Since I had a short turn around time for this project I kept the sketches and the wireframes really simple. The new portal would display only the things that I found absolutely essential but yet it could also have widgets for weather, tasks, emails etc. You'll notice that the sketch and the wireframe differ a little and that's because I want to continue developing the UI into something more practical and nice looking honestly.
This is something I'm still developing in my spare time but as you'll see by the screenshot below, I managed to design and code the UI to resemble the sketches. Next phase will be making the widgets fully functional and converting it into a desktop application.
You can play with the demo here.