Microsoft Launches User Experience Kit at SXSW

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-03-15

At the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Microsoft launched its new User Experience Kit.

In a March 12 blog post on the Microsoft Silverlight team blog, Microsoft said the "Microsoft User Experience Kit is targeted at technical and creative leads who want to better understand the tools, technologies, and scenarios that span Microsoft's User Experience ecosystem.  Key topics range from 'Building Immersive Multi-channel Solutions using Expression Studio' to 'High fidelity and high Performing Desktop Touch Applications using Windows 7' to 'Web Branding and Audience Targeting using SharePoint.'"

Christian Thilmany is a User Experience Architect for Microsoft's Developer & Platform Evangelism Team, said in a post: "The Microsoft User Experience Kit is targeted at technical and creative leads who require the latest in Microsoft's User Experience collateral spanning much off the Microsoft 'stack.' The kit is organized by those categories currently driving scenarios most common to most creative agencies and user experience influencers mapping Microsoft artifacts to those scenarios. There are many technology specific repositories but nothing that helps 'map' the Microsoft ecosystem, technology, and tools stack to that of the user experience, agency and creative world..."

Moreover, according to the Silverlight team blog:

"Included in the UX Kit is a range of collateral and resources including: videos, reference implementations, sample code, live demos, installable tools, presentations, whitepapers and more. Featured technologies include Silverlight, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows 7 Touch, Microsoft Surface, Windows Phone, SharePoint, Expression Studio, and Microsoft Advertising. Topics covered on the kit range from Rich Media Delivery using Silverlight and Deep Zoom to Multi-Channel Digital Marketing using Windows 7, SharePoint, Windows Phone, and Surface."

The Microsoft User Experience Kit's contents can be browsed online or downloaded for offline use.  It includes videos, presentations, sample code, and much more. Get the kit at

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