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I've heard there is a OSX User Interface Usability and Style Guide since the 90's. I never heard of an equivalent book for Windows. Is there any?

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Windows 7

Windows XP

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Looks like you found your own answer. BTW, there's also UI style guides for Java and GNOME platforms as well. Guidelines are simply a way to keep your app from looking like a complete amateur wrote it. Eventually you'll have to surpass the guidelines or thoughtfully decline their advice to address certain usability problems. – Berin Loritsch Feb 18 '11 at 13:03
Agreed, though it's wise to adhere as much as possible to the guidelines to make your application appear seamless with the operating system's software and paradigms. – Nick Bedford May 30 '11 at 22:54
if you don't want to feel restricted by Adobe Reader; use the Guidelines subitem – jberger Apr 25 '12 at 15:15

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