Image of Metro-style Hotmail spotted in Microsoft ad

Neowin and Hotmail are like bread and butter, we love the service and when we see our favorite email platform about to get a major visual overhaul, we tend to get a bit excited. 

An image spotted by the folks over at Liveside.net appears to be the overhaul of Hotmail that many of us have been waiting to get our hands on. The look appears to be typical of a stand-alone email client with your folders in the narrow left column with the core of the email in the center and of course advertisements in a narrow column on the far right. 

You can also expect the new interface to work well with Windows 8 (naturally) so don't be surprised if you see the service also offer a touch-friendly interface as well. 


Login page including the top image which is enlarged.

You can certainly see the similarities between this design and that of SkyDrive which should not be surprising at all as Microsoft continues to push towards platform unification. 

Source: Liveside.net

Thanks for the tip Ben!

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You guys sure do like to say "metro" a lot. It's always "metro this" and "metro that". It reminds me of when people couldn't stop talking about "homogenization" and "vuvuzelas".

dyl4n said,
You guys sure do like to say "metro" a lot. It's always "metro this" and "metro that". It reminds me of when people couldn't stop talking about "homogenization" and "vuvuzelas".

Also when you refer to a guy as looking "metro", that basically means gay, but not gay..?

It doesn't look metro Metro to me means hovering windows over a background with smooth graphics and sliding (floating) menus. This just looks like a list. I want full page mail that you can click and swipe to the side to reveal the next page or go back to your mail list. HELL YEA BABY. DO IT DO IT DO IT!!!!

I'm a huge fan of Hotmail and the Metro interface... but I feel this could have been designed a LOT better. I won't fully judge until I try it out myself though as screenshots (especially with metro) are very deceiving because often the experience is so much better when you're actually experiencing it rather than looking at a static screenshot.

I don't care. I hardly ever open the web interface of hotmail. I access it from Live Mail and Blackberry mail.

"Neowin and Hotmail are like bread and butter, we love the service and when we see our favorite email platform about to get a major visual overhaul, we tend to get a bit excited."

People on this site still use Hotmail???

OK... lol. Didn't expect that from a "tech" site i.e. informed readers.

SuperHans said,
"Neowin and Hotmail are like bread and butter, we love the service and when we see our favorite email platform about to get a major visual overhaul, we tend to get a bit excited."

People on this site still use Hotmail???

OK... lol. Didn't expect that from a "tech" site i.e. informed readers.

what is the problem with hotmail? that it does not ask you to subscribe your friends every 10 email or so?

Morden said,

what is the problem with hotmail? that it does not ask you to subscribe your friends every 10 email or so?

besides the 15000 spam I get each day? besides the security issues they have?

corrosive23 said,
besides the 15000 spam I get each day? besides the security issues they have?

I hope you are joking, Im using Windows live from almost 2 years, and i have found 6-7 Spam in my junk folder till now. Man people really like to exaggerate things.

"MS haters and Gmail are like bread and butter, we love the service and when we see our favorite email platform about to get a major visual overhaul, we tend to get a bit excited."

People on this site still use Gmail???

OK... lol. Didn't expect that from a "tech" site i.e. informed readers.

SuperHans said,
"Neowin and Hotmail are like bread and butter, we love the service and when we see our favorite email platform about to get a major visual overhaul, we tend to get a bit excited."

People on this site still use Hotmail???

OK... lol. Didn't expect that from a "tech" site i.e. informed readers.

Yes, and in fact I'm moving from Google Apps to Windows Live Admin Center. Eventually you get fed up with being a second class Gmail citizen (login doesn't work with all services).

SuperHans said,
"Neowin and Hotmail are like bread and butter, we love the service and when we see our favorite email platform about to get a major visual overhaul, we tend to get a bit excited."

People on this site still use Hotmail???

OK... lol. Didn't expect that from a "tech" site i.e. informed readers.


If you believe "informed readers" shouldn't use Hotmail, you must be an uninformed reader.

corrosive23 said,
besides the 15000 spam I get each day? besides the security issues they have?

Security issues?

And spams is located in Junk... It never EVER shows up in your inbox. I don't see the problem.

If you don't want to clean your junk folder manually? Scheduled cleanup. Seriously, Hotmail is a mature mail client and it's pretty lame to pretend it's not a fair competitor.

Calum said,

If you believe "informed readers" shouldn't use Hotmail, you must be an uninformed reader.

It is expected that the people on this site have some knowledge of technology in general (not only in relation to Microsoft products) and it is well known for "informed readers" that Gmail is the professional trend. You go talk to a developer (one would be really tech savvy if they talked to one that works at Microsoft /s) and he will tell you the same.

I suggested a metro style hotmail a while back and they said they were working on some things for it. I would pull up the tweets if I wasn't so annoyed atm. But I agree the current theme is out dated and needs something new and fresh. Maybe this will be it, if they can do it right.

Mohitster said,
I hate ads in an email service.....why can't they find a subtler way of putting ads!!

I mean here I am looking at the new UI design Hotmail might be getting and there you have it....ADS....on your face.....smashing the whole design on the face.....simply ridiculous.....I can never imagine a company like Apple doing it because they put design first......

Mohitster said,
I hate ads in an email service.....why can't they find a subtler way of putting ads!!

Are you sure those are ads? I see things like weather in that right sidebar. Whatever it is, it doesn't look like the massive skyscraper ad we see in current Hotmail.

thealexweb said,
That's a clunker of an interface right there The current UI blows that out of the water.
Say what? It looks very minimal to the currnet one.The header is much smaller, combining the two headers (logo, hotmail, messenger, skydrive and new, reply, etc headers) into one.
Or the new, reply, etc has been moved to the bottom. Either way, I like how it looks.

cybertimber2008 said,
Either way, I like how it looks.

Agreed, rather like the look from what I can see in that little shot.

Now that laptop however.. yikes.

Max Norris said,

Agreed, rather like the look from what I can see in that little shot.

Now that laptop however.. yikes.

I agree on both counts........
To be honest I never saw a laptop in that color............. my guess is a Sony......

Fritzly said,
I agree on both counts........
To be honest I never saw a laptop in that color............. my guess is a Sony......

Your guess? It says Sony on the laptop in the picture.

dead.cell said,

Your guess? It says Sony on the laptop in the picture.

Oops I did not see it. Well...... at 55 my eyesight is not as 30 years ago.