Upcoming Content Changes (Updated 12/16/2005)

(Note: Post updated to reflect continued availability of affected products until late December 2005.)   Today, I’m writing to raise awareness of an upcoming change to some of the content that ships within MSDN Subscriptions or is offered through MSDN Subscriber Downloads.   As many of you may be aware, several years ago Microsoft Corporation and…

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Upcoming Content Changes

Today, I’m writing to raise awareness of an upcoming change to some of the content that ships within MSDN Subscriptions or is offered through MSDN Subscriber Downloads.   As many of you may be aware, several years ago Microsoft Corporation and Sun Microsystems agreed to extend Microsoft’s license to use Sun’s Java source code and…

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Ready to Rock!

It’s launch day!  Longtime musical group Cheap Trick opened up this morning’s launch of Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005, and BizTalk Server 2006 with an updated rendition of “Hello There” before turning over the floor to Steve Ballmer to introduce this long-awaited trio of products. As an MSDN subscriber, you’ve likely already downloaded and sampled the…

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Reflections on MSDN Subscription Changes

It’s been nearly two weeks since I returned from what was, for me, one of the best PDC events in recent memory.    While many may think that I attended PDC for the sessions and the attendee party at Universal Studios (very worthwhile, I must say), I also spent a fair amount of my time…

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Almost forgot – MSDN Subscriber Downloads now supports Firefox!

And Opera.  Funnily enough, when we were doing the initial planning for our 3.0 platform I got some pushback from the dev team on this requirement because only .5% of our old site traffic was on a non-IE browser.  After we realized that they were serious we got the requirement straightened out, only changing it from…

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See you at PDC

For those of you who will be attending, I’ll be at PDC (as an attended) but at the MSDN booth most lunchtimes and Tuesday evening.  If you’re in the area, go ahead and swing by if you’d like to say Howdy and tell me how much you just love the new MSDN Subscriber Downloads site. …

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Setting download UI language

A quick update on how the download language can be set in the MSDN Subscriber Downloads site.  Currently, there is a language pull-down box in the site header that can be used to select a language.  This pulldown is going away, and there are two main ways to select your UI language: 1.  The localized…

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Ticking off the TOC

Every now and then I get mail along the lines of: “Hey Micro$oft, how come yer Subscriber Downloads site is so bad?  It takes the Table of Contents 5 minutes to load over my Packard Bell 28.8K modem!?!?!”.  U have $40 Billion dollars so why don’t you spend some and fix the stupid Subscriber Downloads…

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MSDN Subscriber Downloads Personalization (well sort of)

There is some high-level personalization that gets done within the MSDN Subscriber Downloads site.  This, behind Search, was the top customer request in terms of feature requests for MSDN Subscriber Downloads.  After selecting the Subscriber Downloads benefit, you’ll have a “My Download Preferences” option on the toolbar.  Mainly, these have to do with filtering the…

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Product Search in MSDN Subscriber Downloads (Finally!)

I have on my wall an original poster (dated 1997) announcing the new MSDN Subscriber Downloads site.  Back then, the MSDN Subscription had a single level, a few hundred products, and a fairly simple Table of Contents (it also had search functionality, ironically).  Now the MSDN Subscriber Downloads site has thousands of products organized across…

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