Announcing Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework Sample Browser v5 – A Big Refresh with Expansion to 3500+ code samples, Favorite Searches, Flexibilities & More

In partnership with MSDN Samples Gallery, Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework this morning is releasing a brand new version for its Sample Browser, which introduces a big search expansion to over 3500 quality code samples, the new Favorite Searches and Favorite Samples functions for managing your beloved samples, the integration of social media sharing, the enriched query conditions & more.  Its Zune-style user experience is still stunning.   This is a big refresh of Sample Browser since the last release half a year ago.  We sincerely hope that worldwide developers will love it!





New Features

1. Expansion to Searching and Downloading 3500+ code samples

The new Sample Browser is expanded to search and download over 3500 samples from MSDN Samples Gallery - including 800+ Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework samples, 480+ Windows 8 Beta samples, 600+ Windows Forms, ASP.NET, Silverlight and WPF samples, and a lot more.  This is the biggest feature added to the new Sample Browser.  Please search and download the samples e.g. All-In-One Code Framework and enjoy the new experience!


2. Favorite Samples and Favorite Searches

You can add a sample to “favorite” by pressing the “love” icon, or by right-clicking the sample and choosing “add to favorites”.  To remove a sample from favorites, you uncheck the “love” icon, or choose “delete from favorites” in the context menu.


You can later find all your favorite samples by clicking FAVORITES


Favorite Searches” allows you to save a search condition to favorites and revisit the searches in future.  For example, you search for Visual Studio 2010 C++ samples. The query will appear in Search History. You right-click the query, and choose “Add to Favorite Searches”.


The search condition will be saved to the “Favorite Searches”, and you can easily revisit this search in future. 



3. Social Media Integration

Ever wondered how the social media is discussing about certain samples or wanted to quickly share some samples to your twitter or Facebook account?  With the social media integration feature added to Sample Browser v5, these can be done with one simple click.

When you are browsing a sample in Sample Browser, you can switch to the “social” tab.


You will see all Twitter discussions about the sample.   You can also quickly share the sample in your social media accounts e.g. Twitter, by clicking the twitter icon.


4. Flexibility in downloading and managing samples

We heard lots of customer voice for the flexibility in downloading new samples, downloading only sample updates and deleting samples from the local repository.  With the new release, you gain the full flexibility now!

In the search result list, select or multiple select (by pressing Ctrl / Shift / Ctrl+A) samples and right click.  Then you can enjoy the flexibility to download samples, download only the sample updates if available, cancel the downloading samples, delete the sample from local repository, or redownload the samples.



5. Enriched Sample Query Conditions

The search condition bar is enriched to provide more options for filtering the samples.   We newly added “Author” – so you can filter samples by author name e.g. “All-In-One Code Framework”.  We also added the “Affiliation” filter – so you can find samples that are officially published by Microsoft.  We are also support Visual Studio 11 Beta samples, Visual Studio LightSwitch samples, and mroe



6. Over 20 other new features, performance improvements, and bug fixes

Besides the above features, there are over 20 relatively small features and performance improvements, bug fixes. For example, we added a “cancel” button to allow you to cancel the sample search.


We added a search result cache to improve the search speed.  In application settings, we allow developers to configure the number of queries to be saved in the search history, etc.  Please play with the Sample Browser, and discover these interesting small improvements by yourself. Smile



1. How can I upgrade Sample Browser v4 (the last release) to the new Sample Browser

You will have to first uninstall Sample Browser v4 from “Programs and Features”, and then install the new Sample Browser from

2. After installing the new version, where can I find my downloaded samples?

The samples are still in the sample repository folder that you configured for Sample Browser v4. The new Sample Browser redesigned the sample storage structure for the sample search expansion.  Though we tried lots of effort, the new sample storage structure could not be compatible with the old sample storage structure in Sample Browser v4.  So in order that the browser can recognize the downloaded samples, you will have to redownload them.

3. Where can I find Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework samples in the new Sample Browser?

You can find over 800 All-In-One Code Framework samples featuring developers most typical programming tasks by clicking the following icon.



Feedback and Question Submission

Please feel free to email  We would love to hear your feedback and suggestions and make the improvements.



First of all, we want to give special thanks to all those who used the last version of Sample Browser and suggested improvements to Your feedback helped us understand where we can do better than the last version, and we will do better and better thanks to your suggestions!  We also want particularly thank two Microsoft internal innovation community: The Garage and The Space.  These are groups of truly innovative people who would love to use their spare time to contribute to interesting projects such as the sample browser.  Many volunteers from the Garage and the Space step up to test the browser and shared useful suggestions.

This new version of Sample Browser is developed by our SDE Leco Lin, Infi Xu with helps from Min Zhu. It's designed by Jialiang Ge with helps from Dan Ruder and Mei Liang.  Our tester Qi Fu, and Leo Zhou, Eric Wu, Anand Malli from TheGarage/TheSpace community tested the application, strangled the bugs, and reviewed the code.  Special thanks to Mei Liang and Dan Ruder for their three-page-long suggestions to the browser.  They also demonstrate the browser to the Visual Studio team for future integration with Visual Studio.  Last but not least, we want to particularly thank Steven Wilssens and his MSDN Samples Gallery team. This team created the amazing MSDN Samples Gallery – the host of all samples. We have a beautiful partnership, and we together make the ideas of Sample Browser come true.

Comments (16)

  1. Fabio Lavatelli says:

    cool!  the new browser is very useful.

  2. Diego Cooper says:


  3. Dmitry Pursanov says:

    Very nice update! Thank you for the work.

  4. dotnet developer says:

    thank you for what you have done for developers!

  5. FlyAiRuyDove says:

    very good!nice…

  6. Pragnesh says:

    Is the Browser Plugin of VS 2010 upgraded as well?

  7. Hello Pragnesh

    Yes, we are working on the VS2010 and VS11 versions of the Sample Browser. Will update the community as soon as the VS extensions are upgraded.  Thanks! 🙂

  8. Chris Reynolds says:

    Any suggestions on how to get it to run on Windows 8 CP?

  9. Hello Chris

    We are in progress of fixing this issue that the sample browser cannot be started in Windows 8 CP.  We have discovered the cause and the solution.  As soon as a fix is release, I will update you here.

  10. Anonymous Monkey says:

    This application is an example of why these "modern" UIs must never be created.

    1) Scrollbars are so tiny (but oh my are they beautiful!), that they are really hard to hit with trackpad.

    2) And (1) is extremely important because Synaptic trackpad doesn't scroll those beautiful lists.

    Screw usability, right?

  11. Jon Davis says:

    I came across this after already spending some time browsing samples from within the Visual Studio Extensions and Updates gallery. Is it possible when using the desktop browser to configure a "Local sample repository" folder setting that integrates with VS such that VS2012 will automatically read from when providing samples in the New Project dialog?

  12. dobrys says:

    Look promising, but….

    Almost every sample I'm downloading is INCOMPLETE !!!! ???

    There are missing files from solution. Important files – as Program.cs

    I need to click "Download again" – to get it.

    I'm on Windows 7 Pro.

    please fix it.

  13. ASIF says:

    I am a student and I want to write Arabic in wpf richtextbox using C#,

    Kindly help me at email below Thanks

  14. Billy says:

    Flashy and pointless app, whose sole purpose is to satisfy its coder's need to write something.

    Just provide a single zip file of all the sample code, we programmers know our way around a folder tree.

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