Metro-style Microsoft Account login page starts to roll out

A few months ago, we reported that Microsoft was doing away with the Windows Live label for online services like SkyDrive and Hotmail in favor of Microsoft Account. Soon afterward, we received some leaked screenshots that showed the Windows Live ID being replaced by the Microsoft Account brand for the login screen.

Now Liveside.net reports that some account users are seeing an all new design for the login page that not only gets rid of the Windows Live label but has a new overall design. Not surprisingly, the new look has a Metro-like UI. It's further proof that Microsoft is trying to push the Metro design in more and more of its products ahead of this October's launch of Windows 8 and the launch of Windows Phone 8 later this fall.

The site has also posted up an image of the main Microsoft Account page, shown above. Again, these pages are showing up for just some, but not all, users.

Liveside.net claims, via unnamed sources, that all of the former Windows Live services, such as SkyDrive, Hotmail, Calendar, People, and more will get a Metro revamp sometime in August. That's also when Microsoft is supposed to complete work on the RTM version of Windows 8.

Source: Liveside.net | Images via Liveside.net

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Hope hotmail is about to get hit with the metro bat, when you login and prompts you for a phone number or secondary id method you can see the new interface but then it goes back to default on the next page.

You know what would be a really good name for all these interconnecting services brought together under one login? The Microsoft Network.

Oh wait.

I have the new look only when I go to account.live.com. It's very nice and can't wait for to spread to other services.

Edit: I take that back. I went back to the page and as soon as I hit another link on the site, it said that page wasn't available and then switched me back to the old site.

dogmai79 said,
I have the new look only when I go to account.live.com. It's very nice and can't wait for to spread to other services.

Edit: I take that back. I went back to the page and as soon as I hit another link on the site, it said that page wasn't available and then switched me back to the old site.

Apparently it's off and on when you can see it but the one page I can get it consistently is the signup page (signup.live.com). It hopefully won't be much longer.

dogmai79 said,

Apparently it's off and on when you can see it but the one page I can get it consistently is the signup page (signup.live.com). It hopefully won't be much longer.


Yeah, the new look shows up for me there as well.

The Hotmail SSO login has gone through so many name changes.....

Microsoft Wallet, Microsoft Passport, .NET Passport, Microsoft Passport Network, Windows Live ID, Microsoft Account.

I wonder what's next?

kizzaaa said,
The Hotmail SSO login has gone through so many name changes.....

Microsoft Wallet, Microsoft Passport, .NET Passport, Microsoft Passport Network, Windows Live ID, Microsoft Account.

I wonder what's next?

No reliability, one of the bigges problems why microsoft have (or has?) no chance against google. I do not even have a Microsoft account.

thekim said,

No reliability, one of the bigges problems why microsoft have (or has?) no chance against google. I do not even have a Microsoft account.


I don't understand what you're saying. Please clarify.

thekim said,

No reliability, one of the bigges problems why microsoft have (or has?) no chance against google. I do not even have a Microsoft account.

I'd like some clarification too. I don't see how quoting OP has anything to do with what you're saying.

thekim said,

No reliability, one of the bigges problems why microsoft have (or has?) no chance against google. I do not even have a Microsoft account.

Because they're always innovating and updating their services they have no chance against Google? Yeah that makes sense. /s

dogmai79 said,
Because they're always innovating and updating their services they have no chance against Google? Yeah that makes sense. /s

That's a straw man argument. The criticism was that Microsoft keeps changing the branding of its products, which weakens brand recognition and is confusing to the general public.

That is going to look really nice once all their apps have a similar look and feel.... right now things are too disjointed.

jagowar said,
That is going to look really nice once all their apps have a similar look and feel.... right now things are too disjointed.

I think that will help the overall opinion of Metro, too. Once you look at it as a whole (Start screen, Metro style desktop theme, Office 2013, Visual Studio 2012*for those that use it*, Xbox, Windows Phone) it all starts to make a lot of sense. A similar expierience eveywhere is a good thing.