I'm very happy today to announce the launch of our new TechNet homepage!
We approached the redesign with three goals:
The new homepage has four main areas:
1. Headline Rotator displays up to four priority items such as the weekly TechNet feature story and major product announcements. This control is locale-aware, allowing participating subs to display local items to site visitors from their market. For headlines, we making a decisive editorial commitment to engaging IT Pros with a no-frills content experience that always provides useful IT resources to engage with and take action.
2. Top Tasks: These are the best links for the most common IT Pro tasks on TechNet.com
3. Technology News: The latest technical news and information on topics IT Pros care about, direct from the product groups (sourced from the Server & Tools Blogs Network and selected technical blogs from Windows, Office, and Phone). Because we are sourcing from more than 100 of our best blogs, news items should no more than 1-2 days old.
4. Local Resources: Only 50% of the visitors to the EN-US homepage are actually from the US. Local Resources is locale-specific content programmed by subsidiaries, and surfaced using new Locale-Aware controls.
In addition to richer content delivered in simpler user-experience, the new approach also offers business value for Microsoft:
Over the upcoming weeks we will be working with the EN subs mentioned above to retire their homepages, then we will start working with our largest non-EN subsidiaries to launch localized versions of the new design.
This project has been a great collaboration between many people and groups. Thank you to the local TechNet teams in US, Germany, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, and Singapore; to Walter Oswald, Neil Powell, Keith Combs, Lucinda Rowley, Yuko Matsumoto, and specially Mitch Irsfeld, Pui Chee Chan, and Damon Buxton.