User Interface News & Analysis
| Tuesday Nov 19, 2013
The topic of SharePoint site usability never grows old. With every new version of SharePoint that comes out, Microsoft has touted that it is extremely intuitive and easy to use, and judging from the number of licenses sold, many organizations seem to have bought into this myth. What they are not told is what it actually takes to make SharePoint sites user-friendly.
| Thursday Aug 15, 2013
One year on from their acquisition of Yammer, Microsoft have proudly announced that over 85% of Fortune 500 companies have now deployed both SharePoint and Yammer. Other figures, including a user base growth of 55 percent and a paid network growth of over 200 percent have also been publicized.
| Tuesday Jul 9, 2013
We’ve all complained about interfaces that load too slowly, but what about when, in this age of high-performance devices and super-fast connections, they perform too quickly? The user experience firm Nielsen Norman Group has been thinking about this new wrinkle.
| Tuesday Aug 7, 2012
Remember Metro, the tile-based interface in Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8? Well, that name may already be extinct.
| Monday Aug 6, 2012
So what do we think of the new Metro (oops ... we can’t use that word anymore, can we? It is now "Windows 8 style UI") stylings in SharePoint 2013? Like it? Love it? I’ll be honest, I’m not sure. I’m not sure end users are going to enjoy it.
| Thursday Jun 7, 2012
Turn Sharepoint into a data dashboard without writing code. That’s the goal of the new NetAdvantage for SharePoint 2012 Volume 1, announced by design and user experience software company Infragistics.
| Tuesday May 22, 2012
Windows 8 is a big complicated product, but one that Microsoft hopes will be simple and fun for users to work with. Trying to get that message across has seen several new posts from the company's Windows 8 blog.
| Monday Jun 21, 2010
Last week O’Reilly Media hosted an online webinar about effective user interfaces. The online seminar featured John McRee, User Experience Architect and author of the book, Effective UI: The Art of Building Great User Experience in Software.
| Monday May 24, 2010
A few weeks ago we took a look at the free tools available for conducting usability testing. While free is always welcome, using free products or services can have limitations. When looking at paid options, however, making a decision can be complicated. Recently we had the opportunity to talk with Clicktale, one of the major players in the usability game, about their product, its features and how it can help companies improve their site’s design and user experience.
| Wednesday May 12, 2010
Usability expert, Jakob Nielsen has finally reviewed the iPad and offered his perspective of the magical tablet’s usability.
Although he immediately acknowledges that “from an interaction design perspective, an iPad user interface shouldn't be a scaled-up iPhone UI,” Nielsen compares its functionality to the iPhone and talks about what focus groups are saying.
| Wednesday Mar 17, 2010
One day the mobile interface will influence everything from the way we collaborate, communicate and design. According to Gartner’s five social software predictions for 2010 and beyond, the mobile web will change the way we think about user engagement, work spaces and the PC-based web.
| Tuesday Mar 16, 2010
As long as there’s been an Internet, the discussion between user experience and usability has been explored. Although they are conceptually linked, taken separately, they highlight different elements of the human-computer interaction.
Yet in these days of advanced user interfaces, from mobile devices to e-readers to tablets, has the line between user experience and usability blurred? And if so, what does it mean for web standards and design? We examine their distinctions, roles and implications in an effort to answer these questions.
| Wednesday Aug 15, 2007
Why can’t people just get along? And even more importantly, why can’t everyone just see things MY way?
Of course I jest (no, really) — but in the Web world, disagreements in the enterprise often arise from subjective intuition; that is, one’s visceral reaction to that not-so-lovely green on the homepage, or to serif fonts, for example.