Microsoft unveils redesigned WindowsEmbedded.com

Microsoft has just taken the wrapping paper off of one of its newest websites, windowsembedded.com.  The new site was launched today at 10AM PST and is a new effort to help those who use the software and systems.

The new website is supposed to help optimize the experience of looking for resources. It has been given greater visibility to search engines, 4x as much content as before and site now offers something for all Windows Embedded groups.

From the Windows Embedded Blog

  • Increased discoverability through search engines:  Each page, file and nugget of content has been optimized for search engines
  • Not just for pre-sales developers anymore:  the site now offers something for all our Windows Embedded audiences:  Developers (pre- & post-sale), IT Pro, BDM, TDM, Enterprises and Consumers
  • Developer content organized by Top Tasks
  • Worldwide events search
  • Quadruple the amount of content

For those not familiar with Windows Embedded, it "is a set of operating systems and tools that can help device manufacturers reduce time to market and improve connected device performance. Windows Embedded technology powers embedded systems that enable organizations to connect to IT infrastructure, increase staff efficiency, and improve customer satisfaction."

The new site looks clean and more user friendly which should help out users who are looking for information about the services offered. Also, "this is only the beginning as over the next 6 weeks new features and functionality will be added to the site to enhance the experience."

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They need a consistant web design not a mess like they are right now. I like to see them implimenting metro UI across their websites powered by Silverlight/HTML5.

I hope they don't go with useless designs like that on all their sites. If I go to MSDN it's because I want to get work done, not masturbate over the design.

hdood said,
I hope they don't go with useless designs like that on all their sites. If I go to MSDN it's because I want to get work done, not masturbate over the design.

The type of design doesn't really matter. Every page seems to use a different design and layout which is confusing. To be honest, I don't care if it's "pretty". As long as it's consistent across all the Microsoft sites.

It looks really consistent with the other Microsoft web sites in that there is no consistency at all.

http://www.microsoft.com, office.microsoft.com, http://www.msdn.com, this web site, windows.microsoft.com blah. Microsoft needs to learn what a style sheet is and why defining company wide style guides is important.

But I guess they are keeping in-line with their Software lack-of-style guide (i.e., differences between Office, Media Player, Zune, Windows etc).

Shadrack said,
It looks really consistent with the other Microsoft web sites in that there is no consistency at all.

http://www.microsoft.com, office.microsoft.com, http://www.msdn.com, this web site, windows.microsoft.com blah. Microsoft needs to learn what a style sheet is and why defining company wide style guides is important.

But I guess they are keeping in-line with their Software lack-of-style guide (i.e., differences between Office, Media Player, Zune, Windows etc).


thats because from early days of microsoft, each project was completely seperate, except a few meetings, devs of Windows never talked to devs of office etc.
This gap is closing recent years which shows us an increase of consistancy throughout MS products.
But due to the amount of projects and developers at microsoft, you cant expect this transfer from 'seperate projects' into 1 massive MS project to be done in a year.

thenonhacker said,
To be honest, that page is easier to read than the Microsoft Home Page Preview (at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/preview/default.aspx)

Microsoft Home Page Preview is great if you use Touch Screen devices, and sucks if you use a mouse (lots of clicking and drag-scrolling on those Metro UI Panels ain't fun)

Not supported on my iPad.... Great for touch screen devices eh? They forgot to include the king of tablets in there.

thenonhacker said,
To be honest, that page is easier to read than the Microsoft Home Page Preview (at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/preview/default.aspx)

Microsoft Home Page Preview is great if you use Touch Screen devices, and sucks if you use a mouse (lots of clicking and drag-scrolling on those Metro UI Panels ain't fun)


I definetly like this better than the microsoft homepage preview; It looks very cluttered for some reason.

thenonhacker said,
To be honest, that page is easier to read than the Microsoft Home Page Preview (at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/preview/default.aspx)

Microsoft Home Page Preview is great if you use Touch Screen devices, and sucks if you use a mouse (lots of clicking and drag-scrolling on those Metro UI Panels ain't fun)

man i totally agree the ms home pack sucks, they attempted metro ui, but failed... give the zune team the job, they will do it nicely

Bassem said,
Wow, that's ugly.

If you look closely, such as the drop-down box, it is done on a Mac. On my Windows computer, it looks nothing like that screen shot and is quite nice. Must be the Mac that makes it ugly.

nohone said,

If you look closely, such as the drop-down box, it is done on a Mac. On my Windows computer, it looks nothing like that screen shot and is quite nice. Must be the Mac that makes it ugly.

Nohone is right. It look good on a Windows computer. But it is not that ugly even on the Mac.

nohone said,

If you look closely, such as the drop-down box, it is done on a Mac. On my Windows computer, it looks nothing like that screen shot and is quite nice. Must be the Mac that makes it ugly.

Uh...no. It's not just ugly on a Mac. Besides, the only difference between viewing the website on a Mac and on a Windows machine is the drop down menu. It's not like an entirely different website displays based on the OS.

nekkidtruth said,

Uh...no. It's not just ugly on a Mac. Besides, the only difference between viewing the website on a Mac and on a Windows machine is the drop down menu. It's not like an entirely different website displays based on the OS.

It's ugly on the Mac, because Mac is missing the beautiful humanist font, Segoe UI and Segoe UI Light.

thenonhacker said,

It's ugly on the Mac, because Mac is missing the beautiful humanist font, Segoe UI and Segoe UI Light.

I'm sorry but, changing the font doesn't make it any less ugly. Sure the font might be nice, but coupled with a horrid design (ie. Images/Menu/etc), it doesn't make a difference.

I'm sure the site does what in fact intends to do, I just don't think it looks "nice". But to say that it looks entirely different depending on the OS is a fallacy.

nekkidtruth said,

I'm sorry but, changing the font doesn't make it any less ugly. Sure the font might be nice, but coupled with a horrid design (ie. Images/Menu/etc), it doesn't make a difference.

I'm sure the site does what in fact intends to do, I just don't think it looks "nice". But to say that it looks entirely different depending on the OS is a fallacy.

I think it looks fine regardless.

The only difference I see when I load the page (using XP) is the drop down is different (the screenshot has an osx drop down and mine has a WInXP dropdown

I can see that OSX totally killed the design

thenonhacker said,

It's ugly on the Mac, because Mac is missing the beautiful humanist font, Segoe UI and Segoe UI Light.


It's not on my machine, since I just copied over those two fonts.

nekkidtruth said,

I'm sorry but, changing the font doesn't make it any less ugly. Sure the font might be nice, but coupled with a horrid design (ie. Images/Menu/etc), it doesn't make a difference.

I'm sure the site does what in fact intends to do, I just don't think it looks "nice". But to say that it looks entirely different depending on the OS is a fallacy.

Fonts can make a design be ugly or look amazing. Anyone who says otherwise really has no clue about webdesigning.

Glendi said,

Fonts can make a design be ugly or look amazing. Anyone who says otherwise really has no clue about webdesigning.

Anyone who uses system dependent fonts for a web page really "has no clue about web design"....

Shadrack said,

Anyone who uses system dependent fonts for a web page really "has no clue about web design"....

The majority of the population of earth has a computer wit Segoe on it, be it through Windows 7, Vista, Office, or even those who have installed the Powerpoint Viewer for free.

It's a Microsoft webpage, to be viewed mostly by people using Microsoft operating systems. I'd say this makes perfect sense.

nekkidtruth said,

I'm sorry but, changing the font doesn't make it any less ugly. Sure the font might be nice, but coupled with a horrid design (ie. Images/Menu/etc), it doesn't make a difference.

I'm sure the site does what in fact intends to do, I just don't think it looks "nice". But to say that it looks entirely different depending on the OS is a fallacy.

Actually it is not a fallacy.

If the OS does not support or offer the correct fonts this would make a dramatic difference. Since Apple does not own these fonts, unless the user has install Microsoft products that distributes these fonts, then OS X user would not inherently be able to view the fonts properly.

If you think fonts are not important, then you disagree with Apple, as they are rather picky when it comes to using specific fonts going back to the late 80s.

As for fonts making a site more or less appealing, it is rather important, so I disgree that you seem to think fonts would have an impact.

An approximated and mangled font will often look horrid. It will create issues as well, forcing incorrect wrapping and other alignment differences that exist between the approximated font and the correct font's kerning, leading, etc. Also since Windows uses pixel alignment techniques instead of just blurring the fonts between pixels, this makes fonts appear crisper as they are properly aligned to the user's display.

Shadrack said,

Anyone who uses system dependent fonts for a web page really "has no clue about web design"....

On a site for Windows Embedded? Are you high or being silly?

(Besides, if the Mac user is interested in something from Microsoft, there is good chance they have taken the time to install the fonts, or have even installed a Microsoft product on their Mac that has installed them.)

Geesh...

Glendi said,

Fonts can make a design be ugly or look amazing. Anyone who says otherwise really has no clue about webdesigning.

Ugly is ugly. No font in the world will change that. Anyone who says otherwise really has no clue what "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" means. I won't conform. It's ugly, period.

thenetavenger said,

On a site for Windows Embedded? Are you high or being silly?

(Besides, if the Mac user is interested in something from Microsoft, there is good chance they have taken the time to install the fonts, or have even installed a Microsoft product on their Mac that has installed them.)

Geesh...

I'm sorry that you're having difficulty understanding my point. No where did I ever say that a font can't change a design and make a difference. What I did say, that in this particular case, on THIS particular site it's ugly regardless of the font.

For the record, it is a fallacy. This website is not designed to display a different page depending on the OS you're using. Therefore, it does not give you a different page to look at. There are subtle differences due to the OS itself (Such as the drop down box), but that has nothing to do with the page itself. So to say that it looks better on another OS, when it's nearly identical is incorrect.

nekkidtruth said,

Ugly is ugly. No font in the world will change that. Anyone who says otherwise really has no clue what "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" means. I won't conform. It's ugly, period.

Enough already, you don't like it, fine. If someone else says they think it's ok and looks ok why does it bother you?

GP007 said,

Enough already, you don't like it, fine. If someone else says they think it's ok and looks ok why does it bother you?

Why does it bother you if I think it's ugly? The same rule applies.