Windows Phone's live tiles were intended to be your go-to source for notifications at a glance. The truth is, few apps use them well -- or even at all. With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft clones the Notification Center from iOS, adding quick-access controls à la Android for accessing notifications and most networking controls from any app. Just pull down from the top of the screen to open the new Action Center.
Tip: If you want to get your music and video playback controls, you won't find them here. Instead, push on the volume rocker to open a separate control tray for that.