Microsoft, Apple and Google have all made big announcements at their developer conferences. What do they mean for developers and how we design and build applications?
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A newly-published Microsoft patent supports rumours about the design of its smartwatch.
If you're seeking something more comfortable than a standard-design keyboard, Microsoft has a couple of options that could fit the bill.
Bill Gates has been a hero of mine since I was a kid, but I can't get my head around the idea of him coming back to be more involved in Microsoft...
Microsoft's original Surface with Windows RT earned high praise for its design, but it was a flop in the marketplace. One year later, Microsoft is back with a beefed-up Surface 2. Can this year's model earn the respect that eluded its predecessor?
Microsoft has rearchitected its logo and its Bing.com site to reflect the fact Bing is no longer just a search engine on a Web page.
The console-gaming market is at a major inflection point, but this week Apple was more interested in design geekery than mounting a challenge against Sony and Microsoft in that multi-billion dollar industry. Apple has all the ducks lined up – so why did it just blow its biggest-ever gaming opportunity?
48 hours ago I published a piece about the mistakes I felt Microsoft had made with Windows 8 design. You replied in your droves. Here's a summary of what you shared...
Business buyers who said no to Microsoft's Surface with Windows RT will get a chance to try the Surface with Windows 8 Pro when it goes on sale next month. Will the second time be the charm for Microsoft? Or will businesses pass on the radical tablet/PC design?
Updated: Microsoft is phasing out some of its Expression family of design tools for Windows and Windows Phone. So what's Plan B?
My daughter recently discovered the my Microsoft Surface RT is a perfect device for writing papers and conducting research while also having slick hardware design.
Microsoft has published its Build 2012 developer conference session list, a day before the show is set to kick off. And 'Microsoft Design Language' mentions are all over it.
Apple and Microsoft have a long-running patent deal that acknowledges there's no cloning of the iPhone. Indeed, Windows Phone's approach veers hard away from Apple's iOS and Google's Android.
Microsoft has reportedly dropped the term Metro in favor of "Windows 8" in reference to both its new interface and the apps based upon its design. Metro apps will now be called Windows 8 apps, although not all applications that will run on Windows 8 will be Windows 8 apps.
Google officially shipped the first non-Microsoft browser for Windows 8 today. It's a test release, and it's noteworthy precisely because it doesn't follow any of the Metro design conventions, as IE does. But will Chrome fans really care?
Good things happen when consumer understanding meets enterprise requirements with a partner willing to understand needs. This is how it works.
In a comment that should neither surprise nor excite anyone, Nokia's design chief Marko Ahtisaar (pictured) told a Finnish magazine that the mobile giant is readying a tablet to take on the iPad -- and every other tablet that is taking on the iPad.Ahtisaar says he's spending about a third of his time working on the Nokia slate, which presumably would run Windows 8, given the cell phone company's partnership with Microsoft.
Microsoft has a long way to go to make Windows 8 work on desktops and tablets.
Everyone has an opinion about user interfaces, but most people don't have enough experience to back those opinions up. That phenomenon makes any Mac-versus-Windows debate confusing. But there's a nearly perfect test case to compare Apple and Microsoft UI design philosophies: Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 versus iPhoto '11. I dive in.
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