Oh yeah, it’s on: welcome to the party, Windows Phone 7 Series.

    Today marks a sea change in Microsoft’s mobile device strategy and how we are going to market in the smartphone space.  This change is fundamental rather than incremental; we have completely re-written the book on how a Windows Phone looks, behaves and interacts with a user.  With the MIX10 opening keynote (you can…


Wait, that’s a Windows Phone?!?

Yesterday was a pretty big day for Microsoft and one that I had been anticipating for a long while.  At the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, we finally unveiled to the world what our next generation of Windows Phones will look and act like – we introduced the Windows Phone 7 Series mobile operating system…


Line of Business Silverlight Apps that Rock

Silverlight, Microsoft’s plug-in for delivering cross-platform Rich Internet Applications (RIA) and experiences has been out for a while now.  The first, JavaScript-only version was released at Microsoft’s MIX07 conference in May of 2007.  Subsequently, Silverlight 2 (the first .NET-enabled version) was released as a go-live technology shortly following the 2008 Beijing Olympics where the beta…


Why I want to try Windows 7 Beta?

After coming back from a week of professional training at Microsoft headquarter Redmond, I finally got a chance today to watch Steve Ballmer’s Pre-CES Keynote. The public availability of Windows 7 Beta was the big announcement, and starting last Friday, everyone can download the Beta to try out. Of course, as a UX designer, I’m…

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Enterprise 2.0 – Midori + SharePoint

My good friends Gene, Jess and team at nForm have finally demonstrated their awesome new project management applicaiton Midori. Midori is built on top of Sharepoint. And uses a completely custom layout engine. Part of Midori is an engine that gives us complete control over SharePoint’s interface and interactions. We’re still refining the interface, but…

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A discussion on user experience in software

In mid-June of this year, I had the privilege to participate in a great discussion on the role of user experience in software today.  The discussion was a podcast for the Canadian IT Managers blog with my colleague Ruth Morton and Danny Riddell, President of San Francisco-based Metaliq. The podcast can be downloaded from Ruth’s…

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User Experience summed up

Mark Relph, our team lead, found this nugget of wisdom on Hugh MacLeod’s blog.  I agree with him – it sums up our mission and why User Experience and Experience First applications are so very important!   I’m actually in the middle of a speaking tour across the country on Rich Interactive Applications (RIAs) and this…


My First TorCHI Meeting

I went to my first TorCHI meeting at Autodesk Toronto office last night. I was also my first time driving to Toronto downtown. Although the driving was a little challenging, the presentation was worth the adventure. The presentation titled “Unnatural User Interfaces” is by Gordon Kurtenbach, director of research at Autodesk. One of his key messages of the…