One thing Windows Phone 8 early adopters may already be noticing about Microsoft's new operating system is that unlike Android and iOS, there's no notification centre.
Well turns out it's not a deliberate omission. It was meant to have one – Microsoft just didn't get it finished in time.
Let's face it: it's virtually unheard of for any great endeavour – be it Windows Phone 8, the Olympic Stadium or the lifesaving kebab you'll be scarfing down while staggering home later this evening – to arrive ahead of schedule. It's just how these things go.
Sticking to Windows Phone 8, or Apollo to follow Microsoft's naming creed, it was first tipped to be landing in June. Which didn't happen, obviously.
But even when the current launch window was locked in more recently, there were regular rumours of delays and a mad scramble to get the work all wrapped up.
It's widely believed to be the reason the grand Nokia World unveiling of the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920, which was supposed to be Nokia's ticket back to the big time, backfired a bit when the launch came and went with neither price nor launch date having emerged.
The reason, they said, was simple: Windows Phone 8 isn't finished, and hasn't actually been signed off yet.
Microsoft now admits that the notification centre was one feature that didn't make the final cut. Program manager Thomas Fennel this week was asked at the company's Build developer conference today why the utility was absent in WinPho 8, and answered simply: “because we ran out of time.
“It's very very important to me,” he continued, trying to put salve on the wound. “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.”
The problem is not so much that there's a lack of a notification centre – it's more that there's the absence of one that's supposed to be there. The Verge highlights it being clearly noticeable when a notification is triggered and disappeared – particularly when a Live Tile isn't enabled for the app it comes from.