Additional Metro-style Hotmail images shown off

New screenshots of the upcoming Hotmail redesign indicate the service may be getting a name change as well. The screenshots, released earlier today, contain additional information about upcoming changes to Microsoft's mail service, such as a new domain for e-mail addresses from the service.

LiveSide posted a number of leaked screenshots of the mail service's new, Metro design – this time in English – including an automated e-mail from “Newmail” that implies the service will be rebranded. The message indicates the naming change will include a new domain for e-mail addresses that old Hotmail accounts could be converted to.

  • A modern interface: faster and cleaner 
    The simple, fluid and interactive design of Newmail makes it easy to use whether you’re on a desktop, phone or tablet.
  • Get a Newmail email address for your new inbox 
    You get a new email address from Newmail. You don’t have to worry about your contacts and previous emails, you’ll keep them. And, you’ll continue receiving messages sent to your current email address.
  • Bring your inbox to life – Connect Facebook 
    Connect and chat across services like Facebook and Twitter. Keep your contacts information automatically in sync, and see what your friends are up to, right from Newmail.

It’s unlikely that “Newmail” is actually the name of the service; instead, the Newmail name is likely a temporary name before Microsoft reveals the service's official rebranding.

Screenshots of the Microsoft's e-mail service began appearing yesterday, featuring the a Metro design consistent with Microsoft's Windows 8 design. The rebranding of Hotmail also comes shortly after the company announced it would be rebranding its Zune music service to Xbox Music.

Source: LiveSide | Image via LiveSideThanks to Possession in the forums for the tip!

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Not sure if I like it or not. Depends on how smooth the animations are. I hope it more users friendly. I hate the way hotmail works now.

jasonon said,
honestly i think they they didn't execute the metro style very well

It's probably still in Development .

I still use hotmail as primary since I don't get junk mail compare to my gmail but hotmail needs serious makeover. Their ui design is mediocre.

I'd prefer if Microsoft name their online properties under the Bing umbrella. Bing needs a little more push. BingMail

Bring it on MS, keep firing new stuff at us like a machine gun, bring, it, on. I love it, all of it. ANYTHING to **** Dvorak off to the point where we can be rid of him on some all Mac blog site for good.

Dot Matrix said,
Are @Hotmail.com and @live.com being combined into one?

hotlive.com now that's an email domain I would like to have

Dot Matrix said,
Are @Hotmail.com and @live.com being combined into one?
You mean like @msn.com & @passport.com should have been? Nah.

or how about messengeruser.com? Anyone remember that? I think it may have been some clumsy effort to combine the wl messenger with Yahoo? Not sure though.

petrolly said,
or how about messengeruser.com? Anyone remember that? I think it may have been some clumsy effort to combine the wl messenger with Yahoo? Not sure though.

Most likley it was a custom domain name setup using the hotmail service.

Its very easy to do if you own a domain name, at what $0.99 a year now?

Hopefully it's more than a frontend update though, or not just splash of color here and there. I need exchange talking to the web frontend! Replied messages don't really show up as replied to on other devices so you have to check sent items or something to see if you already replied!

If you replied from the website/hotmail.com it doesn't show on the clients (EAS or Outlook) that it was replied either.

Am I the only one that noticed "New Category"....
Hotmail finally gets categories, which hopefully means it'll work with Outlook.

Lantec said,
Am I the only one that noticed "New Category"....
Hotmail finally gets categories, which hopefully means it'll work with Outlook.

Hotmail already has 'Categories'. I'm not sure how it works in Outlook, but in Hotmail it's essentially a meta tag. Some examples built in Hotmail are Bills, Documents, Family, etc.

"NewMail" is just an internal code name people. Microsoft doesn't even have the domain for that stupid name, so obviously Hotmail is here to stay.

The UI looks great!

ViperAFK said,
looks a lot cleaner than the current hotmail.

Because they didn't place the banner ad yet. Or it's 'closed' with the X button in the screenshot.

simrat said,
Man, i think the current design of hotmail is awesome, much better than this one

...until you try to use Hotmail in a browser on a touch device. Then, it becomes clear that current UI does not fit that scenario, at all.

BigBoy said,

...until you try to use Hotmail in a browser on a touch device. Then, it becomes clear that current UI does not fit that scenario, at all.

+1

BigBoy said,

...until you try to use Hotmail in a browser on a touch device. Then, it becomes clear that current UI does not fit that scenario, at all.

I have a desktop with keyboard and mouse, and i have no plans to buy a touchscreen device. Only touchscreen device i have is my Nokia 603

simrat said,

I have a desktop with keyboard and mouse, and i have no plans to buy a touchscreen device. Only touchscreen device i have is my Nokia 603


you don't others will do

j2006 said,
SkyMail!!!!!

Well that would actually make things interesting I'd say, and match with SkyDrive and so on. Who knows!!!

Newmail...probably just placeholder or codename

If they want to rebrand Hotmail, I'd suggest MetroMail a better name than Newmail

If you discard the big green rectangle in the actual email, it looks like the new google+ themed Gmail with a blue bar instead of a dark grey one and blue text instead of red.

LauRoman said,
If you discard the big green rectangle in the actual email, it looks like the new google+ themed Gmail with a blue bar instead of a dark grey one and blue text instead of red.

Metro predates Google's recent design efforts by many moons

LauRoman said,
If you discard the big green rectangle in the actual email, it looks like the new google+ themed Gmail with a blue bar instead of a dark grey one and blue text instead of red.

Google copied metro.

Must be a code name - dropping the Hotmail brand would be beyond idiotic. Not a huge fan of Metro as yet but I think this design would work well for Hotmail.

It's a little too white, but I kind of like it. It's better than those tiny text-based commands to create a new message, reply, forward and so on.

"Newmail" sounds like a label for the new Hotmail, not a new name for the service.

It's highly likely they will change the overall branding from Hotmail to something else (it won't be Newmail; that's just a codename). The proof is the 2nd bullet of marketing copy quoted in the article. I can think of no logical reason would there be for Microsoft to write that, other than if they will give existing users to option to add a new domain to their email alias.

petrolly said,
It's highly likely they will change the overall branding from Hotmail to something else (it won't be Newmail; that's just a codename). The proof is the 2nd bullet of marketing copy quoted in the article. I can think of no logical reason would there be for Microsoft to write that, other than if they will give existing users to option to add a new domain to their email alias.

That's true, but I think Hotmail will still be used or an option. Right now you can still get hotmail and live.com email addresses iirc. We'll see how it goes.

You're right about that; it would be a bad idea for them to remove that option for new users, and to remove the domain for current ones.

GP007 said,

That's true, but I think Hotmail will still be used or an option. Right now you can still get hotmail and live.com email addresses iirc. We'll see how it goes.

I hope so: I have both a hotmail and a msn email addresses and I would hate to lose the latter................. so many memories since 1995.....................

GP007 said,
It's probably just a codename for testing, they're not going to change the Hotmail brand imo.

The text of the e-mail indicates otherwise. So at the very least I'd say it's something they're considering.

"You get a new email address from Newmail. You don't have to worry about your contacts and previous emails, you'll keep them. And, you'll continue receiving messages sent to your current email address."

Anthony Tosie said,

The text of the e-mail indicates otherwise. So at the very least I'd say it's something they're considering.

"You get a new email address from Newmail. You don't have to worry about your contacts and previous emails, you'll keep them. And, you'll continue receiving messages sent to your current email address."

You could replace Newmail with Hotmail and it would still sound fine though imo. Like I said though, we'll just have to wait and see.

Newmail ???

Don't think so. I call it fake. Or this is a project name only while they are waiting the official name. But i don't understand why MS likes to rebrand things so much. I mean there's no good reason to rebrand hotmail.

TrOjAn. said,
"the Newmail name is likely a temporary name before Microsoft reveals the service's official rebranding."
I generally see these types of people and leave them to their own devices. Time wasted imo.

Microsoft has good reason to rebrand Hotmail. First, it's pushing more than 15 years old. Most importantly, despite what enthusiastic hotmail users believe, to most consumers the Hotmail brand means unsophisticated-internet-user, almost as bad an Aol address. Personally, I love the hotmail platform and use the @live.com domain to avoid the Hotmail stigma.

So it makes perfect sense for MS to rebrand. I hope it's something that aligns naturally with their other online properties, perhaps using Skype and SkyDrive's "sky" prefix, like SkyMail.

petrolly said,
Microsoft has good reason to rebrand Hotmail. First, it's pushing more than 15 years old. Most importantly, despite what enthusiastic hotmail users believe, to most consumers the Hotmail brand means unsophisticated-internet-user, almost as bad an Aol address. Personally, I love the hotmail platform and use the @live.com domain to avoid the Hotmail stigma.

An old brand is a successful brand not s reason to ditch it
So it makes perfect sense for MS to rebrand. I hope it's something that aligns naturally with their other online properties, perhaps using Skype and SkyDrive's "sky" prefix, like SkyMail.

petrolly said,
So it makes perfect sense for MS to rebrand. I hope it's something that aligns naturally with their other online properties, perhaps using Skype and SkyDrive's "sky" prefix, like SkyMail.

I like the sound of that!

zeke009 said,

I like the sound of that!

SkyMail reminds me of SkyMall, those catalogs they have in the airplane seat pockets.

petrolly said,
Microsoft has good reason to rebrand Hotmail. First, it's pushing more than 15 years old. Most importantly, despite what enthusiastic hotmail users believe, to most consumers the Hotmail brand means unsophisticated-internet-user, almost as bad an Aol address. Personally, I love the hotmail platform and use the @live.com domain to avoid the Hotmail stigma.

I get crap from people whenever I throw them my hotmail address. So what if I didn't jump on the gmail hype train? All I ever use my gmail for is youtube and apps.