On a Cloud: Improving User Experiences

Jef King
Jef King

User Experience with Data Latency Here is a fairly simple technique that can really enable your company to focus on the most important areas of your application; by taking the user experience to heart, and understanding which components are critical, you can more easily hit the critical SLA’s that your application needs to meet to…


Getting fit with MSBand and an alien wins Sheridan College students first place for User Experience!

A team of students from Sheridan college took first place in the world wide innovation User Experience category of Imagine Cup with Qfit Quest for Fitness, a fitness application for MS Band. In this post they share some insights into how they approached the user experience to earn their first place $3000 USD prize! What…


Canadian students answer the question “What can we do?”

Canadian students are making an impact with their winning ideas and projects in the 2015 Imagine Cup challenges. Discover what students from Queens, Sheridan, and other schools in Canada have developed, and maybe you will be inspired to bring your own ideas to life! “The real question that needs to be asked as well as…


It’s not the device, nor the UI. It’s the experience that differentiates.

We’ve all heard the term “Consumerization of IT” (or “Bring Your Own Device”).  Most of us have seen the disruptive power this concept has within the enterprise, both for good and for bad.  But how do you take advantage of this concept with your apps?  How do you make sure that your software serves its…


You need to control yourself when adding controls to mobile UIs

By now, most people have realized (in theory) that recreating a PC-based app (or web app) is not exactly the right idea for mobile apps.  In practice, however, it is clear that this is not as easy as it sounds.  When you’re building an app that has no history on the PC or web, building…


Designing for Success (through User Experience)

Last week, I was at Prairie Dev Con and had the pleasure of sitting in on David Alpert’s sessions on user experience called Design for Success. I found it fascinating that such an important part of an application never really gets the attention that it deserves, and most times, overlooked entirely. This is very bad,…


THIS is How You Do It: The USGA Golf Score App for Windows Phone 7

One of the tricky things about helping developers build for a platform that has yet to be released is that it’s a tabula rasa. There’s no history, which is both blessing and curse: we developers get to make that history, but at the same time, we’re working in the dark. There are no examples to…


A Touchy Subject

I think that we – and by we, I mean we developers and developer evangelist types at Microsoft – get touch and tablets, or slates, or pads, or whatever you’d like to call them, better than the Ars Technica article Ballmer (and Microsoft) still doesn’t get the iPad (written by Peter Bright and posted in…

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Ten Things You Need to Know About Design

What you see above is a slide from Jason Putorti’s slide deck titled 10 Things CEOs Need to Know About Design. Don’t let the title throw you off: everything in the presentation is even more important for developers because we actually make the things our customers use. If you decide to commit only one of…