Design studio “If/Then” posted the mockups to their portfolio revealing that they were tasked to create a Mtro-inspired facelift to Microsoft’s infamous and confidential global employee intranet portal dubbed “msweb.”
The designers described the Metro visual style as a strong influence in their work.
“Microsoft asked us to redesign the interface for its global corporate intranet. The design challenge was to create a visual experience that would be as compelling in Redmond as it was in Beijing. We took direction from the Microsoft Metro visual style and created clean design that surface region specific information for each user. Employees called the result “stunning” and “inspiring.”,” writes If/Then.
Some relevant facts about the project:
- “Project length: 19 months
- Monthly page views: 5,212,331
- Launch date page views: 322,656,” If/Then revealed.
“With a monthly pageview count of 5.2 million hits, Microsoft’s 90,000 global employees will come to appreciate this redesign which at least looks rather appealing and should function just as well,” blogged Long Zheng.
Here are a couple of screenshots from If/Then website: