If you’d like to get the chance to participate in an API usability study and give
us your feedback about Avalon, Indigo, WinFS or other APIs, sign up as a usability
participant at http://www.microsoft.com/usability/.
We’re running studies fairly regularly (for example, next week we are running studies
on the Avalon Sidebar API and on the new C++ on .Net syntax). For each study, participants
normally come into the labs on the Microsoft campus for anywhere between 2 and 4 hours
and work on a number of tasks using a specific API. We get great feedback from people
while watching them work. As a token of our appreciation, participants get to choose
one or two pieces of software (depending on how long their session is) from a list of
software that includes Visual Studio .Net if you come in for a developer study.
We tend to do most of our studies here on the main campus in Redmond, WA, but I’d
encourage people to sign up even if you don’t live anywhere near here. We always try
to set up usability studies wherever and whenever a major conference takes place.
For example, there were a number of usability studies that took place in LA during
the PDC. So, if you’re interested, please sign
up and help us improve the quality of our products.