Interesting Action Center Changes Could Be Coming

Interestingly enough, the Windows Team has come up with another UI change. This time it’s the action center. Without further ado, here is the blog post from the Feedback Hub.

“We are trying out a new type of quest where we would love to get early feedback about our designs before they are available in the build.  Based on your responses, we will determine if and what we will implement for this release.

A concept by your team in Core UX: Peter Skillman, Carmen Zlateff and Roberto Bojorquez Alfaro

Currently the Action Center entry point is a speech bubble shown on the taskbar that will become filled in when a new notification arrives. Going forward, we’re considering one of two designs, the goals of which are:

  • Make incoming notifications subtly more present
  • Move the Action Center icon to the corner, shifting the clock by one spot, so it isn’t buried in a sea of other icons. Note: the show-desktop “sliver” does not move [Symbol]
  • Make the Action Center icon easier to click
  • Add color in a delightfully subtle and ephemeral way
  • Give you a sense of number of incoming notifications
  • Help determine when opening Action Center is relevant by giving a sense of which application just sent a notification
  • Create an alternative option for those that want a quieter solution than toast notifications while still having a visual cue that a new notification has arrived

Steps:

  1. Read our goals listed above.
  2. Watch the full experience in motion
  3. Click the ‘Done’ button below to launch and answer the survey.”
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