Microsoft News

John W. Stanton joins Microsoft board

Microsoft News

Microsoft takes the Lumia 930 to the Cornbury music festival

Microsoft News

China's going after Microsoft, but what for?


Analysis of Microsoft's Q4 2014 results


Xbox Video and Music are getting 'streamlined' says Nadella


Video of Microsoft's secret labs offers a look into the world of Surface

Windows Phone News

5.8 million Lumia smartphones sold this last quarter

General News

Microsoft generates $23.38 billion in revenue for FY14 Q4

General News

Microsoft focuses on design to unify separate platforms

General News

Microsoft to hold one big IT conference in May 2015 as they replace TechEd [Update]

Microsoft News

Microsoft 'betrayed' Finland, says Finnish finance minister of layoffs


Putting the Microsoft job cuts into perspective

Microsoft News

Stephen Elop explains how recent job cuts will affect Microsoft's handset division

Microsoft News

Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs in the next year

Microsoft News

Microsoft layoffs allegedly happening tomorrow, will be largest in company history

Microsoft News

Microsoft widens its renewable energy commitment with wind farm deal in Illinois

Microsoft News

'Microsoft needs to change', says CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft News

Microsoft set to lay off large amounts of staff in upcoming organizational changes


Is Microsoft readying a Lumia device that runs Android?

Microsoft News

Bought new Windows hardware? Trade in your old devices with Microsoft's Buy Back scheme


Summer Of Metro Continues – SkyDrive & Web Messenger get the new look

Summer Of Metro Continues – SkyDrive gets the new look

The metrification of Microsoft’s web properties continues. Yesterday we reported that the Accounts page update was rolling out. This time Liveside are reporting a leak of the new, flatter SkyDrive. Word is, that we will see these changes appear around August time. Amongst the changes deduced from the screenshots looks like we can expect to see:-

  • Thumbnails of Office document types
  • Ability to select files from the thumbnail view
  • Improved access to storage management, tagging and changing language type
  • Groups accessible from the left hand column

Summer Of Metro Continues – SkyDrive gets the new look

Personally, as a long time user of Microsoft’s online services these changes could not have come soon enough. Finally, we are losing the baggy, old-fashioned look of before and the different parts are coming together, united under Metro. It is plain to see in these shots that they are making the web experience more touch friendly. Exciting times for Microsoft, I look at what they have been doing over the last few months as we edge towards the big launches and Microsoft are almost unrecognisable from where they were this time last year. Let us hope they keep it up.

Web messenger

Rich - Always chatty in the mornings..

What do you guys think of the changes? Does Microsoft have the minimal design bug? Anything you would like to see rolled into the new Skydrive UI? Let us know!

Plenty more screen shots are available over at so be sure to head along and have a look.




There are 17 comments. Sign in to comment

MrSean490 says:

Don't think I'm familiar with web messenger.

exyaster says:

Web Messenger has been there for a while. It was there even back in Wave 3 of Windows Live. It just finally looks good.

theefman says:

Let's just hope they Metrify the desktop just as thoroughly, otherwise it will integrate poorly with the rest of Windows 8 and their other services. And you can be sure they will be bashed for that mercilessly by the tech "press".

robert brand says:


I agree, but also I think they need to make the Metro side of Windows 8 as fully featured as possible with incremental updates. We have to wait a short time now for RTM but with that we should finally see what MS has done in the last stages. The desktop side of things has for the most part, just been flattened, so it will sit well with the new Office and Microsoft websites.


theefman says:

They also need to have Metro icons for explorer and the explorer views themselves, right now they don't fit. The Office look and feel would be ideal, I think.

Nataku4ca says:

i think its wise to proceed with these changes slowly, alot of the regular folks i know tend to resist more when more changes happen at the same time, i think it will take a year or two to slowly fully metrofy everything


s2korpio says:

I quite like it. It looks clean, though some of the elegant elements are gone. I hope MS won't turn Metro into a utilitarian theme.

RaRa85 says:

Me neither. I'm all for Metro but we need some flash and pizzazz somewhere in the mix of things.

mjrtoo says:

Personally, I like it a lot. But, its quite a change and is going to polarize windows users into W7 and W8 groups unless Microsoft adds some element of elegance with transitions etc. I already see it happening within my small social group.

ade333 says:

You mean small nerd group? :-D Sorry, had to do it !

mjrtoo says:

Lol, some yes, some no. More like the people I work with of varying knowledge of computers etc.

Loxias says:

I got invited to the Office Web App Preview earlier in the week.  Wish it included the Metro versions of Skydrive, Hotmail etc.  I'll be glad when the full package comes together.

oldgaius says:

The sooner the better. I've been enjoying the new Office Web Apps (as a Mac user, the updated OneNote is a treat!), but I can't wait for SkyDrive and Hotmail to shed their ugly skins.

Bruno H says:

My only wish is that groups gets a better treatment. I want to sync files from groups to my PC, as we do with the personal SkyDrive.

Dannay says:

I like it :) and aww web messenger how different and nice it looks from like 6 years ago haha

ahuczek says:

Bloody gorgeous