MSDN Developer Portal Gets A Major Revamp

Today Microsoft launched the new Microsoft Developer Network site. There are two primary use modes for the MSDN web site.  The biggest one is search.  For example Binging“CommentRegex” and your top results will be the MSDN pages for the class reference.

The second is catching up on the latest happenings in the community, announcements, etc. The second use has been the focus of the revamp. Microsoft has worked to create an improved experience called the Microsoft Developer Network.  It is a major update to the MSDN home page and gives a more modern place to go as a central landing page to find out everything about developing for Microsoft platforms.

Targets in the Microsoft Developer Network:

  • Simple: Microsoft designed the site to help developers get started with Microsoft more easily, and get them to the information that they need.  Finding the right information, often spread between different locations, could be challenging.  The Microsoft Developer Network addresses that feedback by providing a single point of entry for all developers.
  • Relevant: Microsoft wanted to meet developers where they are and talk with them on their terms.  With the Microsoft Developer Network, an iOS developer, for example, can quickly understand the opportunity available from our platform and then easily navigate to the educational or technical content he needs to get started.
  • Community Driven: Microsoft has an incredible developer ecosystem, and we wanted to provide even more opportunity for the community to engage with us and with each other.  We designed the Microsoft Developer Network with that in mind creating a “Perspectives” section with community blogs, an integrated social feed, and a “Connect” area that allows developers to tell their stories, get advice and connect with us directly.

One thing you’ll also see across the Microsoft Developer Network is a way to get directly to our Visual Studio tools and your MSDN subscription, from anywhere in the network.

The site launch happening today is for English-based geographies, but this is just the beginning of a phased worldwide launch.   Expect to see the global launch roll out over the next few months!

Source: Brian Harry’s Blog