Windows 8 - 10 design tips for a first-class application

It’s gone, the familiar Windows desktop. Your journey ‘where you want to go today’ will start from now on with a touch-centric tiled start screen that relegates the desktop we were familiar with for decades to a secondary role.

The overwhelming success of tablets and their increasing importance in our daily lives played a crucial role in the development of Windows 8. However, Windows 8 is not a polished up carbon copy of its competitors. Compared to Google or Apple, Microsoft approaches user interface and user experience design in a fundamentally different way. The Redmond-based company has shaken off its tradition of minor incremental changes to its user interface in favor of a completely new design language that merges desktop and tablet experience into one.

Windows 8 is one operating system (OS) that runs on desktops and tablets, touch and non-touch devices facilitating users to switch between their Windows 8 devices without being disrupted in their experience or activities. Windows 8 aims at delivering a unified user experience across platforms and devices.

But what does this paradigm shift mean for designing new applications for Windows 8? We’ll give you 10 tips to get you started.

Published on: 02/05/13
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Author:Human Interface Group
Human Interface Group

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