So, we have been thinking about an impending office move and the inevitable relocation of the team of Information Architects to a new building. We want to take the opportunity to create an ideal environment for generating exceptional user experiences from strategy through documentation to prototype.
I'm working on an interface for a new product and considering using the MS
fluent user interface as a model instead of your basic menus. I've been
googling it this morning and there's actually a surprising lack of UX
writing on the subject - or I am simply not finding it.
I don't want to use something without having a good understanding of it
first. I did read this from MS
"Today, we're announcing a licensing program for the 2007 Microsoft
Office system user interface which allows virtually anyone to obtain a
royalty-free license to use the new Office UI in a software product,
including the Ribbon, galleries, the Mini Toolbar, and the rest of the
I've never heard of anyone licensing a UI system before (separate from
a software system).
Is there any precedent for this? Can Microsoft actually require
licensing of the UI? Is it enforceable?