Microsoft's Inductive User Interface (IUI)?

1 Jul 2007 - 8:22pm
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russwilson
2005

Hmmm... I'm not sure what they think they've invented?
Am I missing something?

http://blogs.pathf.com/uxd/2007/06/msdn-the-micros.html

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1 Jul 2007 - 9:03pm
Will Parker
2007

On Jul 1, 2007, at 6:22 PM, Wilson, Russell wrote:

> Hmmm... I'm not sure what they think they've invented?
> Am I missing something?
>
> http://blogs.pathf.com/uxd/2007/06/msdn-the-micros.html

Well, as one of the comments on the article you referenced pointed
out, the original MSDN article on Inductive User Interface design was
posted in February '01. Here's the original MS article: http://
msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms997506.aspx

I must admit, that quite ancient article looks like someone trying
rather hard to dress up Microsoft Bob in a business suit. However,
let's give MS the benefit of the doubt and presume they've learned a
thing or two in the past 6 years ... even if their stock price
doesn't give any such indication.

What I _would_like to see are some links to good foundational
articles on current MS interaction design thinking. I've been
following the Office and Vista UI design blogs, but I'd welcome any
pointers to additional work.

- Will

Will Parker
wparker at ChannelingDesign.com

“I wish developing great products was as easy as writing a check. If
that were the case, then Microsoft would have great products.” -
Steve Jobs

1 Jul 2007 - 9:55pm
Richard Czerwonka
2005

I tried this once (IUI) and it actually works well, in certain circumstances. I wrote a
program for my boss that he uses for a few minutes, once a month. Instead of
relearning the application each time, he pretty much just follows the instructions now.

I would not use it for an application that is used every day. It would become irritating
once you became proficient.

On 1 Jul 2007 at 19:03, Will Parker wrote:

> On Jul 1, 2007, at 6:22 PM, Wilson, Russell wrote:
>
> > Hmmm... I'm not sure what they think they've invented?
> > Am I missing something?
> >
> > http://blogs.pathf.com/uxd/2007/06/msdn-the-micros.html
>

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2 Jul 2007 - 1:09am
Will Parker
2007

On Jul 1, 2007, at 7:55 PM, Richard (ENT Technologies) wrote:

> I tried this once (IUI) and it actually works well, in certain
> circumstances. I wrote a
> program for my boss that he uses for a few minutes, once a month.
> Instead of
> relearning the application each time, he pretty much just follows
> the instructions now.
>
> I would not use it for an application that is used every day. It
> would become irritating
> once you became proficient.

Wizard-like hand-holding, as appears to be the main thrust of the
MSDN article, is fine for seldom-used functionality, but I really
wasn't kidding about the Microsoft Bob influence shown in that document.

I vividly remember being tasked with doing a quick support-oriented
analysis of Microsoft Bob for the other folks on a retail tech
support team back in the early '90s. After I noted that it took no
less than seventeen clicks to re-save an existing file after editing
it, we decided word of mouth would soon kill any potential spike in
support incidents. We were correct, too - the only support calls
involved how to get the bloody thing uninstalled.

- Will

Will Parker
wparker at ChannelingDesign.com

“I wish developing great products was as easy as writing a check. If
that were the case, then Microsoft would have great products.” -
Steve Jobs

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