Microsoft’s Windows 7 was released about a year and a half ago. Being the direct successor to the much-maligned Windows Vista, 7 had a lot of work to do to regain market confidence and bring forth a compelling experience for users.
And to regain market confidence it did, Windows 7 has been the fastest selling version of Windows ever. Of course, a lot has contributed to that success: sales of new PCs, consumers and businesses converting from Vista or XP, etc.
The Windows 7 user experience is one of utter joy. Windows 7 is fast, efficient and gorgeous to look at. It engages you and makes you feel smart.
So how do you go from the Vista UX, which was basically a glassified version of Windows XP onto the clean, efficient work slate of Windows 7. How do you rewrite the book to make it seem both familiar and new at the same time?
Well, here’s the answer, in a 70 minutes form. This is a video from MIX09, with Stefan Hoefnagels, a Senior UX Designer at Microsoft. Yes, it’s long, but it’s definitely worth it. Plus, if you’re snowed-in (like us peeps in South-Eastern Quebec), it makes for a good, smart distraction.