Great read on the thinking behind Microsoft's modern design strategy. My 30 second take:
- I really appreciate Microsoft's efforts to provide a consistent, predictable, and pleasing UI/UX.
- With Microsoft's concern for #1 how the heck did Office 2013 end up the way it did?
- The blog is absolutely beautiful but also sends the message that they don't care about users with non-touch devices as it's non-intuitive to scroll horizontally for more content on most desktops today. It's these kinds of messages that breed the speculation that the desktop is dead and it's the Windows 8 Store App environment from here on forward for Microsoft (And no that doesn't mean they will take away the desktop. It means they will stop investing in it other than for support of legacy software.)
- Sounds like all of the transitions and other zoomi-ness found in Office 2013 is part of what they call "motion design" and will be a key part of their design philosophy going forward. Just look at the installer for VS 2013 and any of its updates. Swoosh... swoosh... swoosh...