In today's lesson about how NOT to design a homepage, we're going to focus on Microsoft.com.First, go to http://apple.com. Nice, huh? Alright, now compared that to http://microsoft.com. Now let's note some key differences:
- Apple.com looks like it was made in 2009. Microsoft looks like it was made in 1999.
- Apple.com is sleek. Microsoft.com is...very blue and cheesy.
- Apple uses little color, which can be a detractor. Microsoft uses way too much color.
- Apple's navigation highlights several core products. Microsoft tries to cover everything in the kitchen sink.
- Apple features a single product, while Microsoft tries to promote three.
- Apple has four small boxes to promote different things at the bottom of their homepage. Microsoft throws in random links and lists to fill up space. Oh, and a random ad.
Companies pay big bucks for usability and design reviews. But because I'm such a nice guy, I'm going to review Microsoft's homepage for them for free.(Having trouble reading my notes? At the bottom of the image, click Download full size.)