The quiet but consistent rollout of Windows 10 look and feel continues to march across Microsoft’s websites. This morning you can now see the new look Devices page on the new Microsoft account pages that reflect the look and feel as well as the icons for Windows 10. It is certainly more dramatic than the current device look you find on the Windows Phone pages today and is likely the look we can expect to see across all Microsoft digital properties in the coming months.
To check out the new account pages, visit https://account.microsoft.com/ and sign in with your Microsoft account. There you will see all of your account information and can make changes to it. On the top menu you will see
Phones as an option. When you click it you are taken to the new Windows 10 look Phones page where you see all of your Windows Phones listed. Here you will see all of your phones listed on one page, something that you cannot do currently on the Windows Phone website. You can also see by the screenshot of my Phone page the new Windows 10 icons for phones, each phone’s number (I’ve blanked mine out) and a link where you can go find your phone or get support. Click that link and it takes you to the new Phone details page.
The new Phone Details page is much cleaner than the current Windows Phone device page and provides you with more details about your device. On this page you can see your device’s phone number, IMEI and of course see where it is located on a map. Like before, you can lock your phone, ring it or erase it. To the left I have a screenshot of the Windows Phone
device page for my Lumia 1320 and the new one next to it for comparison.
One of the things that I find interesting is that all of this information has migrated from what has been the Windows Phone site to the overall account site. Right now the menu at the top of the page says Phones but the URL, https://account.microsoft.com/devices, suggests that it isn’t just about Windows Phone any more. We could see under Windows 10 a single location where you can find all of your devices, not just your phones.
The concept certainly is not new. Apple introduced Find My Mac with OS X Mavericks last year and from one page you can find all of your iOS and OS X devices that you have registered with your Apple ID. Microsoft could simply be following suit which, given the wide range of devices that Windows 10 will be running on, makes perfect sense. It gives us as users one place to find all our devices no matter what type of device it happens to be.
Undoubtedly this is only the beginning of site changes we will see from Microsoft as Windows 10 progresses along towards a release later this year. For now though we have a good appetizer of what is to come.