newmail header navigation The Hotmail Metro makeover

Leaked images of Microsoft Hotmail’s new look may lead you to think that Microsoft is trying to consolidate the appearance of all their user interfaces on just about all platforms (Windows, Hotmail, Live, etc).

Leaked images of Microsoft Hotmail’s new look may lead you to think that Microsoft is trying to consolidate the appearance of all their user interfaces on just about all platforms (Windows, Hotmail, Live, etc). 

Windows 8 Metro interface may be just the beginning to a total overhaul of most of Microsoft’s user platforms.  Hotmail is the latest recipient of Microsoft’s metro makeover.  Although the leaked images look eerily similar to Google’s Gmail current looks, it does seem like Microsoft is making an attempt at trying to boost usability of their upcoming Windows 8 by making their Hotmail branch look similar to the new OS. 

Below are some leaked images of the new Hotmail UI:

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newmail compose mail The Hotmail Metro makeover

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newmail message The Hotmail Metro makeover

newmail view options The Hotmail Metro makeover

The “Newmail” portion of the makeover is just a placeholder, and it will most likely revert back to “Hotmail” once the new interface goes live.  So don’t worry about your @hotmail, because it won’t be changed to @newmail—at least most of us hope it won’t. 

Sources that obtained the leaked images report that the Hotmail makeover isn’t just for appearance sake, but it’s also “faster and cleaner”—more emphasis on the faster.  The source also states that the new Hotmail UI provide a much more “simple, [and] fluid…interactive design,” that optimizes for enhanced functionalities on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

Source: techcrunch.com