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Metro UI for Windows Live Web Services Spotted [Screenshots]

During the Easter weekend, Technoblog discovered the upcoming new Metro UI of Windows Live web properties. “The new Metro UI, is a touch-friendly, meaning that it will work on tablets without having to pinch-and-zoom.”

“Clicking on the arrow in the header will bring you a Metro-styled menu, showing navigation to Hotmail, People, Calendar and SkyDrive,” revealed.

It’s definitely a good sign that Microsoft is bringing its Metro-style interface to Windows Live services.

Metro UI for Windows Live
Windows Live Metro UI

Tecnoblog also discovered a new Microsoft’s Internet Explorer TV ad features a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it screenshot of a new look SkyDrive website:

Also, as a evident, “Microsoft Windows User Experience team in Silicon Valley is seeking exceptional interaction designers to make the Windows Live web services, including Hotmail and SkyDrive, more powerful, engaging, and rewarding to use,” noted.

“As a UX Designer, you will work alongside some of the world’s most talented product designers, usability specialists, and software developers to build the next generation of the Windows Live web services. You will help set the vision for future experiences, serving as a user advocate to ensure the highest level of usability, desirability and customer satisfaction,” reads the job description.

Also, with Windows Live Wave 5, Microsoft had moved away from the large “wave” updates that happens every one-and-a-half years towards a tighter update schedule that brings “a little bit of innovation” every few months.

The “next update” due in late April/early May may see the following changes as part of the Wave 5 M3 update:

  • SkyDrive – paid storage, SkyDrive client apps for Windows and Mac, support for OpenDocument formats in Office Web Apps, BitLocker recovery keys management, URL shortening service, direct share to Twitter and Weibo, as well as increase of individual file size limit to 300 MB for web interface and 2GB through client apps.
  • Profile – expanded capabilities for various connect services such as Twitter and Weibo
  • Messenger – web-based video chat across all Windows Live web properties.

Watch this cool Internert Explorer TV ad from Microsoft UK: