Updated UI Design and Interaction Guide for Windows Phone 7

The interesting thing in this version is that it describes the phone features quite a bit more.

Including the first new mention of a dozen or so new color theme options. I like Lime Green on White Background.

Worth a scroll through, at very least.

Direct link: UI Design and Interaction Guide for Windows Phone 7 v2.0

The UI Design and Interaction Guide for Windows Phone 7 v2.0 has been updated for beta. With additional information and a new layout we hope you will find more readable, this guide provides detailed information about UI elements and controls, UI system behaviors, and the interaction model for the touch interface based on the design system codenamed “Metro”. Designers and developers should read this guide to learn about the dos and don’ts of UI implementations for their Windows Phone applications.

Very interesting feature limitations I wanted to mention from this document:
HW keyboard specifics starting on page 99:

The following keys are not supported or allowed on the Hardware Keyboard:

• A directional pad or any other navigation specific hardware.

• The “OK & Home” and the “Send & End” hardware soft keys.

• The keys Delete, Insert, Control (CTRL), Alt, Caps Lock, Tab, page up and down, and escape (ESC).

• The Start, Search, and Back Buttons as part of the keyboard.


Applications can use an API to query if the Hardware Keyboard is available or deployed and act accordingly.


The Windows Phone 7 microphone has a frequency range from 150 Hz to 7 kHz.


The Compass is used to determine navigation direction relative to the Earth’s magnetic field.

Developers do not have access to the Compass or its behaviors.

Light Sensor

Developers do not have access to the Light Sensor or its behaviors and there are no UI elements associated with it.


The vibration unit can be turned on or off by the user in the Ringtones and Sounds preferences and this setting cannot be overridden. [*Not sure if this means that one cannot feel the Vibration from an app if phone is on Silent.]

And this little gem at the very end:

Windows Phone 7 has other hardware features available not previously mentioned, including:

• Bluetooth

• Camera flash

• Camera LED

• Micro SD

• Micro USB

• Wi-fi

All of these features have no direct UI components and developers will need to create custom UI elements if they need to represent them within their application.


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