Yahoo tests new Windows 8-like home page

The new page utilizes larger tiles and appears geared toward touch-screen devices.

Yahoo's home page could be in for another change. Screenshot by Roger Cheng/CNET

Yahoo may be drawing some inspiration from Microsoft in its latest home page redesign.

The Internet search and media company is testing out a new version of its home page that uses larger tiles similar to Microsoft's Windows 8, according to AllThingsD.

The redesign seems better suited for touch-screen devices, a smart move with the increasing proliferation of tablets and other touch-friendly "hybrid" devices coming from the launch of Windows 8, alongside iPads and smartphones with increasingly larger displays.

The approach uses large photos stacked at the top of the page, similar to both Windows 8's live tiles, but also the feel of apps such as Flipboard. The redesign is an initiative codenamed "Project Homerun," according to AllThingsD.

Because of the huge traffic Yahoo's home page generates, any change could have a significant impact on the company and its financial state.

CNET has contacted Yahoo to confirm the project is under way, and we'll update the story when we get a response.

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Roger Cheng is the executive editor in charge of breaking news for CNET News. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade. He's a devoted Trojan alum and Los Angeles Lakers fan.

 

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