The first screenshots of the notification centre coming to Windows Phone 8.1 have leaked, thanks to a confidential email sent at Microsoft picked up by Winphollowers.

The screenshots show Microsoft will market its notification centre as "Action Center" when it launches with Windows Phone 8.1. Like found on Android and iOS, it appears Action Center's goal is to give users quick access to what they've missed and the ability to enable and disable connections like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, and Driving Mode.

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Notifications are split up by application and there's the ability to "Clear All". There's also an "All Settings" function to configure which notifications come through the Action Center and "ghost notifications" so you aren't actively alerted on certain applications you choose. On a more minor level a battery icon and date are found.

The Action Center is believed to launch with Windows Phone 8.1 at Microsoft's Build Conference on 2 April in San Francisco. The update is also said to bring changes to multitasking and a Siri-like "Cortana" personal voice assistant.

We've contacted Microsoft to learn more about the leaked screenshots. WP Central adds some validity to the leak, saying they're accurate and indeed show the behaviour of Action Center.