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User Interface News & Analysis

Sitecore Takes on the Competition with Version 8 #SYMNA


With about 1,000 digital marketing vendors competing in an arms race, Sitecore's CEO made it clear today that he intends to be among the superpowers.

Michael Seifert complained at the start of the Sitecore Symposium that the current chaos among vendors isn't serving marketers.

"Frankly, I think it's getting absurd," he told the throng of customers who've come to Las Vegas for the show. "Marketing technology is starting to fail the marketer ... Each digital marketing tool is limited to the channel on which it operates."

The Missing Link in SharePoint Site Usability

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.

SharePoint Social vs. Yammer - With User Interfaces, Looks Can Kill

Social Business,SharePoint Social vs. Yammer - With User Interfaces, Looks Can KillOne 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.

Usability Expert Jakob Nielsen Addresses the Speedy Problem of 'Too Fast' UIs

customer experience, usability, jakob nielsonWe’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.

Remember Microsoft's Metro? It May Be Extinct

Remember Metro, the tile-based interface in Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8? Well, that name may already be extinct.

Will End Users Buy Into the New SharePoint 2013 Interface?

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.

Infragistics' NetAdvantage for SharePoint Turns Data Into Actionable Interfaces

infragistics logo 6612.pngTurn 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.

Microsoft Selling the Windows 8 Experience

win8logo.bmp 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.

Successful Software Starts with Scalable Design, UX

Oreilly_effective UI software.jpgLast 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.

Clicktale: 3 Types of Analytics for Usability Testing

clicktale_Logo.jpgA 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.

Perspectives on iPad Usability: No Need for Scaled-up iPhone

Jakob Nielsen's report on web users

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.

Gartner: Mobile User Experience to Drive Design of Web Apps

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.

The Difference Between Usability and User Experience

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.

Minding Your Vocabulary Leads to Superior Design

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.

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