Hotmail's Metro clothing revealed, images hit the web

If you liked yesterday's image that showed off the first look at Hotmail's upcoming Metro overhaul, you are going to love these pictures that Winfuture.de has managed to get their hands on as it is the best look yet at the new design.

There are several pictures in our gallery below but makes sure to check out the source link too as there are even more available (in German) as the images clearly show the direction that the Hotmail team is taking with bringing Metro to the platform.

While this is certainly an early look at the upcoming overhaul, it is a good sign to see that the implementation is well underway which hopefully signals that we all will soon get to see Hotmail bathed in Metro in our own browsers.

The images are in German but clearly outlay how Microsoft will be pushing forward with Metro for Hotmail. Do you see anything in the images that represent new features? Let us know what you think in the comments below. 

Source: Winfuture.de

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Uplift said,
Worst implementation of Metro that i've seen, it's incredibly underwhelming...

At least it looks better than the current hotmail.

dysgenics said,

At least it looks better than the current hotmail.

I couldn't disagree more, it's that bad [as below] i call fake, either that or it's a very early prototype.

I just moved from my ISP email address to a @live.com one and made a whole new Windows Live ID for it.

Now installing windows and setting up mail is so easy. Install Win8 logon with your Windows Live ID and everything is set to go, nice

I'm actually surprised there isn't as much complaining about this hahah. I'm indifferent on this one, but compared to what Hotmail is right now, I'd take anything over the current look.

Ambroos said,
I really don't get why everything has to be so HUGE.
It's a really TOUCHy subject. But it involves being able to use it using a TOUCH type device instead of a keyboard and mouse one.

cybertimber2008 said,
It's a really TOUCHy subject. But it involves being able to use it using a TOUCH type device instead of a keyboard and mouse one.
People who use it on touch devices should use the proper application for it. Like the built-in mail app in Windows 8.

I think Hotmail is the only Metro product I will be using. Not because Metro appeals to me, only because email is essential. I also expect Microsoft to "simplify" Hotmail and remove many features the web app already has. Hotmail's Options are very configurable right now and you can customize your account settings exactly how you want. Expect that to disappear or get "simplified" with the Metro incarnation. Everything Metro is dumbed down, although it doesn't have to be so dumbed down.

xpclient said,
I think Hotmail is the only Metro product I will be using. Not because Metro appeals to me, only because email is essential. I also expect Microsoft to "simplify" Hotmail and remove many features the web app already has. Hotmail's Options are very configurable right now and you can customize your account settings exactly how you want. Expect that to disappear or get "simplified" with the Metro incarnation. Everything Metro is dumbed down, although it doesn't have to be so dumbed down.

Use a desktop mail client to connect to Hotmail, I've been doing that for years. I basically never login to hotmail except on my phone.
So while I'm not a fan of Metro, I don't especially care what Microsoft does with it. They can remove all the options they want, as long as the service itself exists you can use hotmail as much as you want without ever using the site itself.

RandPC said,

Use a desktop mail client to connect to Hotmail, I've been doing that for years. I basically never login to hotmail except on my phone.
So while I'm not a fan of Metro, I don't especially care what Microsoft does with it. They can remove all the options they want, as long as the service itself exists you can use hotmail as much as you want without ever using the site itself.

I can't install the desktop app of my choice on every computer I use while I'm on the go. Hotmail "simplified" with Metro might make me turn to Gmail.

Looks better. The one reason I don't like Hotmail really is its current interface feels a little clunky.

I like it. Though with the background image, look like Microsoft's taken inspiration from the Zune desktop client. I believe they're allowing background images (like circles and all that) in the Chrome of Office 15 too.

Possession said,
I like it. Though with the background image, look like Microsoft's taken inspiration from the Zune desktop client. I believe they're allowing background images (like circles and all that) in the Chrome of Office 15 too.

The circles are the WinFuture.de watermark.

So far it does look cleaner and it should perform faster as well. Can't wait to try it out personally even though I'll still just use Outlook for all my email accounts. When I'm away from my PC though I'll be using the web client.

Hopefully they release it soon. The current one looks really dated at this point. I like the minimalistic look of Gmail and this looks similar.

Plus it's really slow whenever i try to use it compared to Gmail and even Yahoo.

red said,
Hopefully they release it soon. The current one looks really dated at this point. I like the minimalistic look of Gmail and this looks similar.

Plus it's really slow whenever i try to use it compared to Gmail and even Yahoo.

Both of these are my major dilemmas with Hotmail. That, and the lack of dynamic folders/labels like Gmail.

I really like the direction that this is going.

Gaffney said,
text editor still looks dated.
I'm curious, and this could be that I just don't use webmail often. But it seems to have the vast majority of what you would want in a text editor. In fact, I rarely "decorate" my e-mails.

So I guess my question is what's missing from that screenshot?

TheLegendOfMart said,
Sigh. The future is going to be crap for people who don't like Metro.
You don't think it looks better then what we have now though?

TheLegendOfMart said,
Sigh. The future is going to be crap for people who don't like Metro.

They can just use another platform and services.

.Neo said,

They can just use another platform and services.

No they can't when Microsoft has the monopoly on OSes. If i want to use all the software and games ive bought over the years I have to use Windows.

If i want improvements in the OS ill have to put up with Metro or make do with Windows 7.

Getting sick of the idiots who tell me I can just use Linux or Mac.

TheLegendOfMart said,

No they can't when Microsoft has the monopoly on OSes. If i want to use all the software and games ive bought over the years I have to use Windows.

If i want improvements in the OS ill have to put up with Metro or make do with Windows 7.

Getting sick of the idiots who tell me I can just use Linux or Mac.

But Windows 7 is a great OS. You don't have to upgrade to Windows 8 especially if you don't like it. Just stick with Win7 and you'll be satisfied.

TheLegendOfMart said,
No they can't when Microsoft has the monopoly on OSes. If i want to use all the software and games ive bought over the years I have to use Windows.

You're upset that the Windows software and games that you bought won't run on other non-Windows operating systems?

TheLegendOfMart said,

Getting sick of the idiots who tell me I can just use Linux or Mac.

Careful... You're directly referring to another person in this case, and it's not nice.

I think it looks good though. Suits a web-mail client fine. I hope it works well too, lol.

TheLegendOfMart said,

No they can't when Microsoft has the monopoly on OSes. If i want to use all the software and games ive bought over the years I have to use Windows.

If i want improvements in the OS ill have to put up with Metro or make do with Windows 7.

Getting sick of the idiots who tell me I can just use Linux or Mac.


edit: nevermind --'

TheLegendOfMart said,

No they can't when Microsoft has the monopoly on OSes. If i want to use all the software and games ive bought over the years I have to use Windows.
Continue using Windows 7 to use all games you've bought previously.

No longer buy games for windows. Buy a Mac or use Linux.

If i want improvements in the OS ill have to put up with Metro or make do with Windows 7.

When you purchase a product, you are no entitled to new versions with sweet features that want because you bought the product. Do you really believe that is a valid argument? "I bought a Ford Explorer and now Ford has a new one and I don't like its dash board... those guys are idiots. Do they not know who I am? Monopolistic Jerks. And don't give me this 'you can buy a toyota or jeep' crap. I bought a Ford Explorer before and that means they must make all new Explorers in a way that suits me"

Getting sick of the idiots who tell me I can just use Linux or Mac.

You can. Every person can. No gun is put to your head to buy Windows. You choose to do so. Want to get your opinion known? Don't choose to buy Windows or software on it.

P.S. Ur dumb.

TheLegendOfMart said,
Getting sick of the idiots who tell me I can just use Linux or Mac.

Let me assure you that people are also getting very sick of the "idiots" (your words) yammering on and on about how Metro ruins everything. Hotmail needs a design refresh and this looks like an improvement.

Max Norris said,

You're upset that the Windows software and games that you bought won't run on other non-Windows operating systems?

No I'm upset with 'people' telling me that I can just use Linux or OSX if I don't like Metro, use your brain.

TheLegendOfMart said,

No I'm upset with 'people' telling me that I can just use Linux or OSX if I don't like Metro, use your brain.
Those who use their brain know you can use Win7, OSX, Linux if you don't like what MS offers. It seems MS figures there are some who will ditch, some who will buy anyway, and some who will like Win8. Apparently you're part of the second group, grats.

TheLegendOfMart said,

No I'm upset with 'people' telling me that I can just use Linux or OSX if I don't like Metro, use your brain.

You're blowing this way out of proportion. Many people will be staying with Windows 7 anyway, I mean hell... look how long XP continued being supported over the years. Windows 7 is a solid OS too. You won't be losing anything...

You don't need to buy Windows 8. If I can avoid upgrading my OS two more years waiting for Windows 7, I'm sure you'll get by just fine.

Holy shit, in this context, I am referring to Hotmail as a person and people change clothes often. Right now, Hotmail is wearing the Windows Live clothing but now it is changing in to Metro clothing..new clothes = new look.

bdsams said,
Holy ****, in this context, I am referring to Hotmail as a person and people change clothes often. Right now, Hotmail is wearing the Windows Live clothing but now it is changing in to Metro clothing..new clothes = new look.

Ugh. Sarcasm fail.

smooth_criminal1990 said,
It's the sort of stuff that you'd get called a square for wearing.

a square?.... sorry I couldn't resist

ugly ugly ugly, microsoft's motto used to be "if you can't make it good, make it look good". No idea what they've done now - hotmail is crap, so is the metro look. Maybe they've changed it to "If its crap, make it look like crap"

Once again, making compromises so that it'll work on phones or tablets.

Is it me or are people getting more bitchy about the news posted on Neowin lately? I think if you don't like it then you should go elsewhere rather than complain about it.

SuperKid said,
Is it me or are people getting more bitchy about the news posted on Neowin lately? I think if you don't like it then you should go elsewhere rather than complain about it.

its you - if you don't like the comments then go elsewhere and don't bother posting a message complaining first.

dvb2000 said,

its you - if you don't like the comments then go elsewhere and don't bother posting a message complaining first.

I'm talking about when people complain about how the article is written rather than talking about what the article itself is about... moaning at the writers...