Bad UX
Yes, Bing is a decent search engine. No, it’s not getting a lot of use.
Maybe, Microsoft, it has something to do with the if-I-grey-out-this-check-box-maybe-we’ll-get-more-unintentional-use sort of design.
Not only is the visual contrast dialed down, but greyed-out check boxes, by convention, are unclickable.

Yes, Bing is a decent search engine. No, it’s not getting a lot of use.

Maybe, Microsoft, it has something to do with the if-I-grey-out-this-check-box-maybe-we’ll-get-more-unintentional-use sort of design.

Not only is the visual contrast dialed down, but greyed-out check boxes, by convention, are unclickable.

At which point, I deleted all Zynga games off my phone, honoring those who have laid down their lives, never considering that their laid-down lives might one day be used to drive user engagement.

At which point, I deleted all Zynga games off my phone, honoring those who have laid down their lives, never considering that their laid-down lives might one day be used to drive user engagement.

Fast following Google’s mistakes.

Fast following Google’s mistakes.

Where to start with this one…
First off, stopping the cookie-less from merely browsing shows my that your priority is not showing things to buy.
Describing my browsing preferences as a problem isn’t the best way to start our interaction.
That verb disagreement and missing subject/pronoun ambiguity makes me think your error messages were outsourced.
I know red is your brand color, but red buttons are also the convention for cancellation or catastrophic failure, which, in this case, kind of works.

Where to start with this one…

First off, stopping the cookie-less from merely browsing shows my that your priority is not showing things to buy.

Describing my browsing preferences as a problem isn’t the best way to start our interaction.

That verb disagreement and missing subject/pronoun ambiguity makes me think your error messages were outsourced.

I know red is your brand color, but red buttons are also the convention for cancellation or catastrophic failure, which, in this case, kind of works.

Best date validation ever.  I should have the opportunity to specify my own calendar, though. Don’t just assume that I’m using Gregorian.

Best date validation ever.  I should have the opportunity to specify my own calendar, though. Don’t just assume that I’m using Gregorian.

This doesn’t bode well. Six months from now, will Compass and Calculator be clamoring for my attention, as well?

This doesn’t bode well. Six months from now, will Compass and Calculator be clamoring for my attention, as well?

Fully justified, margin-less text is an escalation.

Fully justified, margin-less text is an escalation.

Dear Barnes & Noble,
You’ve broken the first three rules of visual design:
Never yell explanations of case sensitivity, reminders of Caps Lock, or your phone number into the eyes of your customers.

Dear Barnes & Noble,

You’ve broken the first three rules of visual design:

Never yell explanations of case sensitivity, reminders of Caps Lock, or your phone number into the eyes of your customers.

Calendar widgets are great.  When calendaring things.
When entering a date 30-some-odd years in the past, what relevance does a format based on the 7-day week have?  Is a click, drag, release, click, drag, release, click really easier than ten keystrokes?

Calendar widgets are great.  When calendaring things.

When entering a date 30-some-odd years in the past, what relevance does a format based on the 7-day week have?  Is a click, drag, release, click, drag, release, click really easier than ten keystrokes?

Incorrect introductory text: Check.
Intolerant field with overly strict validation: Check.
Useless error message: Check.

Incorrect introductory text: Check.

Intolerant field with overly strict validation: Check.

Useless error message: Check.