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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

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa511258.aspx

Windows XP

http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/System/platform/pcdesign/XPguidelines.mspx

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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
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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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