Microsoft’s New Design Language


July 17, 2012


Surya Vanka




Stewart Tansley from Microsoft Research chairs this session at Faculty Summit 2012.

The tile-based user interface (UI) first showcased for Windows Phone has become the basis of the new look and feel of the experience of most of Microsoft’s products. But this is more than a UI language. It is a set of design principles that have been adopted across the company. What’s the background to this approach?

In this presentation, Vanka talks about the user experience revolution at Microsoft and the emergence of modern experiences. He describes why this approach represents a significant shift away from the stylistic UI approaches that are prevalent across the software industry, and discusses implications of increased attention that this approach is receiving from the academic research community.