Windows Live Wave 4 header themes revealed

The guys over at LiveSide.net have once again stumbled upon new screenshots of Windows Live Wave 4.  The screenshots reveal a new look on the header themes for some of the Windows Live services, including Hotmail, live.com, and other sites.

Microsoft accidentally gave some users a sneak peak when they released just the thumbnail pictures of the new themes under the Options menu on some current Wave 3 services.  Today, LiveSide revealed some of the new themes for Windows Live services.

There are a total of 16 new themes, including the Windows Live default blue header.  Most of these themes are snippets from Windows 7 wallpapers including Characters, Scenes, Architecture, and Nature packages.  The new Windows Live Wave 4 will also remove the “Options” menu from current services and simply add a “hover-over” pop-up window to change themes.

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images courtesy of LiveSide.net
Thanks to JTaylor69 for the news tip!

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How about allowing us to use some of our own images as a header? It's not like the team did much to give us more theme choices in Wave 3. Some more subtle and matte options would be nice.

Would also like more dynamic headers, that not just reflect the weather, but also maybe holidays too. Though if this team or the ideas behind it during Wave 3 are still there, then I highly doubt it.

I am thankful for Windows Live coming up with new themes. The problem I have with them is that they look really girly. I also agree with a couple of people who said that we should be able to create our own themes just like we can on Windows Live Messenger. Speaking of Windows Live Messenger, I hope that they didn’t take that feature away. It would be nice to see more dynamic themes that match on Windows Live And Windows Live Messenger.

the only thing I want is that I have the same design and functions on ALL MS websites.
10 different MS websites = 10 different headers. :|

All the people whining that these look "horrible".. I don't understand why you didn't complain about these while they were just Windows 7 wallpaper. It's the same thing! and obviously many people like them.

I think these look much better in context on the page. If you don't want em, don't pick em

These look horrible in my opinion. With the exception of the Windows Live default background and the dark purple heart background these are way too "busy" and cluttered for use as a theme for an online service.

Anarkii said,
Has this leaked yet?

it's embedded into Windows Live services, so I don't think they will "leak", but people may see them early.

Andrew Lyle said,

it's embedded into Windows Live services, so I don't think they will "leak", but people may see them early.

I just mean the new messenger. In that case, any info of a public beta or a release date Andrew?

I don't think there is any public beta as of yet.. there may be a very limited private beta, and if there is, they have kept it under wraps.

These images are just for services like Hotmail, Live.com etc. Hopefully they won't add these into Messenger :(

Andrew Lyle said,
I don't think there is any public beta as of yet.. there may be a very limited private beta, and if there is, they have kept it under wraps.

These images are just for services like Hotmail, Live.com etc. Hopefully they won't add these into Messenger :(

Inside source has told me there is no private beta, which is why they discontinued the butterfly program.

They said a public beta will be soon :)

JTaylor69 said,

They said a public beta will be soon :)

Thanks for the info JTaylor Tell your source to hurry the hell up I wanna use it lol

Anarkii said,

Thanks for the info JTaylor Tell your source to hurry the hell up I wanna use it lol

lol, it will be ready when it's ready. If they take their time, there's chances of less bugs :)

littleneutrino said,
Honestly some of those look horrible.

Characters are a little 'busy' for my liking. I think Metalwork is the best looking.

I hope they'll allow the scenes to be used IN THEIR ORIGINAL RESOLUTION within Windows Live Messenger. For Wave 3 you can clearly see ugly pixellation if you resize your conversation window or contact list.

rm20010 said,
I hope they'll allow the scenes to be used IN THEIR ORIGINAL RESOLUTION within Windows Live Messenger. For Wave 3 you can clearly see ugly pixellation if you resize your conversation window or contact list.

+2

Inklin said,
Agreed there, the wave3 ones are really ugly when the window is resized anything other than default.

From previous leaked screenshots of Messenger you can notice that this is fixed now :)

I feel like they're trying too hard. Why not do simple ones that have a bit of "flair" to them? Not completely flat, but one base color, without distractions.

Simon said,
I feel like they're trying too hard. Why not do simple ones that have a bit of "flair" to them? Not completely flat, but one base color, without distractions.
Yeah, I can only really see 2-3 there that are usable without becoming too noisy.

Edited by Northgrove, Feb 27 2010, 12:24am :

Simon said,
I feel like they're trying too hard. Why not do simple ones that have a bit of "flair" to them? Not completely flat, but one base color, without distractions.

Agreed. ;)

Examinus said,
They're lovely.
Maybe it's just me, but I don't find them good looking. They are somewhat ugly. Perhaps the one in the first screenshot is nice.

However, it is a matter of taste anyway...