September Update to docs.microsoft.com adds site-wide search, improved performance and more

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Microsoft today announced the September Update to docs.microsoft.com, their technical documentation portal for developers and IT Pros. This September Update includes improved performance and new features like site-wide search and more. Read about them below.

Performance Improvements:

They worked on improving the underlying code and CSS – we reduced the size of the fetched page by about 40%, which should make it much faster and also saving you data on mobile devices.

Addition of Site-Wide Search:

You will no longer have to rely on a search engine and use the site:docs.microsoft.com filter in your search query. Simply open any page within docs.microsoft.com and use the search box:

Reference Content Styling:

They have made improvements to the API reference documentation pages. Those are now formatted the same way conceptual pages are (use the System.String page as a reference).

Improved Theme Switching:

docs.microsoft.com already supports light and dark themes. You will now consistently see the theme that you selected, on all pages, with no delay.

Improved Language Picker:

docs.microsoft.com supports a variety of locales for international content. Users can now switch languages with a dropdown, located in the site footer, accessible from a keyboard or screen reader software:

Sticky Action/Navigation Bar:

When scrolling through a large article, often times users want a quick jump-off point to another section or simply use one of the built-in quick actions, such as editing or sharing. To make sure that’s possible, they made the action/navigation bar on the right side of the page sticky, so that you can always quickly access the necessary information.

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