Chrome Notifications won’t Appear in Windows 10’s Action Center
Google has made it clear that its Chrome browser will not support notifications appearing in the Action Center of Windows 10 anytime soon.
Windows 10 has a slick Action Center that provides a home for system notifications. So, one would assume Chrome notifications to be integrated into there; but that’s not the case. Chrome notifications are staying as they are.
A feature request for Action Center support recently appeared on the Chromium support site. In response to the request, a Chrome support moderator by the name “Ho” updated the topic to “WontFix,” saying the following:
“Thanks for the input and ideas! We’ve discussed this quite a bit and decided not to integrate with the system level notification at this time. It would create a weird state where Chrome behaves differently on Win 10 than on Win 7/8 and developers of extensions/websites wouldn’t know what they design for. Maybe we can revisit it in a few years when most users are on Win 10 :)”
While the feature request gained some enthusiastic support from other users who see value in having notification in one place, the development team has rather a different opinion.
Elaborating on the decision, Ho stated in a follow-up post that in Windows 10, “using the native notification system would mean that all notification[s] could show briefly before disappearing but they could also not show, depending on a user setting. All notifications would show as coming from Chrome. They would not be actionable, and so on.”
Well, that makes some sense. Though Windows 10 does support actionable notifications, Chrome notification system is still more fully-featured that can configure notifications to display rich info.
Otherwise, they would all appear as Chrome notifications in the Action Center, and Chrome developers would indeed need to put in extra effort to support both Windows 10’s notifications and Chrome’s Windows 7 and 8 notifications.
Let’s see how things play out over the coming weeks, and whether Microsoft takes some action for Chrome to ditch its reluctance to Action Center.