Microsoft’s popular Hotmail email service will become ‘Newmail’ when Windows 8 launches later this year, it has been revealed by The Verge.
Screenshots of the new-look email service leaked in both German and English online, showing us what Microsoft plans to do with Hotmail within the next few months. The hugely popular online email client has recently become ‘Live Mail’, although most still refer to it as Hotmail, the name it was given many years ago when Microsoft launched it.
The redesign fits in nicely with Microsoft’s new minimalist vibe for Windows 8, and is also in keeping with the tile-based Metro user interface. Many are already drawing comparisons to Google’s redesign of Gmail, which launched a couple of months ago.
Inbox and Outbox folders are listed down the left-hand side of the window, much like the Windows Live Mail application that exists today. Mail options such as New, Delete, Categories and Move to are located in a blue bar along the top of the screen, leaving much of the screen real estate left for email viewing.
The familiar tile interface of Windows 8 comes in too, with options for Mail, Contacts, Calendar and SkyDrive all featuring on simple tile icons.
Hotmail has become one of the most popular webmail clients over the past decade, starting off life in the nineties and going through much iteration before the Live Mail version that we have today.
With Windows 8 expected to launch in October of this year, it’s likely that Microsoft will launch Newmail at the same time. It will be available on desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones and many more quirky devices that launch later in the year.