Rumours have begun circulating that Microsoft is gearing up to overhaul its long-standing Hotmail platform, gadgethelpline.com reports.
They were started by leaked screenshots, which appear to confirm Microsoft will launch a direct replacement for the service - titled 'Newmail'. If this is true, Newmail is expected to be launched alongside Windows 8 later this year.
The platform has been suggested by many to have taken inspiration from Gmail, offering a total overhaul on the current offering which has been in place largely unchanged for years. New features involve a much cleaner interface, which would tie up well with the sparse and minimalist setup of Windows 8.
As with Hotmail, inbox and outbox folders are located down the left hand side of the screen, although the 'new', 'delete' and 'reply' tabs have been scaled back at the top of the page. This change, brands using email marketing may be keen to know, would leave much more room underneath for the main body of the email.
Hotmail was renamed to 'Live Mail' recently, although few refer to it as such, still calling it by its original name.
As yet, no information has been released of whether the update will include new '@newmail' addresses or whether Microsoft will remain offering new users @hotmail addresses.
Speaking to tech2.in.com after the leak, email expert Padmini Harchandrai explained: "It is not known when Microsoft will roll out the new design as well as Newmail, but it will be interesting to see if existing Hotmail users make the switch, or switch over to a rival email service like Gmail."