Exclusive: Metro-styled Windows Live Profile website screenshots leaked, Twitter & Sina Weibo connections coming soon

By damaster | Posted May 27, 2012 44 comments

LiveSide first revealed screenshots of the new Microsoft account website last week, showing the upcoming new Metro-styled theme for all Microsoft web services, as well as a rebrand of all references of “Windows Live ID” to “Microsoft account”. Today, LiveSide was able to obtain exclusive screenshots of the new Windows Live Profile website, also in its all-Metro-style glory. Check them out below:

Profile - Home

From the screenshot above you can see that the new Windows Live Profile page now features the minimalistic header, which will be consistent across all Windows Live services (such as SkyDrive, Hotmail…etc.) in the near future. By clicking on your name on the top-right corner, it will bring down a menu showing all your linked accounts, as well as shortcuts to your profile and Microsoft account settings. The Settings button will bring up the link for options (if applicable to the service), as well as help and feedback. Whilst not seen in the screenshot above, there will also be a Messaging button, as shown below, which will bring up web messenger (more on that in a later post):

Metro Header

The actual Windows Live Profile homepage has also been radically simplified. As we’ve mentioned previously, Microsoft is refocussing its Messenger Social and Profile services, as such the page no longer shows your Messenger Social updates across Windows Live and other social networks, nor does it show things like your “favorite things”. The only thing it shows is your profile details, and this too has been dramatically simplified, with only your Contact and Work info available (General profile info, Education info, and Social info are now gone). This simplification also means a much simpler privacy model, as shown below:

Profile - Privacy settings

As we’ve reported earlier, whilst all the “web activities” (those services that simply shared your own updates to other Messenger friends) are gone, all the “connected services” (such as Facebook and LinkedIn) are here to stay, and we will also see a few new ones too, as shown below:

Profile - Add accounts

Yes, after a long wait, Twitter is finally back. We also finally see Google showing up on that list (even though we know it’s already there). Also, as we’ve reported before, the Chinese micro-blogging service Sina Weibo will also make an appearance, which means that for the first time Chinese Windows Phone users will have built-in Sina Weibo experience in their People hub. The contacts from all these services will also flow into your contact list (on Windows 8 and Windows Phone), and automatically de-duplicated where possible (or you can manually link them).

Given we know that the “web activities” are set to be discontinued around July 2012, there’s a good chance we might see the next refresh to the Windows Live web services around that time, possibly between late-July to August. Of course, until Microsoft rolls out these changes, everything is expected to change, so the final product may or may not reflect what you’re seeing here. Regardless, we’d still like to know what do you think of the new Metro-style theme and the upcoming changes. Let us know in the comments below! 

Posted May 27th, 2012 at 7:00 am
  • FremyCompany

    Beside the fact the lateral bar should be light blue instead of gray, I think this is nice.

  • FremyCompany

    Beside the fact the lateral bar should be light blue instead of gray, I think this is nice.

  • Lollo872

    no enough colors!!! I dislike it!! :((((((

  • Lollo872

    no enough colors!!! I dislike it!! :((((((

  • Guest

    This doesn’t look Metro, IMO. Needs more tweaks. I hope it will look great when it’s done.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vthenerd Vladan Vukmanov

    This doesn’t look Metro, IMO. Needs more tweaks. I hope it will look great when it’s done.

  • phil

    I’d say, in term of functionality, this is exactly the right move. I also like the overall visual appearance a lot.

    However, I think they should make the profile page a bit more ‘Metro’. Contact and work info should be completely aligned. And maybe the two headings as well as the name could be bigger to emphasize the hierarchy. Then maybe move the ‘edit/shared with’ on the right next to the heading or add some additional white space under that line.

    Overall, I think it’s great, though. Looking forward to all the changes in the coming months.

  • phil

    I’d say, in term of functionality, this is exactly the right move. I also like the overall visual appearance a lot.

    However, I think they should make the profile page a bit more ‘Metro’. Contact and work info should be completely aligned. And maybe the two headings as well as the name could be bigger to emphasize the hierarchy. Then maybe move the ‘edit/shared with’ on the right next to the heading or add some additional white space under that line.

    Overall, I think it’s great, though. Looking forward to all the changes in the coming months.

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewCalling Andrew Filipe

    Looks good.

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewCalling Andrew Filipe

    Looks good.

  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

    I can’t wait for this to launch!!!

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    I can’t wait for this to launch!!!

  • Hulmiho

    february 29?

    lucky!

  • Hulmiho

    february 29?

    lucky!

  • Mark Gibbs

    still no Yahoo Chat linked services :(

  • http://twitter.com/gibbyhome Mark Gibbs

    still no Yahoo Chat linked services :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=37707747 James McKee

    account.microsoft.com is now sending to commerce.microsoft.com. that the case for anyone else?

    • henryed07

      Yes, same here

    • Davud

      Yes, and it looks metro for me although not quite functional at the moment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=37707747 James McKee

    account.microsoft.com is now sending to commerce.microsoft.com. that the case for anyone else?

    • http://twitter.com/Henryed07 Henry Edwards

      Yes, same here

    • Tribbiani

      Yes, and it looks metro for me although not quite functional at the moment.

  • well

    I can not believe
    It’s suffocating

  • well

    I can not believe
    It’s suffocating

  • Breakingillusions

    all i can say they could do a lot better to make it more metro
    and the gray color look ugly lite blue better color
    i’ve been waiting for web live services to be metro and i don’t want to be disappointed with the result hotmail team IF you read this please make it look a lot better than this

  • narmez

    all i can say they could do a lot better to make it more metro
    and the gray color look ugly lite blue better color
    i’ve been waiting for web live services to be metro and i don’t want to be disappointed with the result hotmail team IF you read this please make it look a lot better than this

  • Simen Mangseth

    Too simple, looks like a simplified version of Microsoft’s website when XP was alive.

  • http://simenm.tumblr.com/ Simen Mangseth

    Too simple, looks like a simplified version of Microsoft’s website when XP was alive.

  • cmwind

    looks good… my guess is the color of the banner will be changeable… plus clearly there is some “metro” stuff missing… as the article notes the metro messaging icon… but also where is hotmail, skydrive, people (?), calendar (?).

    My main issue is that I am really hoping Xbox and Skype integrate into MS Accounts the way other services such as FB, Twitter, LinkedIN, etc. do.

  • cmwind

    looks good… my guess is the color of the banner will be changeable… plus clearly there is some “metro” stuff missing… as the article notes the metro messaging icon… but also where is hotmail, skydrive, people (?), calendar (?).

    My main issue is that I am really hoping Xbox and Skype integrate into MS Accounts the way other services such as FB, Twitter, LinkedIN, etc. do.

  • http://www.chrisbright.net/ Christopher Bright

    It’s looking very nice so far. I think it will be amazing once everything is complete.

  • http://www.chrisbright.net/ Christopher Bright

    It’s looking very nice so far. I think it will be amazing once everything is complete.

  • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe

    Yep, this is a simplified version of Metro.

  • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe Morales

    Yep, this is a simplified version of Metro.

  • Appelflap

    Some really dont know the meaning of Metro. This new styling is Metro. If you think tiles make it Metro then you are wrong.

    Metro is a design language.

  • Appelflap

    Some really dont know the meaning of Metro. This new styling is Metro. If you think tiles make it Metro then you are wrong.

    Metro is a design language.

  • theNewDanger

    I really like the Metro aesthetic for Microsoft’s web services, I just don’t like the Metro-ization of the desktop taking place with Windows 8.

  • theNewDanger

    I really like the Metro aesthetic for Microsoft’s web services, I just don’t like the Metro-ization of the desktop taking place with Windows 8.

  • wizkid

    so no word on weather this is also where the metro mail app will look like?

  • cuz84d

    so no word on weather this is also where the metro mail app will look like?