User Interface Guidelines for Windows Development


I get this question a bit, and it was asked again today on the Stanski list: “Where can I find UI guidelines for Windows Development?”

Microsoft sites:

For Vista: http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/uxguide (see also http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/prodinfo/top10/default.aspx)

For XP: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnwue/html/welcome.asp

Note that the XP link has a big graphic that says something like “Buy This Book!”. You don’t have to buy the book, it’s all online. But if you want hard copy, then that’s available too.

You should also look at the SSW site:

http://www.ssw.com.au/ssw/Standards/Rules/RulesToBetterInterfaces.aspx

Comments (2)

  1. Paul Stovell says:

    Hi Andre, thanks for collecting those links together. I’m also a fan of the Shell Blog: http://shellrevealed.com/blogs/shellblog/default.aspx

    They talk a lot about the Vista UI design and reasoning behind it as well as the odd posts on implementation details. A lot of traffic but a good read.