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  • Blog Post: Oh yeah, it’s on: welcome to the party, Windows Phone 7 Series.

        Today marks a sea change in Microsoft’s mobile device strategy and how we are going to market in the smartphone space.  This change is fundamental rather than incremental; we have completely re-written the book on how a Windows Phone looks, behaves and interacts with a user. ...
  • Blog Post: UX Design and Research Training at Microsoft

      UX community within Microsoft is growing rapidly. Both UX designers and researchers play important roles in product development just as our mission states: “We seek to create products that people will love.” So, what’s the training available for new UX hires that can help them become effective...
  • Blog Post: Line of Business Silverlight Apps that Rock

    Silverlight , Microsoft’s plug-in for delivering cross-platform Rich Internet Applications (RIA) and experiences has been out for a while now.  The first, JavaScript-only version was released at Microsoft’s MIX07 conference in May of 2007.  Subsequently, Silverlight 2 (the first .NET-enabled...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: MIX09 Inspirations: Back to the Drawing Board

    From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: MIX09 Day 2: “Return on Experience”

    From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year. By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: MIX09 Day 1: The “Software” in “Software + Services”

    From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies...
  • Blog Post: Bringing UX to Developers - .NET Users Group Presentation

    I had the opportunity to present at the Metro Toronto .NET User Group last Wednesday. Even it was the first snow of the winter in GTA, but there were still more than 40 people showed up to listen to my talk on "Building for People: 5 Practical Tips for Creating Great User Experience." I was...
  • Blog Post: Happy World Usability Day!

    Happy World Usability Day everyone! This year's theme is "Transportation." There are tons of webcasts on the World Usability Day website and a message from Bill Gates. We have the following WUD events in Canada. Listen to a webcast or attending an event near you. Let's celebrate!! Conférence...
  • Blog Post: Cozying Up to Silverlight Controls at TechDays

    Now the words are out about TechDays and the first stop at Toronto is just around the corner. I'm really excited about the conference because I took up an exciting challenge for myself as a presenter at the Wed Developer track. The challenge has two favors... First is I have been talking about Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] Microsoft Designer: Cinthya Urasaki

    There are about 500 designers working at Microsoft. People in the UX community are often very surprised to hear about it. I think part of it is we haven't given our designers enough opportunities to talk about what they do and what's it like to work as designers at Microsoft. Therefore, I used my spared...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Surface as a Line of Business Platform

    By now many people have seen the capabilities of Microsoft Surface.  If you haven’t, you can check it out here . While it has generated a great deal of buzz for being innovative and compelling, most of the press around it has been focused on the consumer aspect of the platform (for example, being...
  • Blog Post: [Podcast] Microsoft Designer: Jeffrey Dunn

    There are about 500 designers working at Microsoft. People in the UX community are often very surprised to hear about it. I think part of it is we haven't given our designers enough opportunities to talk about what they do and what's it like to work as designers at Microsoft. Therefore, I used my spared...
  • Blog Post: MIX08 - Canada Represents!

    Well, the days have given way to hours with respect to the countdown to this year's edition of MIX, which kicks off on March 5 in Las Vegas. If you're not familiar with the MIX conference, it's an annual event that Microsoft has hosted to celebrate web development, design and user experience as well...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Download Center: Silverlight or not?

    Thanks for Ben's comment to my last post and a reality check! :) The new download center with Silverlight is in its beta, there are a number of usability issues we need to improve on especially that there are no accessibility features in the current version. With that said, the comment got me thinking...
  • Blog Post: CanUX 2007: Intimate and Interactive

    I just finished my two-day CanUX conference in Banff. What a great time! I really enjoyed the intimate and interactive style of the conference. Interactive: Design Slam : create a comprehensive shopping experience for Mobey`s (a food store) to promote healthy eating and improve customer loyalty. Working...
  • Blog Post: User Experience for Architects - Briefing Presentation

    Yesterday I was in Montreal to give a briefing on User Experience for an audience of Architects. It was a fantastic experience and I met a number of great people in the process. The fundamental moral of the presentation was that User Experience is important to the process of designing software solutions...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Resources

    Cross posted at http://davidcrow.ca/article/1637/silverlight-resources I’m about to start building my first Silverlight project. Qixing and I have started compiling a list of publicly available Silverlight materials. I have a couple of hurdles get over in building this application. I find the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: User Experience and Design on Microsoft Homepage

    As a UXA, I'm thrilled to see the culture change that has been going on at Microsoft - from very engineering driven to focusing more on user experience and design process such as the design of Vista desktop and redesign of Office 2007. Here is another example that just makes me smile... :-) "User Experience...
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