Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Quality is Usability

The importance of early usabilty/beta testing in Office 12 ...

"We have a number of ongoing, long-term projects designed to help us test the overall usability and learning curve of the new Office 12 user interface.

One of the most important tasks has been a full deployment of Office 12 Beta 1 within a local company. We chose a dozen people with all different job types (but none of them computer or software related) and replaced their Office 2003 with Office 12 Beta 1.

On the surface, this doesn't sound that novel. Obviously, if you want to find out how well a product works, you need to get it in front of people. What is unusual is how early we started this study."   continued ...   (Via Jensen Harris )

Office 12 Interface. - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Office 12 Interface.


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