Microsoft focuses on design to unify separate platforms
Microsoft is making design a key theme as it tries to bring Windows to more screens, spanning phones, PCs, and TVs through Xbox. Not only will deign be a big part of Microsoft's push moving forward, but it will also be instrumental on unifying the different Windows experiences on these separate devices to create a cohesive environment.
With a similar modern Tiles-based UI spanning across various different products, Microsoft's design is often compared to the Bauhaus movement where function is stressed over ornamentation. The similar design philosophy helps to make Xbox, PCs, and Windows Phone appear related. We're already seeing Microsoft inject new design philosophies into old ideas, like the new Metro-inspired Start menu that's being leaked as part of the next iteration of Windows.
Moving forward, we can expect design changes across the various platforms to have similar meanings. As an example of this, former Nike designer and current Microsoft Live Tiles designer Albert Shum says that the "hamburger icon" will undergo some changes to bring consistency across various Microsoft products.
Right now, on Windows Phone, it could represent an expanded menu where more options can be featured. On Xbox One, the same icon can mean "enter" on a virtual keyboard or it can also call up a menu with more options inside select games.
Shum wants the menu to mean the same thing across different devices, so we can probably see some changes here to make the design consistent.
Another feature that will be expanded will be Cortana, which made her debut on Windows Phone 8.1 as Microsoft's digital assistant. Cortana principal designer Kat Holmes says that she is working on expanding Cortana to PCs and Xbox.
The company is already starting this unification with Universal apps, and we can expect more to come. With designers having more leadership and Nadella open to more design ideas, what are you looking forward to seeing on the next versions of Windows and Windows Phone? Are there any design ideas that you think Microsoft should take?
Be sure to read the full design profile on Microsoft's future in the source link below.
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And I own a 3rd Gen iPad, fyi.
I disagree that context is always lost because of full screen apps. I don't want UI elements crowding the data or information I want to see. It is a fine line for sure.
2. Only present the necessary content
3. Maintain context
But no mixing of images please.
I think it's up to the skill of making the mixing awesome. I have great ideas.
They're too old, stale and have no exciting ideas.
Failure to understand the market and priorities will keep on compounding the losses.
All that software firepower --- no Youtube app, Major sports apps, the list goes on and on.
Makes a mockery of the mobile first BS they keep spouting.
No exciting hardware on the horizon.
Piss poor non existent marketing and a top heavy management that cannot get with Gen X let alone Gen Y.
We're witnessing a steady decline. Market share is stagnating and after all this time only 5% worldwide market share if that at all.
Blackberry sponsor Merc F1. The idiots at MS can't even get their name on a budget team let alone a front runner.
Every new announcement is more hot air for Natellas' balloon.
A metro UI where we will have new,way of interactive live ties and much more can be done without opening the app.
Secondly windows8 and above should have the capablity to use it in,best possible manner in terms of apps and program smootly.
On,this case, universality plays a leading role, which is missing.
There are only handful of apps which are universal to use on windows like instapic for instagram, no Pinterest, path.
It would be nice that on a PC with a mouse there wil be livetiles on the desktop. From nokia x they can add the fastllane, it can be integrated just like windows 8 left tumb swipe to look what apps are open/ change apps. I love closing apps swiping all the way down, but I also love the action center? What to do? Intergrade notifications with the fastlane could be a option. The charmsbar would be nice on the phone, maybe it can intergrade with the settings from the action center. They need a new way to open all apps. Ok this are mine thoughts (sorry for the bad english) It will be a hell off a job to intergrade Windows with WP, even more when they add the movement control for the XBOX. We will wait and see