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The “Consumerization of IT” from the application development perspective reflects yet another aspect to consider in the way applications are designed. Consider the evolution of say MSWord from text based, to graphical toolbar/mouse based, to context based help, all the way to touch and mobile experience. Similar comparisons could be applied to releases of other Microsoft Office applications, Internet Explorer or Windows Live Messenger. Looking from this perspective, there’s a clear trend: More natural user interfaces with obvious, task based functionality requiring less previous knowledge or training from the user point of view, where there is less distraction and interference by the application over the information consumed by the user.
All these aspects also offer opportunities for designers and developers wanting to start fresh!
Check the blog entry Designing for Windows Store User Experience to help your next Windows Store app maximize experience.
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