User interface and usability according to Microsoft

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Microsoft
January 10th, 2007 • 11:16 am

Gotta love Microsoft. I know it’s just a marketing manager (Sheridan Jones) speaking, but still:

“We really worked hard on the user interface of Office 2008 for Mac, but we worked just as hard on enhancing the usability.”

So according to her, you can work on the user interface without actually working on usability? You can change the user interface without affecting usability? Interesting… Very interesting…

That says a lot about what “user interface” means for Microsoft engineers, doesn’t it? As far as I can tell, what “user interface” really refers to in this statement and in Microsoft’s thinking is the visual appearance of the user interface. So what Ms. Jones is saying is that Microsoft worked really hard on the visual appearance of the applications, but also on usability.

Phew. That’s a relief. For a moment, the threat was that Microsoft would have worked on the visual appearance of the applications without any consideration of their actual usability. Imagine that.

2 Responses to “User interface and usability according to Microsoft”

  1. Arden says:

    At least we won’t be seeing anything like the Ribbon in the Windows version. I got that on good authority straight from the MacBU engineers during Macworld yesterday.

  2. Pierre Igot says:

    Yeah… I am still afraid of what we will get, however. Probably more non-standard stuff, if history is any indication.

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