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2013 Engineering Excellence Award Winners

Our Engineering Awards are some of the highest achievements for Microsoft engineering employees worldwide. The awards recognize and reward those exemplifying excellence in engineering across Microsoft, through tools, processes, practices, and results. The awards recognize excellence in driving efficiency and results, optimizing the business through cost or process savings, leveraging existing technologies or processes across divisional boundaries, and designing innovative and novel solutions to address engineering challenges.

2013 Trustworthy Computing Award Winners

The Trustworthy Computing awards recognize those individuals who exemplify the principles of Trustworthy Computing, making significant contributions to privacy, security, and reliability, such as through technology innovation, excellence in business practices, enhanced business value, and increased customer trust, in four categories: Privacy, Reliability, Security and Trustworthy Computing all-up.

Back (L to R): Jeremy Jobling, Todd Kelley, Steve Herbst. Front (L to R): Kristie Fisher, Michael Medlock, John Suciu.

Planning and Design Excellence Award

UI Tenets + Traps

UI Tenets + Traps is about more than implementing UI design best practices, it’s about doing so in a way that takes into account customizations and modifications necessary to make it “stick” with the culture of any given team. Application of UI Tenets + Traps has delivered significant bottom-line impact for Microsoft by allowing teams to reduce staffing costs, reduce user testing-related costs, speed UI-related decision-making, and reduce barriers to customer adoption by preventing poor design choices.

UI Tenets + Traps (or "T+Ts") is a heuristic evaluation tool distilled from 80+ years of user interface research and best practices. It is used to systematically improve the quality of UI design earlier in the product life cycle by facilitating detection and resolution of potentially costly usability problems. T+Ts are unique among UI heuristic tools, of which there are many, in their explicit linking of detection criteria for UI problems (Traps) to generalizable principles of human perception, cognition, memory, and ergonomics (Tenets). Tenets describe general attributes of good interface design. Traps describe common problems that degrade this goodness. Reduce Traps and the user experience gets better!

Engineering Award Recipients

YEAR
AWARD
HONOREE
2013
Engineering Excellence
UI Tenets + Traps
2013
Engineering Excellence
CHIP: Self-Service Business Dashboard & Insight Solution
2013
Engineering Excellence
Analysis Based Selection (ABS)
2013
Trustworthy Computing
MSR – OSD ScopeScan
2013
Trustworthy Computing
NetWiser
2013
Trustworthy Computing
Microsoft Account Two-Step Verification
2013
Trustworthy Computing
Language Quality Game Version 2
2012
Engineering Excellence
2012
Engineering Excellence
2012
Engineering Excellence
2012
Trustworthy Computing
2012
Trustworthy Computing
2012
Trustworthy Computing
2012
Trustworthy Computing
2011
Engineering Excellence
2011
Engineering Excellence
2011
Engineering Excellence
2011
Trustworthy Computing
2011
Trustworthy Computing
2011
Trustworthy Computing
2011
Trustworthy Computing
2011
Trustworthy Computing