How I think notifications should be done in wp8 in one picture.
I quickly mocked up what I'd want windows phone's notification center to look like. To put it simply, android did it the best, we see iOS taking their drop down window and pretty much using it as android implemented since the G1. I've seen some other perspectives on how to do notifications on windows phone, but I personally think the drag down shade does it the best, and while I saw a specific list down notification mock up here, I was dissapointed because it was so close, but seemed a but too cluttered with text.
Just pull down the top like in android or iOS, and it displays every event you need. In this example, like receiving a text, or even email, you can reply right from the notification center. You can also swipe away notifications, or have a clear all button, like android. I tried to make it seem as realistic to the language as possible. Also, the panel does not touch the bottom of the screen making extra useless space, it stops where the notifications end. This also gives you a good idea of how much stuff you have to deal with, faster. How did I do?
Yes I know I took some design liberties like not including bezels on the keyboard letters to save time.