Here's animated illustration made in PS
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At the moment the user has to manually check if he's got any emails or other stuff, by opening the start menu, but this let's him know as soon as he gets any, however here's the cool won't annoy the user with Big pop ups and sounds.
Plus if he's been AFK for a while, he'll see number of new notification's he's got in the meantime.
Hope you like it, if you do please support it HERE