Windows 7 Device Stage Visual Editor ToolJuly 29, 2010
Essentially, what Microsoft is doing with the release of Device Stage Visual Editor Tool, is to smooth the process of tailoring third-party hardware to Windows 7, especially in the context of Device Stage. While this feature can indeed enhance UX, it needs to be taken advantage of, rather than ignored in favor of third-party software applications to match the hardware.
The Device Stage Visual Editor Tool is “a more intuitive process for partners to create their own Device Stage experience” and that it “enables faster experience prototyping, with an instant preview of the device experience that awaits the user on Windows 7,” commented Glenn Ward, Principal Group Program Manager on the Windows Planning Ecosystem Team.
Of course, Microsoft is delivering not only the Device Stage Visual Editor Tool, but also the Device Stage Visual Editor User’s Guide, both available for download free of charge. “Device Stage in Windows 7 is a new way for consumers to interact with their “Compatible with Windows 7” logo’d devices. Device Stage connects users to the status information, tasks, and settings they most care about – things like memory and battery status, uploading pictures, synching media, and accessing support resources. This Windows 7 feature enables device manufacturers to brand and customize the experience to help their customers get the most from their device,” LeBlanc added.
Windows 7 Device Stage Visual Editor Tool is available for download here.