27 Sep 2007 - 3:43pm
D'Andrea Turner...

JOB: User Researcher - 173850, Redmond, WA - Microsoft Corporation - Full Time

Company: Microsoft Corporation
Location: Redmond, WA
Position: User Researcher - 173850
Duration: Full Time

The Windows and Windows Live XDR UX Research group needs a lead to drive making Windows client and services world class user experiences. The mission for Windows & Windows Live XDR is to think end to end about the experience and both broad and deep.

17 Sep 2007 - 12:16pm
8 years ago
53 replies

Microsoft's Ribbon?

A while back, there was a lot of chatter about the MS Ribbon... but around
patenting issues. Since Office 2007 has been out for some time now, I'm
surprised that I haven't seen a whole lot of mention (or complaining!) about
this new paradigm here, considering MS has basically attempted to redefine
the desktop UI from the weathered (and tired?) pull-down menu method to a
whole new task-based "right tools at the right time" approach.


I'd love to hear people's thoughts on their use of the Ribbon in various
Office products.

Granted, it's a shift, and that requires learning.

20 Jun 2007 - 5:35pm
9 years ago
5 replies

Surface parody

Given the recent discussion, I thought some of you might enjoy this
parody of the MS Surface promo clip.


Lonny L. Chu, Ph.D.

Furiant Consulting
lonny at
(650) 248-3910

30 May 2007 - 10:07pm
9 years ago
15 replies
Chris Bernard

Microsoft Surface (Who Made It)

Some people have asked on this list how Microsoft Surface was created and who worked on it, with specific inquiries into Bill Buxton. Bill has consulting on the project since about 2004 (About a year before he came into Microsoft.

30 May 2007 - 6:53am
6 years ago
56 replies
Håkan Reis

What do you think of Microsoft Surface

I find there are quite a few interesting concepts here, especially the
interaction with "real" objects. The clips in the third video is the most
- Placing a camera on top of the desk and move images to you portable
- Browsing your media files and drop them on the media player.
- Pay for things by dropping the items on the physical credit cards.

/ Håkan

Håkan Reis
Dotway AB

Phone: +46 (768) 51 00 33

18 May 2007 - 6:22pm
9 years ago
7 replies
Dave Malouf

Microsoft Pays $6B for Online Ad Company

I'd love to hear people's thoughts, especially from the fishies among
us about this deal.
I was speaking w/ a microsofty today about this and he is convinced
this is the new beginning of advertising. My take on it was more
personal. Razorfish has been a major organ (can't quite say it is the
heart) of the NYC/Silicon Alley UX scene for close to 10 years if not
10 years. It is hard to imagine that this organization is falling under
the umbrella of Microsoft. Will it still maintain it's brand? And
worse, will it still keep its NYC edge and connections?

17 May 2007 - 6:49pm
9 years ago
10 replies
Dan Saffer

Microsoft's Next-Gen PC Winners Announced


“This year’s competition winners have envisioned a brave new world of
computing,” says Kevin Eagan, general manager of Microsoft’s Original
Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) Marketing Group.

28 Nov 2006 - 12:48pm
9 years ago
9 replies
Dave Malouf

Critiquing the Office 2007 (was Re: Microsoft to license Office 2007 UI system)

Todd Zaki Warfel wrote:

> Whereas web-based apps are starting to look and perform more and more
> like desktop applications, this is going the other direction - a
> desktop app looking like and operating like a web-app.

22 Nov 2006 - 5:58pm
9 years ago
47 replies
Gabriel White

Microsoft to license Office 2007 UI system

"Today, we're announcing a licensing program for the 2007 Microsoft
Office system user interface which allows virtually anyone to obtain a
royalty-free license to use the new Office UI in a software product,
including the Ribbon, galleries, the Mini Toolbar, and the rest of the
user interface."

I've never heard of anyone licensing a UI system before (separate from
a software system).

Is there any precedent for this? Can Microsoft actually require
licensing of the UI? Is it enforceable?

20 Sep 2005 - 8:59am
10 years ago
8 replies
Wendy Fischer

Microsoft enters the interactive design market

>From the website:

Microsoft Unveils Expression Family of Designer Tools

New tools to accelerate business opportunity by reducing the complexity and cost of delivering richer user experiences on the Web and Windows Vista platform.

LOS ANGELES -- Sept 14th, 2005 -- Today at the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference 2005 (PDC05), Eric Rudder, senior vice president, Servers and Tools at Microsoft Corp., introduced Microsoft® Expression, a

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