Microsoft working on new online signup UI for various services

Microsoft may have just launched Office 365 Home Premium but the company is apparently planning to launch a new sign-up experience for the cloud-based service, as well as other online divisions, in the very near future for business and enterprise users.

The plans were revealed earlier this week via a post on the Windows Azure blog. The blog states:

Our redesign goals were to create a simple experience that’s optimized for modern devices, reduces the number of times users need to sign in, and provides the best possible experience across the many devices that you want to use.

The redesign is suppose to give users a "consistent and predictable" sign-in UI no matter what kind of device, platform or web browser they use to sign up for Office 365 and other services. It's also made to keep downloading high end files such as illustrations in the background so that users can sign in quicker. It will also let users stay signed on without having to constantly log in several times during the day.

People who want to go ahead and check out the new UI can go to Microsoft Online's website and click the opt-in button. You can also send feedback on the Windows Azure forums.

Source: Windows Azure blog | Image via Microsoft

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Downright *sensible* - why is because given the mobile decision-maker, who can predict WHAT DEVICE they may be using when the lightbulb comes on for them? If you are going to be a device-agnostics services-for-the-enterprise company (as Microsoft is certainly positioning themselves) make the approach TO those services device-agnostic as well. Is it easy? No - Google is still having their issues getting it right, and they have been at it longer than Microsoft. However, it's worth doing.

Seriously! I have no idea why they haven't updated that yet, it's so blah! One thing at a time Microsoft, one at a time.

iNoPhone said,
Fix the calendar UI, for god's sake! It's been months since Outlook.com and it still has the Old design.

If that blows your mind, what until you realise Windows Live Messenger is being discontinued and if you link your Microsoft account to the Skype account (so you can use the Skype replacement, it messes up your messages being delivered (if ever) and if you're trying to use the Windows 8 Messaging app.. Good luck, you'll be getting random "We're getting ready to send your message." or "almost there" messages without being able to send a message. To fix it, you either need to unlink the skype account or sign in to web based messenger to 'reactivate' the chat session.

I've reported it a lot of times and nothing is being done about it. It's almost like they want to kill off messenger as a service and not just the brand name.

Since Microsoft killed off the MSN/Windows Live beta tester group, the quality of services and bug fixes has gone way down.

sagum said,

Since Microsoft killed off the MSN/Windows Live beta tester group, the quality of services and bug fixes has gone way down.

Killing the entire Beta testers programs was another brilliant idea of Mr. Sinofsky; this McNamara of the 21st Century could not deal with constructive criticism aimed to improve products and decided to go with metrics and cherry picked teams who never disagreed with his decisions.
Talking about the "Small Napoleon" complex....

And even after opting-in for this new sign in service, I still can't be signed in to my Microsoft Account and Office 365 Services at the same time. :'(

I'm really getting tired of waiting, it's a big nuisance if you use SkyDrive and Office 365, it makes it impossible to use open Word Docs from your SkyDrive.
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John Freiman said,
And even after opting-in for this new sign in service, I still can't be signed in to my Microsoft Account and Office 365 Services at the same time. :'(

I'm really getting tired of waiting, it's a big nuisance if you use SkyDrive and Office 365, it makes it impossible to use open Word Docs from your SkyDrive.
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Weird, I have an outlook.com account and and office 365 account (business domain) and I can login to both without any problem and remain logged into both.

I login to my outlook at http://www.outlook.com.

I then login to my office 365 account at http://mail.office365.com

Both save my user id and account user/password and I don't have to enter them again even if I reboot the computer and come back to the sites.

When will Microsoft fix the Windows-8 UI for non touch-centric devices? Until then, the "elephant that no one wants to talk about is still in the room."

When will MS fix the "issue" that does not allow me to change the email linked to my MS account? More than 2 months and counting....

What about the current 0365 interface? Is that rolling out later this month? That was my impression, but now I'm not so sure. I would like to be able to use o365 with my Outlook.com email address so I can lose the 1500 contact limit. I guess I'll just wait and see.

I can't help feel they have lost their head a bit with this... i manage about 50 staff emails at work and every single one of them is having issues at the minute.

They all used hotmail, but then it switched to outlook.com, we already used outlook.com for our Live@Edu subscription, so at one point we were using outlook.com for both live@edu and outlook/hotmail... Microsoft wanted to use outlook.com for the hotmail rebrand so they forced us to migrate to Office 365 throwing another url into the works mail.office365.com, this migration was shaky at best, causing redirect loops, wouldn't log people out, wouldn't let them login, locking people out of email accounts.. if they want to use skydrive it's still skydrive.live.com.. they are logged in to wrong emails when trying to access certain services, basically it's been one huge headache...

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