Windows 8 UX fundamentals–free virtual training

Metro style apps are the focal point of the user experience on Windows 8 Release Preview. Great Metro style apps share an important set of design traits that provide a consistent, elegant, and compelling user experience.

With the first apps in the Windows Store, it’s exciting to see app designers begin to push the boundaries of the Metro style design principles on Windows 8. There’s plenty of innovation and beautiful apps to come. If you are a developer or designer creating a new user experience for your Metro style app and you want to learn how to get started, this free virtual training is perfect for you.

On 14th June from 9am to 5.30pm PST, the Windows User Experience team is running sessions on how to design great apps that use the platform in cool ways and follow UX guidelines. After the training, you’ll be able to design and build experiences that follow the tenants of great apps, use intuitive information architecture patterns, and use best practices for designing flexible layouts, touch, contracts, and much more.

14th June, 9am-5.30pm PST – event agenda

  • Embracing Metro style design – the principles of designing for Windows 8
  • Less is more: Commanding, information architecture and navigation
  • Be fast and fluid: Designing for touch, mouse and keyboard
  • Be fast and fluid: Animations
  • Snap and scale beautifully: Designing apps with adaptive layouts
  • Using the right contracts
  • Connected and alive – how to design great tiles and notifications
  • Anatomy of an app: case study

After the training, you can view the training any time.

--James Senior, Windows 8 App Guy, @jsenior

Comments (14)

  1. Mark says:

    Will the training be recorded to watch later?


  2. Chad says:

    I think you mean PDT. PST would be one hour different.

  3. James Senior says:

    Hi Mark – yes, we are recording the event and will post later on


  4. Miguel Carrasco says:

    What are the thoughts of the Windows UX team on the terrible user experience between "Desktop Mode" and Metro? Specifically the un-natural, non "fast and fluid" feel when you open pictures, pdf's, and more? What are your thoughts on the incredibly ugly "Classic" icons polluting the Metro Start screen?

    Also what are your thoughts on enterprise customers that will likely never upgrade their applications for years, having to flip to Metro to find everything?

    So many questions, so many UX patterns broken. Will these things be addressed during this webinar?

  5. Jeremy says:

    Anybody receive the link yet for this event? I registered but haven't gotten an email and really need the link.



  6. David Wesst says:

    Does anyone have the link? We were looking forward to this but it's not working.

  7. James Senior says:

    The event is now underway here:

  8. Thorsten W. says:

    I heared about this online video a few mins ago… Sadly this was announced very shortly. Any HD video link? Thanks

  9. the virtual training was fantastic and i came away with a lot more knowledge on how to create a great a design and user experience for my metro apps and got some of my questions answered live during the broadcast which was amazing.  if anyone is starting metro app development and missed this live session i recommend that you watch it online next week because it will really help you understand not only how metro apps work but also how to make the best user experience for your app.

    thanks James and the rest of the team for an amazing day and i hope you do more like this in the future x

  10. Keith G says:

    In the opening slides there was mention of Metro prototyping assets for Balsamiq.  But I have yet to find them at the specified location:

    Or were you merely enticing others to post their own?


  11. Keith – Take a look at the Submissions page:…/grid. If you scroll down you'll find the new Windows 8 assets.

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  13. Shanmukha vanam says:

    Is it to found to read this in doc,pdf etc…of "Windows 8 UX fundamentals"

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