Yahoo’s Big Redesign Emerges

    July 21, 2009
    Chris Crum

Yahoo is in the process of rolling out its new home page design. The design has been widely discussed since last year, but is finally making its way throughout the US.

While the design does not appear to be available to all of us yet, some have been fortunate enough to experience it, and consider it an improvement.

"The official launch of what was codenamed ‘Metro,’ which Yahoo had previously said was coming in the fall, will take place on an opt-in ‘beta’ basis for the hundreds of millions of users in the U.S. and will be extended to France, the U.K. and India later this week," says Kara Swisher of All Things Digital, who provides the following screenshots.

Yahoo New Homepage

Yahoo New Homepage

For fun, Swisher also has provided a nice look at what the Yahoo homepage has looked like over the last 15 years. Go here to see a nice retrospective.

The latest incarnation lets users customize the page with different third-party apps, like with Facebook in the above screenshot. It looks like this provides some additional ad space as well.

The app list, which is customizable, can hold up to 36 apps. Think of it basically like having browser tabs (or Firefox bookmarks) to your favorite sites on the front page of Yahoo for easy access.

Customization is a direction Yahoo has certainly been pointing in for a while now. We’ve seen this with things like SearchMonkey and Search BOSS, which allow users to customize search results.

What do you think about Yahoo’s new home page? Are you seeing it yet?