Windows Vista Experience Guidelines

Microsoft has made available for download a preliminary draft of the Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines. Delivered as a .PDF file weighing in at some 33.8 MB, the Vista UX Guide is a resource addressed at third-party software developers that are building solutions designed to integrate seamlessly with Microsoft's latest operating system. An integer part […]

Microsoft has made available for download a preliminary draft of the Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines. Delivered as a .PDF file weighing in at some 33.8 MB, the Vista UX Guide is a resource addressed at third-party software developers that are building solutions designed to integrate seamlessly with Microsoft's latest operating system. An integer part of the evolution from Windows XP to Windows Vista went into the redesign of the graphical user interface of the operating system. Windows Aero is in this sense the epitome of the GUI revamping of Vista, an overhaul that has direct implications into the user experience.

And as such, the Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines are offered as a way to ensure "high quality and consistency baseline for all Windows Vista-based applications", in Microsoft's vision. The UX guide for Vista in .PDF format stretches for no less than 763 pages, and it