World Usability Day is just around the corner.  The overall theme is "Communication" which is vitally important to making usable products.  Microsoft participates in World Usability Day and hosts a number of different talks and activities.  The three areas that will be focused on are: People, User Interface, and Technlogy.  The public is invited to join in person at the Redmond campus or online!  Visit http://www.microsoftwud.com/ to register.

From http://www.worldusabilityday.org/:

What is World Usability Day?

It's about making our world work better.
It's about "Making Life Easy" and user friendly. Technology today is too hard to use. A cell phone should be as easy to access as a doorknob. In order to humanize a world that uses technology as an infrastructure for education, healthcare, transportation, government, communication, entertainment, work and other areas, we must develop these technologies in a way that serves people first…

World Usability Day was founded in 2005 as an initiative of the Usability Professionals' Association to ensure that services and products important to human life are easier to access and simpler to use. Each year, on the second Thursday of November, over 200 events are organized in over 43 countries around the world to raise awareness for the general public, and train professionals in the tools and issues central to good usability research, development and practice.