MIX09: Designing the Windows 7 Desktop Experience

Posted in Conferences, Operating Systems, Companies, Graphics on April 16, 2009


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The new Windows 7 desktop experience, including the new taskbar and Aero Snap, is both a major user experience change for Windows and an early success story. How did we go about evolving pieces of UI that haven't seen major change since 1995? Come hear about our design process and see the evolution of the design through sketches and prototypes. Find out about our challenges and learn how we used iteration, developer collaboration and design principles to increase customer satisfaction and enthusiasm.

Stephan Hoefnagels

Stephan Hoefnagels is a Senior UX Designer on the Windows team and is one of the key designers behind many of the new Windows 7 desktop features including the new taskbar, Aero Peek and Aero Snap. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2004, Stephan spent some time at Philips in the Netherlands, and Hewlett-Packard in the UK. Stephan received his master’s degree cum laude in Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology in 2003.

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Tags: Conferences, OS, Windows, Microsoft, Design, usability, Windows 7, Companies, MIX09, Full Breakout