Microsoft previews new Metro UI homepage design

By Tom Warren, on 18th Jan 11 6:30 pm with 8 Comments

New Microsoft.com homepage

Microsoft began previewing a new homepage design on Tuesday.

The design, available at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/preview/default.aspx, will replace the ageing looks of Microsoft’s current homepage. Microsoft’s new front page is clearly inspired by the company’s Metro UI design. Windows Phone 7 and Zune both use the Metro UI and the software giant is hedging its bets that users will appreciate the slick look on the web.

Microsoft’s new homepage also features Internet Explorer 9 integration. The new site features jump lists and pinning support, both new features of Internet Explorer 9. Microsoft has also included its new tagline, “Be what’s next”, on the website. Microsoft revealed the new motto at the company’s employee only Global Exchange (MGX) event last year in Atlanta. The new tagline was officially shown in a video which emphasised a new flexibility between the various brands of Microsoft. The tagline replaces Microsoft’s aging “your potential, our passion” tagline which has been used in recent years.

It’s not yet clear when the software giant plans to switch to the newly designed site. A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to WinRumors that the company doesn’t have a specific date for the switchover:

“We will continue to collect feedback during the preview period and that will help determine the final release date.  We want to make sure that we are meeting the needs of our customers and reviewing and considering all feedback received.”

Internet Explorer 9 on Microsoft.com

  • http://twitter.com/jarrichvdv Jarrich Van De Voord

    I think the current one is better.

  • Aethec

    A “pause” button for three slides? Seriously?

  • Anonymous

    i want metro! i love metro!

  • Bnlf

    i like the new site

  • JohnCz

    Very nice indeed. I suspect this will go live once IE9 is rtw. With today’s HTML5 logo nonstory, I suspect Microsoft is in a T-minus 10 day count down for the release candidate.

  • Grannyville7989

    Looking good. The Microsoft website has been in need for an update for a while now, in my opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/j_bontemps Jérémy Bontemps
  • A B

    seems to be webforms and not asp.net mvc based. hm…