Many developers are quick to say that the tools provided for the development of Windows Store Applications make Windows 8 the easiest and quickest platform to develop native applications for. In the last few years, many consumers have been quick to voice their opinions about the usability of applications marking a new era where the user can often be the most important part of how an application works.

If you would like to improve the visual and user experience of your application then there is some help at hand.

Microsoft UX Evangelist Andrew Spooner is running day long workshops that will introduce you to the new Windows 8 operating system and the design and UX patterns that exist in Windows Store apps. The day is split into 2 parts. The morning will give you an overview of the Modern UI, explaining the new Windows experience and explaining the design principles that manifest themselves in this new style of application, brought to life using live examples. You will also get a brief introduction to the development environment so you can understand how to download and run sample applications. The afternoon will build upon the essential idea for an app and guide you through the process of turning it into a Windows Store application that will truly shine in the Windows Store.

Who is the workshop for?

This is a non-technical workshop aimed at visual designers and UX designers. Developers who are looking to build a better application experience will also learn a great deal from this workshop.

What should I bring?

Bring paper and pencils for taking notes. Sketch pads will be supplied for the afternoon wire framing exercise and you will be given digital copies of the content at the end of the day. If you can bring a Windows 8 machine (either a PC or a Mac) you can drive yourself through some of the theory in the morning but that is not essential, Andrew will bring Windows 8 touch devices available to share round the room.

What will you learn?

You will learn how to approach application design for Windows 8, what the unique experiences that a user of Windows 8 expects from an application and how you should approach some of the unique features of Windows 8 and bring them to life within your app. You will get an overview of the technical structure of a Windows Store HTML application and the tools that are used to create these applications.

The new round of workshops are free to attend and will be held at The Modern Jago studio in Shoreditch, London and you can register now for the following dates:

· Weds 1st May

· Weds 22nd May

· Thurs 6th June

· Weds 19th June

If you have any questions about these workshops, feel free to contact Andrew on Twitter @andspo