How do I conduct usability test on a new Win-8 Metro application when the expected users don't have any experience on that platform?

I'm going to test on PC and not on tablet.

  • You need to be more specific,is this a metro app for mobiles or for the windows 8 platform ?
    – Mervin
    Commented Mar 4, 2012 at 10:43
  • Either in a lab, so subjects have direct access to your new platform or via remote desktop sharing.
    – user12654
    Commented Mar 4, 2012 at 10:44
  • It's a windows metro application for PC and tablets. Testing on PC in a lab.
    – Alona
    Commented Mar 4, 2012 at 10:52
  • What kind of testing do you want to conduct?
    – dnbrv
    Commented Mar 4, 2012 at 14:55
  • I'm going to invite the participant to our office, it's not going to be a remote test.
    – Alona
    Commented Mar 5, 2012 at 14:23

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Found it!


Also for new users on Win8 platform I will ask to commit 1-2 tasks to get used to the Metro style apps such as - "Download a new application from store and update other applications if available..." - The participants should get to know the charms menu, and the app-bar functions before testing the actual app.


1) Check if your Metro UI app conforms to design guidelines ,here are some guidelines to get you started

Windows Mobile Design guidelines

Windows touch design guidelines

Windows User experience guidelines

2) Check for Accessibility

3) This link Seven Guidelines For Designing High-Performance Mobile User Experiences is generic with regards to app design and what are the attributes you need to look for but from an UX perspective they are applicable across all platforms

  • She's asking about testing, not designing. Commented Mar 4, 2012 at 11:19
  • The second item is a direct link to "Testing your app for accessibility" +1 Commented Mar 4, 2012 at 11:41
  • Accessibility and usability are 2 very different things.
    – dnbrv
    Commented Mar 4, 2012 at 14:54
  • It sure is @dnbrv, but the question is unclear if its "usability" or "accessibility" testing. Commented Mar 4, 2012 at 20:03
  • It's a usability testing.
    – Alona
    Commented Mar 5, 2012 at 8:09

This is hard as at present your subject are unlikely to be used to using metro apps, so if you are not careful the results will lead to a app that in a years’ time will not be good for someone that is then used to metro apps.

One solution is to use Windows Phone 7 users for your testing.

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