Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to bring multi-step interactive notifications

With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is set to bring a lot of new features. The software giant rolled out a ton of new features in Windows 10 to Windows Insiders just this Thursday, including a new look for the Action Center, a new touch keyboard, and more. There’s still a lot that’s coming with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, though — and one of those features includes a new type of notifications called multi-step interactive notifications.

Interactive notifications came to Windows 10 a long while ago, and Microsoft’s been making improvements to notifications in Windows 10 ever since. The new multi-step interactive notifications take things a step further, effectively removing the need for opening an app to complete an interaction from a notification. How these new multi-step interactive notifications will work isn’t exactly known yet, but Microsoft explained on the Windows Platform Feature Tracker that the multi-step interactive notifications would work via background tasks created by an app. When you get an interactive notification from an app, clicking on a button like “Next” will trigger that background task which will update the toast notification that includes the next step.

These multi-step interactive notifications could be implemented in things like Cortana Reminders — for instance, Cortana could send a notification about a reminder that lets you snooze the reminder or edit the details. Clicking on edit would display the edit form right in the notification, removing the actual need for opening Cortana itself.

Multi-step interactive notifications for Windows 10 are currently in development, and Windows Insiders should be able to try it out soon. Developers, on the other hand, will need to wait for the official public release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK to actually implement multi-step interactive notifications into their apps and release it to users.