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evolution at work
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines evolution as 'a process of change in a certain direction'. Software evolves, too. You can see some of the evolution of software when you compare one release of software to the next. The software that you see in the wild is the product of a series of evolutionary...
18 Sep 2007
Come and get it! RDC for Mac v2 beta
Today's the day! As Craig (our fearless leader) announced a couple of weeks ago, we have now made a beta of Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac, version 2, available. You can download it from Mactopia (scroll down to get to the RDC v2 beta, it's listed under 'other products'). For me, RDC is...
31 Jul 2007
Here's a secret of software development. You're never actually done with your software. There's always one more feature to add, one more button to tweak, one more change to make. The end of a cycle is an odd time. Everyone is hard at work. The developers are finishing up their features and fixing...
15 Mar 2007
Bay Area Mac users needed again!
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You responded in droves when we last asked for usability test participants! We have another usability study that Bay Area Mac users will be interested in. We’re doing another usability test of new features in both Entourage and PowerPoint. We need users who use Entourage at least once per week and PowerPoint...
22 Dec 2006
A day in the life, usability edition
A few weeks ago, Brad told us what a day in his life is like . Inspired by Brad, here's a day in the life of a user experience researcher. My days are highly variable, depending on whether I'm doing a usability study or not, so I'm not sure if this description is typical of one of my days, let alone...
28 Nov 2006
I put out a call on this blog last week to help me find some users who are Entourage and PowerPoint users. I had lots of responses, and as of right now, that particular study is filled. I want to thank all of you for reading that post, responding to it if you fit my needs for that study, and forwarding...
26 Oct 2006
Bay Area Mac users needed
Edited to add: This study has now been filled. Thanks for signing up! I know that I’ve asked our readers to participate in our usability studies before. I have a very specific need this time, and I’m hoping that you can help me out. I’ve got an upcoming usability study that covers new features...
20 Oct 2006
of babies and bathwater
A couple of weeks ago, Mary gave us a behind-the-scenes look at talking to the press . One of the articles that came from the interview that she talks about is in APC: First details of Office:Mac . In that interview, Mary was kind enough to give usability testing a shout-out. Here's the relevant...
3 Oct 2006
another way to give us feedback
Aside from leaving comments in this blog and the other various MacBU blogs, or sending us feedback on our product feedback website, there's another way to interact with us. Our user experience research team (which includes me) conducts usability tests . In a usability test, we show you a prototype...
6 Sep 2006
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