Why do MS apps not adhere to the UX guidelines?

Category: windows metro apps ui


phil_ke on Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:29:22

I really wonder... they should be posterchilds of the new environment, yet they have so many design glitches. The Settings UX guidelines say that entry points that open the webbrowser should have a "(online)" next to them. None of the MS apps does that.

I just hope that when our apps do not follow the guidelines that strict, they will still pass store cert?


saramgsilva on Fri, 12 Oct 2012 22:18:08

The UX guidelines are only guidelines, you should follow it but the important is the certification requirements:

Certification requirements

App submission checklist

See this too:

Windows App Certification Kit

For pass in certification process you need to respect the certification requirements!

There are another applications that not follow the guidelines. But for us is good to have a guide for develop the applications.

Sara Silva

d fowler on Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:03:55

Guidelines aren't rules. There are application and touch behaviors that you should adhere to like putting things in Charms. You should look at the guidelines and examples as a starting point and not as a step by step rule. 

phil_ke on Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:53:29

Its just confusing that the teams at MS (again) do not seem to care much for their own guidelines. For instance the selection/global buttons order are there for a reason. So that every app behaves the same and users do not confused. Look at the mail app. It has all the global commands and selection commands reversed.

saramgsilva on Sun, 21 Oct 2012 10:04:59

I donĀ“t agree. Each application has theirs rules, layout, design and so one and sometimes is not possible to follow the guidelines, like the name say is only guidelines. The points in certification requirements is main points you need to follow, all application need to pass in that points.

And the guidelines are created to help developers to start their application and understand what is the idea for the development. The guidelines have some good points about UX and is good for us, i read it and i worked in some application i tried to follow it but sometimes in my apps i need to say, no in this point my app cannot follow the guidelines.

Maybe the best thing is:

create your idea, draw your  application in a paper, page by page... Before you start the development read points about guidelines because it will learn you about some points related with UX. See other applications for example. But think one thing, there is not application that follow guidelines in 100%. :)