Microsoft previews new Metro website

Microsoft has released a preview of a new Metro version of its website. The new website features a streamlined look, including Metro-style tiles, large text and an easier navigation options.

The tiles and large text will likely appeal to users with touchscreen devices, as links will now be easier to select without zooming in. Microsoft had previously redesigned its website to its current look featuring Metro-style tiles last January, although the current site lacks large text for more touch-friendly navigation. Users can provide Microsoft with feedback on the new design by visiting the preview and clicking the scrolling "Feedback" button on the right side of the page.

Microsoft is also expected to launch a Metro-style redesign of its Hotmail service later this year. As with the new Microsoft.com homepage, the new Hotmail will appeal to both desktop- and touch-based users with its new design. Additionally, Bing's homepage also received a Metro-style overhaul late last month. With Windows 8 and Windows RT launching sometime around October, it's likely Microsoft is preparing all its services to feature a Metro interface in preparation for its new operating system launch.

Via: LiveSide
Source: Microsoft

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bjoswald said,
Looks great on the web, but on the Desktop ... not so much.

I agree, on the web it looks great, but keep it off our desktops!

And BTW, that's my opinion, and I'm entitled to it. Don't like it, move along.

Not bad but the orange tiles are not used for very important content, and they make you focus more on the vizio thing then the main content of the page.

I like it! It looks clean and modern. I like where Microsoft is going for a unified, Metro-inspired look on its Web sites and OSes.

I also noticed that the current Microsoft logo is still there.

ccoltmanm said,
Central picture is too big, otherwise I love it.

The picture is that size because it's taken up by the drop down menus at the top when you click on them. Thus when the menus do go down they only replace the picture and nothing else on the page itself that you might want to read or w/e.

Much better attempt at a Metro style website. The previous one was hideous. If only they'd take this approach with Windows 8 Metro (I really think they've lost their way from the original concepts which were great).

Anthony Tosie said,
Microsoft having a good-looking homepage... WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE WORLD?! My entire perspective on life has been shattered.

This is the new Microsoft yo, they're cool now. Soon they'll be hip to and then hell will probably call us and ask to turn the heat up for them.

I like the Website, but when you go to say the Win Phone link, and try to do some tutorials, they are all over the place. They need to simply put links on the left side, with a video tutorial on the right. There is NO need to have written directions on how to do stuff in this day and age.

jasonon said,
much better than their last attempt. i still don't feel much "metro" besides the font

Clear typography troughout the whole site, and tiles/squares representing content.

Metro. You're welcome.

jasonon said,
much better than their last attempt. i still don't feel much "metro" besides the font

I agree, I think it looks very tame compared to the Windows 8 Start menu.

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