Yahoo testing new Windows 8-like home page design

Is Yahoo getting ready to launch a new design for its home page? That's the claim from a new report, complete with screenshots of the new layout that looks a bit like the "Metro" design of Microsoft's Windows 8.

AllThingsD.com was sent screenshots of the new Yahoo home page, which uses the square and rectangle tile approach that Windows 8 users of the Start screen are now very familiar with. Even the arrows designed to move the tiles left and right on the prototype Yahoo home page look a bit like the ones found in the Windows 8 UI.

Yahoo already has a touch screen friendly website home page layout, but that one only shows up if you access the page via Apple's iPad. It's possible that Yahoo is looking to expand its horizons now that Windows 8 is not only out in the open but already being used by millions of PC owners.

Yahoo has yet to comment on when, or even if, they plan to launch a new home page revamp, and it's more than possible that the design shown above could be changed or tweaked before going live. Yahoo and Microsoft already have a partnership going, with Yahoo using Microsoft's Bing search engine for its search results.

Source: AllThingsD.com | Image via AllThingsD.com

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It's a good start but it is not quite there yet. They should make a tile for its Mail service instead of the all-too expected top-right generic link.

It looks pretty good, not that I ever use the Yahoo homepage, I know there is a lot of people who do though. I wonder if they plan to push something similar for their webmail, the current one isnt bad but it is a few years old now and it is lacking some functionality that Gmail and Outlook has got since then (then again it does have some features that at least Outlook doesn't have at the moment).
Doesn't really matter to me any more since I started migrating my mail over to outlook a few weeks back now but I know Yahoo has a lot of mail users so if they're smart they should put some effort in to having it updated soon.

Isn't really "metro" at all.

Just happens to be fairly clean and use full square images and a bit of colour....like well...thousands of sites.

Looks nice! I use the new tab page as my homepage in both IE9 and Chrome, before I used to use Delicious, but Yahoo!'s new look is nice.

I'm glad that Microsoft's design is starting to permeate to the rest of the web because it's clean and digitally native unlike the skeuomorphism which Apple has so tragically adopted, worst of which is iCloud.com. Ugh.

Rappy said,
It's not bad, just a shame these days my homepage is about:blank

I've used about:blank for years but I'm toying with about:Tabs at the moment.

Fourjays said,
It isn't based on Metro, it is just good web design. Which is where much of the inspiration for Metro came from.

Exactly. I've been designing websites/graphics that looked like Metro many years before MS showed it off. And Metro is based on Swiss graphic design. The new Yahoo design don't even look that similar to Metro, it just has some square images of different sizes layed out closely next to each other, which millions of other sites have. Pretty stupid article.

More things will end up looking "Metro" as thats where design is heading right now. It's very much the popular thing right now in graphic design. As more and more stuff uses it the more dated OSX/iOS look - The shiny icons, gradients, rounded corners, shadows, reflection effects and material emulation is all very 2001.

Edited by NoClipMode, Nov 9 2012, 4:17pm :

Fourjays said,
It isn't based on Metro, it is just good web design. Which is where much of the inspiration for Metro came from.

Indeed, it's a good and simple design, no arguing that, but Metro? No, no really.

Yahoo..spend time on your messenger, not your home page. Now that live messenger gone with windows 8, you need to build a plug-in for the build-in messenger or work with interoperability with Skype if you want to stay in that game at all.

NXTwoThou said,
Yahoo..spend time on your messenger, not your home page. Now that live messenger gone with windows 8, you need to build a plug-in for the build-in messenger or work with interoperability with Skype if you want to stay in that game at all.

Windows Live Messenger will be retired next year on all platforms, not just Windows 8. Also, Yahoo won't ever "stay in the game" like they should as it's already too late... or worse, if they try to 'catch up, they'll just half-ass everything like they always do.

NXTwoThou said,
Yahoo..spend time on your messenger, not your home page. Now that live messenger gone with windows 8, you need to build a plug-in for the build-in messenger or work with interoperability with Skype if you want to stay in that game at all.

Skype and Facebook have already won in web based and app based IM'ing. There's no way Yahoo can make that up now, it's too late...