Over the last few decades, product makers have continuously adapted devices to meet a dynamic array of ever-changing human needs. We’ve made things smaller, lighter, more responsive, more inclusive. We’ve integrated sensory inputs and designed intelligent programs to support your ability to achieve with efficiency and elegance.
As both the rhythms of daily life and notions of productivity continue to change, we’ve been asking ourselves: How can we empower people to more fluidly navigate between creation and consumption, professional and personal?
Today’s release of the Microsoft Surface Duo — a dual-screen mobile device with experiences crafted specifically for this form factor — is one way we’re exploring these questions. …
Productivity is personal.
Who we are as human beings deeply influences productivity as both a process and an outcome. Our values and beliefs, the needs of our families, our personalities and preferences, how energized or deflated we feel when seeing our Calendars or To Dos — these are key facets of productivity.
And because nobody knows your external circumstances or inner emotional state better than you, achievement needs to happen on your terms to be sustainable. …
Co-authored with Deepak Menon, Partner Director of Design at Microsoft India
Over 3 billion smartphone owners across the world use their devices to get things done in a matter of seconds. With the rise of smartphone use and the increase in global connectivity, we wanted to reimagine how people can efficiently and intuitively get work done on a phone or tablet.
Our designers and researchers from around the world convened in a metaphorical global huddle to learn how our customers use these micro-moments and to develop a mobile-focused design strategy for the new Office app on iOS and Android.
We studied customers in mobile-first and mobile-only markets to understand how people organically use their phones to create content and complete tasks. We observed people who were inherently on the go, like students, and looked at how they used their phones to efficiently complete tasks. We also studied people who were never at a desk, like shop floor workers, and noted how they got work done without a computer. …