Microsoft download page

I have been reading Steve Krug’s Don’t Make Think - Common Sense Approach Usability and I can’t help to be a little bit critical on websites that I encountered (including the ones that I’ve built).

When I was attempting to download IE8 today, I’ve got into the download page and it took me few seconds to work out what to do, what button to click to start the download – maybe it’s just me, but I really think the download button is not that obvious.

Few factors that can improve user experience on this page:

  • Put the download button on the bottom of the mid section – that’s where I expect download button to be (as with most sites)
  • Obviously make the download font bigger, more stand out – even change the button look and feel, don’t use the plain vanilla HTML button.