User Experience Guidelines for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 [AX 2012]

Updated: April 15, 2011

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

These user experience (UX) guidelines are intended to:

  • Introduce you to the new user experience elements of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

  • Establish a high quality and consistency baseline for all Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 customizations and partner solutions.

  • Answer your specific user experience questions.

  • Make your job easier!

The Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 UX Guidelines focuses on how the user interface elements of the product should behave by providing the following information:

  • The Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 client interaction guidelines

  • Enterprise Portal for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 interaction guidelines

  • Reporting layout guidelines

This edition of the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 UX Guidelines previews the key UX elements of the product.

With the release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, a new user experience, based on customer-research, has been designed to be powerful enough for user productivity and yet simple enough for new and existing users to quickly ramp up on using the software.

During the development of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, hundreds of research studies with thousands of participants drove dozens of design iterations to focus on making the new user experience both powerful and simple.

  • An application is powerful when it enables its target users to realize their full potential efficiently.

  • An application is simple when it reduces or eliminates an attribute of a design that users consider unessential.

In these guidelines, you will receive insights into the key changes to the user experience features of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. These changed features include:

  • RoleTailored navigation

  • More powerful list pages

  • Simplified details forms

  • Richer interactive reports

For more Microsoft user experience resources, see the Windows User Experience Guidelines on MSDN® at

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