Microsoft today has unveiled a new homepage preview that's been inspired by the company's all-or-nothing Metro-design approach. The old homepage gets still opened when you load the Microsoft website in a web browser of choice, with the new homepage only available on a preview location that you can access here.
I always found the old homepage to be messy, filled with links and really hard to navigate. While it offered a search at the top, it often took several attempts to find a specific product or page on the website that I was looking for.
Here is a screenshot of the current Microsoft homepage
Take a look at the new homepage below
What you immediately notice is that the new homepage uses a fluid design that dynamically changes the width of the content so that it fits exactly on the screen, and can be viewed optimally regardless of screen size or device used to access it. While you may need to scroll down more on smaller screens, you will get the same contents and layout on all devices that you use to open the website.
Fonts and elements have been increased on the new site, which makes the page even more accessible on devices with smaller screen resolutions.
The biggest chance for me is the removal of the "link-mess" on the homepage. It is now a lot easier to find what you are looking for on the website. The homepage is not the only page on the website that has been optimized. Take a look at the re-designed download center, which finally offers direct access to operating system specific downloads.
When you click on an operating system link, you are taken to a page that highlights a selection of downloads for that system. If you click on Windows 7 for instance, you find the Service Pack and the compatibility center prominently displayed at the top, and below that a selection of top downloads that include desktop backgrounds, IE9, Windows Live applications or language packs for the operating system. At the very bottom is a link to the original download center where you find all available downloads.
I have to admit that I really like the new homepage design. It looks clear, crisp and modern. What's your take on the new homepage design?