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…

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UX Design and Research Training at Microsoft

  UX community within Microsoft is growing rapidly. Both UX designers and researchers play important roles in product development just as our mission states: “We seek to create products that people will love.” So, what’s the training available for new UX hires that can help them become effective UX professionals working in high-speed product teams…

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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…

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Guest Post: MIX09 Inspirations: Back to the Drawing Board

From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies, including Silverlight and the Windows…

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Guest Post: MIX09 Day 2: “Return on Experience”

From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies, including Silverlight and the Windows…

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Guest Post: MIX09 Day 1: The “Software” in “Software + Services”

From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies, including Silverlight and the Windows…

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Bringing UX to Developers – .NET Users Group Presentation

I had the opportunity to present at the Metro Toronto .NET User Group last Wednesday. Even it was the first snow of the winter in GTA, but there were still more than 40 people showed up to listen to my talk on "Building for People: 5 Practical Tips for Creating Great User Experience." I was…

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Happy World Usability Day!

Happy World Usability Day everyone! This year’s theme is "Transportation." There are tons of webcasts on the World Usability Day website and a message from Bill Gates. We have the following WUD events in Canada. Listen to a webcast or attending an event near you. Let’s celebrate!! Conférence Journée mondiale de l’utilisabilité «Transport» / Montréal-Québec…

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Cozying Up to Silverlight Controls at TechDays

Now the words are out about TechDays and the first stop at Toronto is just around the corner. I’m really excited about the conference because I took up an exciting challenge for myself as a presenter at the Wed Developer track. The challenge has two favors… First is I have been talking about Silverlight as…

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[Podcast] Microsoft Designer: Cinthya Urasaki

There are about 500 designers working at Microsoft. People in the UX community are often very surprised to hear about it. I think part of it is we haven’t given our designers enough opportunities to talk about what they do and what’s it like to work as designers at Microsoft. Therefore, I used my spared…

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