March 2013 Entries

A forgotten audience?

Earlier this week I had an appointment at the Dutch Microsoft office to talk about people with disabilities and Apps. (You'll have to forgive me: I am Dutch and we don't care that much about being politically 100% correct; we'd rather get our point across than thinking hours and hours about the right term for a person with challenging visibility abilities: we call them blind people, so I will do that here as well. Not being insensitive, I'm just being Dutch). I have to be honest. Although I work ......

Search charm

Now, I am confused. One the rules of Windows Store Apps is that you make extensive use of the available charms. This means you do not add a "Share to FaceBook" button to your app, you don't add a "Print" button to your app and so on. Why? The reason is simple: there are charms available for this and the users know what they are and how to use them. So your app should adhere to this. Now, we all know that some of the apps that Microsoft itself provides do not follow the guidelines themselves. I always ......