Remember the old days of WordPerfect? I was a WP whiz when I was in school, mostly because I could remember all the key sequences that would let me use the features really efficiently. I don't even think there was a mouse with it - it was all key strokes. Oh yeah, and before that it was WordStar. On the Apple II if I'm not mistaken. Now those were user interfaces!
We've come a long way since then. Consider Microsoft Surface technology and all the possibilities it represents.
Technology is advancing in a way that allows software developers and designers to work hand in hand to create better and more intuitive user experiences. Design can have a direct impact on the end user's productivity and be the differentiating factor between one company's software and their competitor's. A well designed interface can enhance a client's online experience with your company, improve the efficiency of your staff and decrease the number of human errors in a given task.
Join me as I talk to Danny Riddell from Metaliq Inc., and Paul Laberge from Microsoft Canada on how the user experience is changing with regards to software development and some of the technologies that are making this happen.
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