Exclusive: Screenshots of upcoming Metro-style SkyDrive leaked

By damaster | Posted July 25, 2012 32 comments

SkyDrive logoYesterday we’ve caught a glimpse of the new Metro-styled design for the Microsoft account page, which just rolled out around the world. Before that, we’ve also given you a sneak peek of the new Metro-style interface for Hotmail as well as the Profile page (soon to be called Microsoft account as well). Today we managed to grab hold of a series of screenshots showing the brand new SkyDrive, also in its all Metro-style glory, to be released as soon as August next month. Check it out below:

SkyDrive - Documents

As you can see in the screenshot above, the new interface is clean and intuitive, and is especially designed for touch-based devices in mind. Consistent with what’ve we’ve seen with Hotmail before, the contextual menu has been moved to a slim bar up the top, whilst navigation elements, including the search box, are placed on the left, thus maximizing the screen real estate for your content.

SkyDrive - Pin to TaskbarIn terms of UI, based on a quick glance at the screenshots we’ve noticed the following changes:

  • You can now select files and folders in thumbnail view. Before this you could only select files and folders and perform actions on them in details view.
  • SkyDrive now shows thumbnail previews of Office documents.
  • Windows Live Groups is now part of SkyDrive. Visiting http://groups.live.com will redirect you to SkyDrive.com’s Group page (as shown in screenshots below).
  • SkyDrive options, such as managing storage, people tagging, and Office document formats, can now be found in one place. Previously all of these options are scattered across Windows Live options and SkyDrive.
  • Changing the UI language, as well as leaving feedbacks for SkyDrive, can now be performed without leaving the page.
  • The new SkyDrive logo, as well as the new Office 2013 icons, are now used across the website. Even the IE Pinned Sites (shown above) now shows the new logos and icons.

We also expect that Excel Forms (Surveys), as well as the ability to embed Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, to be enabled in the new SkyDrive release. Of course, what we have described here only relate to the UI changes that we were able to observe from these screenshots. We expect there will be additional new under-the-hood features and enhancements that are not shown in these screenshots. Nevertheless, check out the suite of screenshots of the new SkyDrive below:

SkyDrive - PCs SkyDrive - Feedback
PCs Submit feedback page
SkyDrive - Groups SkyDrive - Create a group
Groups Create a group
SkyDrive - Office Web Apps Preview SkyDrive - Navigation
Options – Office Web Apps Preview Header navigation

As an added bonus, we also managed to grab hold of a screenshot of the Windows Live Devices website, which is used to manage devices and folders synced from the Windows Live Mesh application (part of Windows Live Essentials 2011). The website too has received a Metro overhaul, and most interestingly, the 5 GB of “SkyDrive synced storage” has been renamed to “Mesh synced storage” to avoid confusion between the two, particularly given that the new SkyDrive app for Windows and Mac also provides synchronisation and cloud storage capabilities. Check it out below:

Devices - Home

As always, these screenshots are from a pre-release version of SkyDrive, and as such everything you see here are subject to changes before it gets released. How do you like SkyDrive’s new look? Let us know in the comments below. Make sure you check back at LiveSide as we’ll continue to cover the latest news on the upcoming upgrade to Hotmail, SkyDrive and more. Stay tuned!

Posted July 25th, 2012 at 9:09 am
  • Lolwat

    Nut Butter.

  • Lolwat

    Nut Butter.

  • lakleeman

    Glad to see that Mesh might co-exist with SkyDrive!

  • lakleeman

    Glad to see that Mesh might co-exist with SkyDrive!

  • MsRose

    I must be the only one who doesn’t think Metro transfers well to bigger screens (fine on Zune HD and Windows Phone). 

    The amount of harsh white and those bright primary colours just doesn’t do it for me, too Fisher-Price. Schemes a little less harsh and more muted colours might be okay.

    • damaster

      You can switch to details (list) view if you prefer, in which case you won’t see the primary colored tiles). Plus the thumbnail (tiles) view is really designed for photos, so do expect the photos are shown on the folders instead of a big blue empty tile.

      • MsRose

        Well yes, but i meant overall. I think it looks great on the phone, and on the Zune HD, but i just don’t think it always transfers well to larger screens.

        I mean some people think Windows 8 looks great, but to me it looks like a candy-coated children’s toy. But to each their own, you either like it or you don’t really. 

        • Rico Alexander

          The metro design language doesn’t dictate using Fischer Price colors so the problem isn’t metro, its their designers.

          • MsRose

            I didn’t say the problem was Metro itself, i’m simply suggesting in it’s current form, purely from a looks point of view, it’s very basic looking and doesn’t upscale that impressively (to me).

  • MsRose

    I must be the only one who doesn’t think Metro transfers well to bigger screens (fine on Zune HD and Windows Phone). 

    The amount of harsh white and those bright primary colours just doesn’t do it for me, too Fisher-Price. Schemes a little less harsh and more muted colours might be okay.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      You can switch to details (list) view if you prefer, in which case you won’t see the primary colored tiles). Plus the thumbnail (tiles) view is really designed for photos, so do expect the photos are shown on the folders instead of a big blue empty tile.

      • MsRose

        Well yes, but i meant overall. I think it looks great on the phone, and on the Zune HD, but i just don’t think it always transfers well to larger screens.

        I mean some people think Windows 8 looks great, but to me it looks like a candy-coated children’s toy. But to each their own, you either like it or you don’t really. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rico-Alexander/1238539776 Rico Alexander

          The metro design language doesn’t dictate using Fischer Price colors so the problem isn’t metro, its their designers.

          • MsRose

            I didn’t say the problem was Metro itself, i’m simply suggesting in it’s current form, purely from a looks point of view, it’s very basic looking and doesn’t upscale that impressively (to me).

  • Breakingillusions

    love it,can’t wait to try skydrive and hotmail with metro <3
    one thing i didn't like: empty black space on the right side of Header navigation

  • Breakingillusions

    love it,can’t wait to try skydrive and hotmail with metro <3
    one thing i didn't like: empty black space on the right side of Header navigation

  • cmwind

    I like this a lot (the Hotmail screens y’all put up as well), and I love metro as a design language. BUTthe little we have seen from Windows Phone 8 (and from my experience using Windows Phone 7) somehow seems more sophisticated (both visually and functionally) than the Windows and Windows Live teams vision and concept of what metro is and what it meansEither way what I am truly excited about is the rumored functionality of having Xbox Music, Video, (and maybe cloud game saves?) integrated into SkyDrive (sadly I think we will have to wait until either the launch of Windows 8 on 10/26 OR perhaps not until the Xbox 360 gets its “Fall” update in late November)AND

    what I will never stop complaining about: the obvious move to make Skype a comprehensive Microsoft communications brand and have it replace “Hotmail” as the brand for their mail service (just makes sense: Skype chat, Skype call, Skype mail or @skypemail)

  • cmwind

    I like this a lot (the Hotmail screens y’all put up as well), and I love metro as a design language. BUTthe little we have seen from Windows Phone 8 (and from my experience using Windows Phone 7) somehow seems more sophisticated (both visually and functionally) than the Windows and Windows Live teams vision and concept of what metro is and what it meansEither way what I am truly excited about is the rumored functionality of having Xbox Music, Video, (and maybe cloud game saves?) integrated into SkyDrive (sadly I think we will have to wait until either the launch of Windows 8 on 10/26 OR perhaps not until the Xbox 360 gets its “Fall” update in late November)AND

    what I will never stop complaining about: the obvious move to make Skype a comprehensive Microsoft communications brand and have it replace “Hotmail” as the brand for their mail service (just makes sense: Skype chat, Skype call, Skype mail or @skypemail)

  • http://gregsedwards.wordpress.com/ Greg Edwards

    Interesting that a new group would still seem to get an @groups.live.com address. If the Windows Live branding is going away, one would expect that things would start to consolidate around hotmail.com, skydrive.com, and skype.com domains.

  • http://gregsedwards.wordpress.com Greg Edwards

    Interesting that a new group would still seem to get an @groups.live.com address. If the Windows Live branding is going away, one would expect that things would start to consolidate around hotmail.com, skydrive.com, and skype.com domains.

  • Ricardo Cirujano Torres

    I can’t wait to see and use all Hotmail / Skydrive improvements on the web. I hope that it will avariable on agoust. Windows 8 Apps (Mail, Messaging, Calendar) need to be better too! 

  • Ricardo Cirujano Torres

    I can’t wait to see and use all Hotmail / Skydrive improvements on the web. I hope that it will avariable on agoust. Windows 8 Apps (Mail, Messaging, Calendar) need to be better too! 

  • David

    They still need to come with better metro-style design for all these. Office Future Video was one good example of clean, beautiful and sleek metro-style design.

  • David

    They still need to come with better metro-style design for all these. Office Future Video was one good example of clean, beautiful and sleek metro-style design.

  • http://www.windows8brasil.com/ Luandersonn Airton Sousa Silva

    Like!!!!!!!

  • Luandersonn

    Like!!!!!!!

  • Mikeg_67

    These screens only show up in Windows 8 preview?

    • damaster

      No. They work in just about any major web browser out there.

  • Mikeg_67

    These screens only show up in Windows 8 preview?

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      No. They work in just about any major web browser out there.

  • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

    If these are leaked, where did these screenshots come from? And why is the LiveSide watermark added to the pictures if they were leaked?
    @damaster:disqus

  • http://techmansworld.blogspot.com/ncr MHazell

    If these are leaked, where did these screenshots come from? And why is the LiveSide watermark added to the pictures if they were leaked?
    @damaster:disqus