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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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.

"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!

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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

It's probably still in Development .

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.

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