New Microsoft documentation service

If you work with Microsoft technologies as developer you will for sure use one of the newest Microsoft documentation service which is running 100% on Azure. And please remember it because you’ll need it in the future:

Service started as preview in May 2016 but get more serious with the content few days ago when Visual Studio Update 3 and .NET Core 1.0 was publically released (27th June 2016). So why this new service?

As Microsoft would like to say, content matters. And indeed, if you look into the content I’m pretty sure that you would like it. MS created modern web experience for content, simple and effective. And what’s goal is that could be only one to rule them all:


So, the goal for Microsoft is to transfer all content from two popular services MSDN and TechNet into this new service. Of course, hard to believe that it would be done in near future, but for some time it will be for sure. New look and feel is created during the survey of hundreds of developers and IT Pros and getting feedback from UserVoice.

Some of the key features for the new services are:

  • Readability
  • Estimated Reading Time
  • Content and Site Navigation
  • Shortened Article Length
  • Responsive Design
  • Community Contributions
  • Feedback Mechanisms
  • Social Sharing
  • Friendly URLs
  • Website theming

You can find more about this key features here.


And if you look for the documentation for .NET Standard and .NET Core Guide, this is possible the best place.


You could also actively participate getting better experiences with your comments to this new service.

One downside of the site at the moment is that you can’t search the content. You can help if you provide your feedback here.

At the and, I would like to mention also one special place which is not new but interesting to remind you, Roslyn powered .NET framework reference source browser:

Happy coding

About Spaso Lazarevic

Spaso Lazarevic is Software Engineer working with Microsoft technologies. Microsoft MVP for Visual C# 2012 - 2016.
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