Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
Not too long ago the TechNet Plus subscriber download area was revamped. I wasn’t terribly fond of the navigation methods used on that revamp so of course I sent some email on various occasions asking for a change. Apparently a lot of you did the same thing.
Tada! Ask and we shall receive!
The revamped download area has been revamped again and it’s a much flatter navigational view of the files that are available to you, the TechNet Plus subscriber.
The following list summarizes the features and improvements in the new UI in this release:
just 3 words
Thanks, thanks, thanks....
Oscar Soto Casali
MVP Directory Services
That's good news - it's MUCH better now, thanks for your input! But... one gripe is that it's still dependent on IE. I'd rather use my own download manager with Firefox.
And another thing, it would be nice if there was a way to list all downloads in order of date added/updated. That way we could quickly see if there has been anything new added to the downloads section.
Yes, I agree. We need a 30 day filter or something to see what has been added recently. I would also like a beta filter to show all products that have not been released.
I'll start rolling the feedback to the TechNet Plus team.
1) Yes, a whats new section is definitly missing
2) also the selection filters should be "multiple check boxes", so that it is possible to select ENG/Ger/MUI.
This is so much better. Easier to use and easier to find the products. It is good to see that a lot more thought has been put into this version than the last.
The 30 day filter actually on the downloads page would be a great idea.
Thanks for your input Keith.
Yeah, and MSDN too!!! Agreed, the site needs the return of the recent downloads area/filter.
It is great that the website now is improved, hopefully the improvements will be applied to other websites that seems to have been forgotten since before 2000 (like the MCP Store):
Ealier today i read Kai Axfords blog:
and my first thought were how to get BillG to use the MCP Store website and write his honest opinion about it to the relevant group inside Microsoft.
While were on the topic of criticising webpages, I want to criticise your blog-theme, when I write this response  and moves the mouse outside the Comments-area the cursor dissappears unless i move the cursor out to where the black colour starts. The first time I noticed I thought "what the hell happened to my mouse,", I tried ALT-Tabbing to another program I had running and the mouse were back, when I switched back again without moving the mouse it were gone again.
Perhaps you could use a lighter gray background colour that do not "hide" the cursor.
I use the default cursor-scheme (Windows Aero) in Vista, I could solve the problem by changing it but I dont want to do that just because of this small problem.
While not ideal, there is an RSS feed from the Home Page of the subscription site (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/default.aspx) that shows the most recently added. In addition (while it is not very apparent) the "Last Updated" header on the download page can be clicked to provide a sorted view by date for a particular product.