Visual Studio

  • Published:
    October 31, 2013
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  • Technology:
    Microsoft Visual Studio 2012
  • Credit toward certification:
    MCP, Microsoft Specialist

Windows UX Design

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Skills measured

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Principles of Windows design (5‒10%)

Describe the Windows 8 design language

Select a “Great At” statement, user flows and features

Navigation (5‒10%)

Describe the navigation patterns in Windows 8

Design a flat navigation pattern

Design a hierarchical navigation pattern

Layout and UI elements (20‒25%)

Distinguish between content and chrome

Describe panning and types of panning

Describe the purpose of a grid and how to use a grid

Apply typography and branding guidelines

Describe the built-in UI elements

Design an app bar

Snapping and scaling (10‒15%)

Describe the considerations for designing for different screen sizes and resolutions

Design for snapped state

Design for portrait view

Charms, contracts, and extensions (10‒15%)

Design for the settings, search and share contracts

Design a File Picker

Tiles and notifications (10‒15%)

Describe tiles

Design tile notifications and badges

Describe the design considerations for using tiles

Describe toast notifications

Design a splash screen

Touch and animation (5‒10%)

Describe the Windows 8 touch language

Describe the guidelines for touch design

Describe the guidelines for using animations

Apply the Windows 8 animation library

Accessibility and globalization (10‒15%)

Design for accessibility

Describe the guidelines for designing a global application

Windows Store (5‒10%)

Design an application for monetization

Publish an app to the Windows Store

Who should take this exam?

Candidates for this exam are partners who design the user experience for Windows applications.

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