Microsoft launches new documentation portal for developers

Developers who use Microsoft software and services are used to accessing content on the company's TechNet and MSDN sites. Today, the company revealed that it has started revamping that content with the first phase of its http:// launch.

In a blog post, Microsoft stated:

It was clear we needed to make a change and create a modern web experience for content. The first thing we did was evaluate our existing content infrastructure TechNet and MSDN. Both sites are built on a 10-15 year-old brittle codebase with an archaic publishing and deployment system that was never designed to run on the cloud.Our focus was not only on the experience, but also on the content we create and how each of you consume it. For years customers have told us to go beyond walls of text with feature-level content and help them implement solutions to their business problems. We knew that the content we delivered and the platform we built must make it easy for customers to learn and deploy solutions.

The first phase of the project is for Enterprise Mobility Documentation, and more documents will be moved to the new site in the months to come. Some of its features include adding an estimated reading time for each article, improvements in site navigation, a responsive design to accommodate smartphones, tablets and PCs, comment support and even a way to switch the site from a light to dark theme.

John Callaham