like someone else's" since you can't even change the wallpaper. And thru some weird sense that you like the tile interface, Android can easily emulate this thru a launcher. Integration with social media? Most Androids have this sort of integrated app like Social hub, you know what we call it? Bloatware. And app wise, I'd rather have 1 million apps, 500K of which are apps that do the same thing, 100K of which are crapware, but the 400K of good apps, out of which I use 20, the choice is there, on WP there's hardly 1 proper app for 1 function, much less duplicates so you can try the others. So in the end. WP is nice and different from Android and iOS, but still boring and Android can do everything it can, even down to the boring looks.
Cameron Biggs
Cameron Biggs If your main focus is having access to 700,000+ apps, of which a majority use about 10... Then by all means stick to Android or iOS. Having come from Android to iOS to WP I know where the differences lie in each. Most will scoff at the idea that they can't access a million apps just to play with or can't tout having 17 cores, of which 1 is all you need. Its a numbers game in the phone world. Who has more. However, I enjoy innovative design and execution. WP is a breath of fresh air. Static icons on a screen? Wow, we have been doing that since the FIRST cellphone. What happened now is a little bit of color and some little graphics. We need smarter phones. And no SIRI isn't smart nor new. I applaud pushing for new technologies on our cell phones but where WP wins in my book is a push for a truly new look and approach to cell phones. Its still in its infancy which for each other OS at this same moment in their initial launch they weren't where WP is now. In time it'll catch up if apps is all anyone can complain about. The OS is already bringing innovations to the table Android and iOS have yet to do. For me personally, I love it. Plus, I don't follow crowds I like finding out about something truly unique. Not owning the Epic 4G Touch Slim Plus 4.0. Lol.
Hon Guin Lee
Hon Guin Lee I agree with matthew.barkiewicz,the application base needs to strengthen, and this will definately take time, but with Nokia alongside them I have already seen marketing strengthen a lot and its helped Microsoft on bringing in particular the Nokia Lumia 800 to market. Its user interface is nice and simple, it may not be everyones taste on the Metro design but essentially its clean and with Microsoft app publishing rules keeps it fairly clean. Microsoft has established products like Silverlight, which obviously drives most of the interface and applications you see, and its games integration which I forgot to add is brilliant, don't think Android has got a handle for that at all, which keeps gamers delighted, I know its Silverlight but its XAML format keeps development simple, Android is a let down for application publishing and Apple, I don't want to go there. Do I like Windows Phone, of course! Do I like the notification, so so, I've seen its pros and cons so far and I hope to make it better. Does it have a future? Yes I believe so, and I will be watching closely as to what they will be doing and so far its been a great journey!
George Isenhart
George Isenhart I was impressed with Nokia Lumina 900, still needs work on multi tasking but I am impressed, having said that I still prefer Android.
Kenny Espino
Kenny Espino No!
Yodani Mendez Quezada
Yodani Mendez Quezada I love windows phone. Best OS out there. I hate how one tool here (paid apple bot) says he swicthed to iPhone because of customization... REALLY? to a static screen of rows and colums of tiny app icons
Kaleb Klee
Kaleb Klee Yes, just wish that sprint had more
Hon Guin Lee
Hon Guin Lee As a Windows Phone 7 developer whose seen the platform grow, I have seen it has potential, new unseen ways for features of phone exploited like live tile notifications, good personable developer base and fairly stable developer toolkit and support for technology like Silverlight. However there branding still remains with Microsoft with the closed platform and some restrictions of pricing for app publishing is debatable. I may be poised to have a look at Android again, after publishing WP7 apps as its still fairly niche in the customer base and I am an advocate open source developer at heart!
Steven Murphine
Steven Murphine Switched from a Galaxy Nexus to a Lumia 800 and I've never missed it.
David DiMolfetta
David DiMolfetta Windows phones seem cool, I think it's just that no one uses them.
Michael Anthony Rivera
Michael Anthony Rivera Having used a windows phone i must say yes but only second to android!
David Bauer
David Bauer I like it but the lack of apps and flash have me in a spot that I will be getting rid of windows in a few months.
Dan Bittner
Dan Bittner Windows is carp. My HTC one x would kill any windows phone on the market.
Richard Kalva
Richard Kalva Love it!
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz Slide down to open notification .aniway apple anready copy that from android
Flako Ramirez
Flako Ramirez It has a great UI im on sprint and i want the lumia 900 but at&t isnt for me
Frank Duvendack
Frank Duvendack Do what apple did and copy android and some how not get sued
Michael Benesa
Michael Benesa Love it. People who say they get bored with it aren't giving it a chance or aren't downloading the right apps. Plus, many of the apps need to be configured to activate the LIVE tiles. People coming from Android should be used to configuring and customizations. I guess the static icons of IOS and Android are SO much more exciting. Anyway, one way to improve notifications maybe would be to swipe to the left to pull up a list of past notifications. Otherwise, loving Windows Phone.
Leeming Wong
Leeming Wong Wonder how pro window phone users are actual microsoft employees?
Jonathan Owens
Jonathan Owens Android sucks
Jonathan Swanagan
Jonathan Swanagan windows rules ! Android drulls
Smileski Gjoko
Smileski Gjoko Yes, i do. I would like to swipe to right to see my notification.
Arnold A Anzaldua
Arnold A Anzaldua Android is so much better because it supports the play store un like windows i cant wait untill friday so i can get my new evo 4g lte
Cunningham Quinton
Cunningham Quinton No I do not like Windows phone
Ryan McNeil
Ryan McNeil It's beautiful, it's just in dire need for more DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS.
Nick Duncan
Nick Duncan I switched from windows to iPhone. The reliance on Microsoft services is awful and customization is featureless. It had a lot going for it but it didn't feel like a smartphone.
Jacky On
Jacky On @Matthew: And on top of that, most people who liked phonedog are Android fans. It's mostly Android users who likes reading about phones because they are tech savvy. I love my windows phone, and that's all that should matter when someone buys a phone.
Kevin Post
Kevin Post Y never change again, wm to wP thats it.
Norman Chan
Norman Chan no !
Jesse Snider
Jesse Snider No sticking with Android
Kristoff Lewandowski
Kristoff Lewandowski It is THE BEST!
William Hall
William Hall Look on the phone dog page. Lumia 900 is the to rated phone. Sounds like its liked by more people than any other phone to me. Even your beloved one x and the galaxy s III
Tyler Tresenrider
Tyler Tresenrider Nobody uses that many apps anyway I rather have a phone that's smooth everyday than a quad core laggy android phone they suck
Martin Canales Jr.
Martin Canales Jr. I <3 my WP
Renan Gallardo
Renan Gallardo @ Devon Rigged?... LOL... You can't just accept the fact that an Android device running multiples cores can't smoke the Windows Phone... If ever an Android device does smoke the Windows Phone, it isn't a big deal since hardware wise the Android should have the upper hand... @ Matthew Agreed... Most people who whine about lack of apps in the Marketplace should have known that before they got the phone... That's the problem if people could get the phone cheaper w/contract... They just purchase the thing without thinking... I just would love to see the day all phones would be sold at full factory unlocked price so people would really check the device out first...
Marc OKelly
Marc OKelly Windows Phone is great, the UI is more dynamic than IOS and Android and that I like
Christopher Stowe
Christopher Stowe Too simple for me, needs more apps.
Michael Alvarado Castellano
Michael Alvarado Castellano Window phones suck IOS and Android win
Kerri Kershaw
Kerri Kershaw Well said Matthew B.!! Took the words right out of my mouth. And I love my Windows Phone!
Spencer Sharkey
Spencer Sharkey I've had one before for about a week. Didn't like it... went back to Android. Weren't enough options for apps and whatnot.. and not enough customization could happen.
Matthew Barkiewicz
Matthew Barkiewicz The funny thing about facebook is that people can comment on anything even though they have no idea what you are talking about.... Just like the majority of the people above. They have prolly never seen or used a windows phone so yea...their comments don't matter.. Yes WP needs more apps but that is because of contrlls that Microsoft has set to ensure quality apps and to prevent the 100 duplicate apps that the other oses seem to embrace. The user interface is intuitive and easy to use.. Not convoluted like every other os.. You dont need to open 30 different apps just to check simple things like your email or facebook. its all pretty well integrated. Anyone who says that the WP is garbage has again probably never used or saw one....And thus have no idea what they are talking about.
Dennis Petrospour
Dennis Petrospour Garbage
Gabriel Fernandez
Gabriel Fernandez I do! I think Windows Phone will take off when Apollo comes out. It's unique, and that makes it special.
Dominican Papi
Dominican Papi Windows phone sucks
Devon McManus
Devon McManus After Microsoft's current stance on dissing every thing about Android they can, and the fact that they rigged the smoked by WP7 BS. I strongly dislike WP7.
Christopher Wing
Christopher Wing Android and Windows Phone are the best. iOS is laggy and behind the times. Sme can say iPity the users for being brainwashed.
Robert Centennial
Robert Centennial nothing its perfect.
Matthew Iglehart
Matthew Iglehart It looks gay
Jeremey Brown
Jeremey Brown Android all the way for this white boy!!
Cole Bachman
Cole Bachman No. Android is the one for me.
Mark Greentree
Mark Greentree Nope,but better than ios
Steve Johns
Steve Johns Nope
Ivan Osuna
Ivan Osuna hell no winblows blows
Ryan Elkins
Ryan Elkins Ive used all platforms, and my family has androids and iPhones. Windows is top notch, except the lack of apps is holding windows behind. Everything else is absolutely incredible!
Josh Hardy
Josh Hardy At least it doesn't lag and occasionally have an app crashed like it did on the iPhone 3G....yea never got a new one since
Rok Vrtacnik
Rok Vrtacnik Loving my Omnia 7
Adrian Schuller
Adrian Schuller I love Windows Phone ! Its the best ;)
Doug Puccetti
Doug Puccetti I love windows phone. And honestly, the notification system isn't what needs to be fixed.
Mihai Alex
Mihai Alex I love WP OS... I want a Galaxy Note with WP8
Chris Sucharda
Chris Sucharda Windows has a phone? Thought it was a dinosaur.
Rob Watkins
Rob Watkins I like Windows Phone
Mke Garcia
Mke Garcia Windows Phone is just as nice and fluid as the iPhone. Way better than a laggy Android phone.
Jacky On
Jacky On Yes.
Mark Fisher Jr.
Mark Fisher Jr. Hell no!!!!!!
Muhammad A. Ibrahim
Muhammad A. Ibrahim NO! :D
Curt Popejoy
Curt Popejoy I love it. Had my Dell venue Pro for about 6 months now, and only considering a change because the camera on it is so awful.
P.j. Smith
P.j. Smith Terrible. Innovative idea but terrible outcome.
Michael Pitts
Michael Pitts Nope :-) I'm an IOS and Android fan for life.
Joshua Spare
Joshua Spare It is a great platform. It could just use a few more apps and better multi tasking. It is easy and beautiful.
Yemel Martinez
Yemel Martinez no
Tyler Jennings
Tyler Jennings lol windows phone xD
Robert Wernikoff
Robert Wernikoff Nope. I like android
BigFrank Galletti
BigFrank Galletti Windows phone sucks!!!!!
Chris Kaizenn
Chris Kaizenn Had Lumia got bored way too fast
Matt Pankey
Matt Pankey No.
Tim Lindt
Tim Lindt not really :(

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