Office:Mac usability study participants needed for studies beginning in September

Office:Mac 2011 is hitting store shelves in October.  In conjunction with our release, my user experience team will conduct multiple research studies about the new applications to track their usage and usability over time.  Since I have several big studies coming up, I need a lot of new participants! For all of my upcoming studies,…

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Office:Mac 2011 will hit store shelves in October

It’s been a hugely busy few weeks for me, but I have to pop in to share a couple of things about Office:Mac 2011.  It will be available in late October, which is right in line with our earlier statements that we’d be out in time for your holiday shopping pleasure this year.  For more…

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Q&A: What do you think about Office:Mac 2011 being 32-bit?

Via email, I was asked: What are your thoughts about Office 2011 being 32 bit instead of 64 bit? As we announced last week during WWDC, we’re drinking the Cocoa and moving our world in that direction.  Moving to Cocoa is a huge undertaking.  Outlook:Mac is Cocoa, and new features in the rest of the applications…

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Outlook:Mac usability study in Mountain View, California

Are you in the San Francisco Bay Area, available during the week of June 21, and want to help us determine the future of Outlook:Mac?  My team is conducting a usability study for Outlook:Mac.  I need people who meet the following criteria: You use a Mac at work, and your Mac is your primary work…


beta testing vs usability testing

I said in an earlier post that usability testing is not beta testing. The line between beta and usability can get blurred when someone like 37 Signals tells you that you should test in the wild instead of doing a usability study. Here’s what they say about it: Formal usability testing is too stiff. Lab…

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usability testing is not beta testing

Every time that I post that I’m doing usability testing, I always get a flood of email asking about beta testing. Beta testing and usability testing are all but completely unrelated. Usability testing is about just that: testing the usability of an application. Can you figure out how to do something specific? How long does…

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the expert vs newbie fallacy

The idea of the MacRibbon causes consteration amongst some people. The latest example is from the Apple Core blog on ZDNet, which a blog post with the link-bait title Oh the horror! Why is Microsoft pushing the hated Windows Ribbon for Office:Mac? He quotes from my blog post why is Office:Mac getting the Ribbon? There…

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usability participants needed for Outlook:Mac study in March

As we have announced, Outlook is coming to your Mac later this year. My team is working hard on getting everything ready for you. To that end, we’re conducting another usability study of Outlook:Mac. The study will be conducted at my lab in Mountain View, California, during the week of March 22. For this study,…

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Why is Office:Mac getting the Ribbon?

Ever since our announcement last week that we’re bringing the Ribbon to the Mac, I’ve been following various online forums to see what the response has been. I think I could characterise it in three groups: What’s the Ribbon, and why do I care? I’ve used the Ribbon in Windows Office, and I hate it!…

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help us make Mactopia better

Want to help us make Mactopia better? We’re conducting in-person interviews at Macworld 2010. In exchange for an hour of your time at the show, you’ll get $100. If you’re interested in participating, please fill out this questionnaire. Speaking of participating, I still need corporate Messenger:Mac users in the Seattle area who would like to…