Microsoft.com gets updated ahead of Windows 8 launch

Later today Microsoft will release Windows 8 to the world and also release its Surface tablet running Windows RT. While these events, and the upcoming launch of Windows Phone 8, will surely get the most attention during the events, Microsoft has also quietly updated its landingpage at Microsoft.com 

The new look places heavy focus on its Surface tablet but also utilizes a significant amount of whitespace. It is clear that Microsoft took a minimal approach to the new layout while maximising the impact of product display with a large product focus in the middle of the page.

Designing a website is not an easy task as form and function typically fight to the death as what looks good, may not alway translate to easy navigation. For Microsoft to revamp its homepage, considerable effort must have been given to the layout as well as navigation but ultimately it up to you, the consumer, to determine if the new page is functional as well as attractive.

Let us know in the comments below if you like Microsoft's new homepage.

Thanks for the tip Niek!

Update: Seems windows.microsoft.com got a makeover too. Thanks for the tip djdanster.

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I was impressed with the homepage animation. Very well done and doesn't even use Flash or Silverlight.
Looks like they used a combination of both video formats (MP4 & WebM) for maximum compatibility with HTML5 video.

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Microsoft is only a few hours away from launching and has also rolled out an updated look to Microsoft.com

So who have I been Buying windows from all these years?

Neowin already did an article on the new MS site earlier this month. The only difference now is that it shows the Surface on the front page.

Anyway, as a site designer myself, they've done a very nice job. Much better than Apple or Google. Also check out how the MS site scales when you resize the browser horizontally.

Sszecret said,

It does look good, but I find it strange that they have the new Xbox logo on microsoft.com, but not on windows.microsoft.com.

Also microsoft.com has the old office logo while windows one has the new logo.

Sszecret said,

It does look good, but I find it strange that they have the new Xbox logo on microsoft.com, but not on windows.microsoft.com.


Unfortunately, I think the Xbox logo on the new Windows website is the logo they decided on, and the one on microsoft.com is actually wrong This appears to be the case, due to how Microsoft have branded the new Xbox Music (e.g. check out the logo used on the new Xbox Music Facebook Page: http://www.fb.com/XboxMusic) and how they have kept that logo in the latest Xbox software update