Today I typed http://www.hotmail.com and was waiting for the usual blue-blue screen (which doesnt in any possible way represent an entrance or an entry point to a mail program). I have been using hotmail since the time they had that Blue-Yellow UI, which I BTW conidered bad choice of colors. And over the period their design team went more and more bonkers. So, I wasnt really expecting a surprise. But lo! Here, today I get the new sign-in page on my screen.
Reminds one of XP login?
Hey! This is the best design decision regarding hotmail that they have taken in years! Gosh! I wonder which genius figured that a mail sign in screen is better if you have just the signin on the page rather than a plethora of information!
Remember the old login?
What I like about the new design? For one, it loads up damn fast. And also, It perfectly matches with the domain and purpose of the site. When I type hotmail.com, I am expecting a screen that looks like a mail login. Earlier when I go to hotmail.com, I used to get a page which made me wonder almost always whether I am in the middle of a portal or some other application. Maybe its just me, but somehow the old login never made me feel as if I am entering a site. Also, the old one was too image rich so was very slow in loading under dialup conditions. The new one practically an empty page with just the login field. Thats a wise move. In fact the new hotmail login is BETTER than the gmail login and the yahoo login. Atleast thats my take! 🙂 Good work. Hotmail team….!!!
What more I would like here?
- When I type hotmail.com and get to the login, allow me to login with just my username. I dont want to add “@hotmail.com” everytime. If “@msn.com” users are trying to login, let them use msn.com! In hotmail.com, dont ask me to add the f**king domain name everytime!
- If I have multiple hotmail accounts, give me an option to save all of them in the login (just like remember username and password option). So, that when I come to hotmail.com, I have the list of all my hotmail ids there to click on and enter the site. If I have not asked to save the password, just show me the list my mail ids to click on and then ask me my password.
- Once inside, when I click “logout” bring me back to the login. DO NOT take me to the damn msn.com portal. If I need to go to msn.com, I know how to type the url in my browser!
*Update – Read this interesting post by Bala!