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  • Blog Post: Creating a Great User Experience

    By Gemma Yussuf , Microsoft Technical Evangelist As a developer, you need to consider the importance of user experience, it is not all about how an app looks within its design but more around how the user navigates and interacts with the application, put the user first considering how they feel whilst...
  • Blog Post: 8 Great Reasons to Design for Windows Phone 8

    By Gemma Yussuf, Microsoft This article focuses on the fundamentals one must consider when designing for Windows Phone 8, highlighting why this is the platform that offers designers the opportunity to create new, exciting and innovative apps. The 8 reasons below will help you understand why this platform...
  • Blog Post: Designing your Share Charm experience on Windows 8

    Every web page, app, café and even individual cans of drink now provide you with the ability to ‘share’ your current experience. Tell your friends on Facebook that you’re in a castle in Wales exploring the medieval dungeon (I did...
  • Blog Post: Event: Windows 8 design and UX workshops

    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...
  • Blog Post: Forrester’s study reaffirms Internet Explorer’s choice for business

    We are happy to share the findings of Forrester Consulting, who evaluated considerations that IT managers weigh when deciding on a browser and whether to support or allow the use of nonstandard browsers. Forrester’s Business Case for Standardizing on a Single Modern Browser in the Enterprise is now available...
  • Blog Post: Event: Tools for Windows 8 - Tips & Tricks on Visual Studio 2012 to inspire beautiful app development

     
  • Blog Post: Steve Ballmer & UK developers talk beautiful apps on @Windows8

    A bunch of developers and designers got up close and personal with Steve Ballmer (yep, Steve Ballmer!) earlier this month at Modern Jago , Microsoft's new collaboration space in Shoreditch, East London. The event showcased some of the best examples of the Windows 8 design and user interface, aka “…the...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Tips & Gotcha’s when designing Windows 8 Apps

    I sat down this week with Dave Crawford and got him to do a quick brain dump of his top tips and gotcha’s that he sees regularly when reviewing Windows 8 Apps that have been submitted in the UK for the Windows 8 App store. Dave and his team review all the apps that UK developers submit for the UK app...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll: Design & UX

    <a href="https://saraallison.wufoo.com/forms/z7p9s9/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> View the Results
  • Blog Post: Top Tip: Using CSS Sprites for responsive images

    This top tip was provided by Ian Haynes In this article Maykell Loomens discusses using the technique for solving issues with high density displays (Retina etc.) but it may be possible to use the technique for responsive images in general. Interesting. http://miekd.com/articles/using-css-sprites-to-optimize...
  • Blog Post: Learning: Windows 8 UX Virtual Training

    Apps are the focal point of the user experience on Windows 8 Release Preview. Great apps share an important set of design traits that provide a consistent, elegant, and compelling user experience. With the first apps in the Windows Store, it’s exciting to see app designers begin to push the boundaries...
  • Blog Post: Top Tip: Web Design Localisation Tip

    Today’s top tip is all about design and it comes from Dave Sussman. Smashing Magazine is a great resource for anyone interested in Web design, and while the articles aren't always programming based, they are always interesting. The articles vary from customer interaction, responsive design, graphics...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: MVVM in C++/CX

    David Britch is a Senior Technologist at Content Master , and for the past year has been working on a number of projects with the patterns & practices group at Microsoft. David has authored and contributed to a range of recent software development publications including books, guidance documentation...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: 25 Years On - Microsoft have a new Logo!

    Would you believe it, Microsoft have had the same logo for 25 years and they have chosen today to unveil a shiny new design! This new design comes at a time where we are releasing a range of new technologies and hooks into the consistent design used in this. The look and feel is all about new beginnings...
  • Blog Post: How to: Design a business application - MicroFinance

    by Gemma Darracott We recently embarked on a proof of concept project to create a business web application using some of the latest technologies such as Windows Azure and HTML5 and see if we could combine these technologies with great design to produce an awesome experience for the end user. You...
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