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Yahoo tests new Windows 8-like home page

The new page utilizes larger tiles and appears geared towards touchscreen devices.

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 utilizes larger tiles similar to Microsoft’s Windows 8, according to AllThingsD.

The redesign seems better suited for touchscreen 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.

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