As you all know the old MP Catalog site website is replaced by the new PinPoint website. And not everybody is used to the new way of searching for Management Packs yet ;-) And today I got a question about finding an overview of the latest Management Packs ordered by release date. As I was not able to create such a view on the new PinPoint MP Catalog website I turned to our good old Microsoft Download website.
WARNING: Today I found out that my previous search on the Microsoft Download site not returned all expected results. I changed some of the search options and this is the best search result I can get at the moment. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/results.aspx?freetext=management+pack&sortCriteria=Date&sortOrder=Descending&stype=ss_rr&displaylang=en&nr=10
Disclamer: please use your own search strings also, to check if the above search is returning all your MP searches!
It’s still not completely the same experience as our old MP Catalog website (no third-party MP's as you can imagine) but you can easily order by release date. Because this is something that’s missing on the PinPoint Website.
Remark: I know you can find the latest Plugin’s on the PinPoint Website, but you still not see the release date immediately.
I created an easy to remember URL for your good old Microsoft Download website: http://tinyurl.com/oldmpcatalog
Please use this search as a starting point for your MP searches: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/results.aspx?freetext=management+pack&sortCriteria=Date&sortOrder=Descending&stype=ss_rr&displaylang=en&nr=50
Have fun searching for your Management Packs!