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Yahoo's grand homepage redesign leaks out

Raymond Wong
October 13th, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer has wasted no time in turning the Internet portal into a lean and mean Web machine since she landed the job in July. Next up on Mayer’s agenda after giving all Yahoo employees free iPhones and food is trimming all the bloat on the portal’s homepage. Business Insider claims the screenshot above is an authentic version for a redesigned Yahoo site. From what we can tell, the purported redesign doesn’t too change much, but dials back the purple coloring, cuts off all of the unnecessary categories in the left menu bar and opts for a dynamic search bar that remains at the top as users scroll down pages.

It’s not a complete redesign, but it’s a start as Mayer proves to investors and users that she is capable of restoring Yahoo back to its former glory.

Business Insider also notes the following changes:

  • The search bar is now centered, and is part of a darker toolbar that is fixed to the top of the page as the user scrolls down.
  • The Yahoo! logo is smaller, and no longer purple.
  • The word “search” has been replaced with a magnifying glass icon.
  • There are far fewer links to Yahoo Sites on the left side. Losers are: Dating, Flickr, Games, Jobs, Messenger, Music, My Yahoo!, and TV.
  • Local weather has its own module.
  • What’s trending has been deemphasized and moved to the left column.
  • This is a now second large story tout below the top stories.
  • Instead of just headlines, the news river has story summaries.
  • Astrology has its own module.

And here is a look at what the Yahoo homepage looks like when you scroll down:

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