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July 8, 2013

User Experience Design Competency coming to the Microsoft Partner Network

In the past few years, we’ve focused on improving the user experience and design of our platforms, making them more intuitive, familiar and enjoyable to engage with. Our point of view is embodied in the Microsoft design language: we sweat the details of every pixel, we let the OS fade into the background while your ideas and content come to the fore, and we believe in presenting content and controls in a way that is authentically digital.

These design principles enable our partners to create beautiful experiences on the Windows platform, like the Great British Chefs app. We firmly believe that user experience and design are going to be the next big differentiators for Microsoft and, more importantly, for the apps and experiences that you build for your customers.

Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Tami Reller discussed the Windows Store opportunity for developers and partners and announced that in January 2014, the “User Experience Design Competency” for Windows will launch through the Microsoft Partner Network. The competency will provide a way to train your designers and be recognized for your expertise in the Microsoft Design Language and App User Experience on Windows devices. It will ensure that all of our partners have access to the user experience and design foundation necessary to create innovative experiences that engage millions of users on the Windows platform.

To find out more about User Experience and Design on Windows, please visit

Orlando O’Neill, Product Marketing Manager, Windows Apps