We have taken a bunch of your feedback and last night we updated the UX for downloads for MSDN, TechNet and Expression subscriptions.

You can read the entire update post from Chris Deluca who leads the development team for the Subscriptions site and platform @ http://blogs.msdn.com/msdnsubscriptions/archive/2008/07/30/new-and-improved-subscriber-download-ui-is-live.aspx

Please add your feedback and comments to Chris's post, we want to hear from you!

Check it out @ http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx 

Here is the update list of features...

The following list summarizes the features and improvements in the new UI in this release:


·         The “twitchy” fly-out menu with the strange mouse behavior is gone.  RIP.

·         The product list is categorized. This was the most commonly requested organization structure. 

·         The table of contents has been flattened from three levels to two so finding products will be easier. 

·         The list of products can be narrowed easily by using the search filter. 

·         You can find products by using the filtered search or by browsing the table of contents. 

·         You can now search on part of a product name, e.g. “2007,” or on the name of an edition, e.g. “Ultimate” (as in Windows Vista Ultimate or Microsoft Office Ultimate).

·         If a file contains more than one product edition, the names of the editions are listed in plain view. 

·         File downloading, key related tasks, and product information are provided on the same page so you will no longer have to navigate from one page where you search for a product to another where you download files and claim keys. And if you encounter an error on the site, you’ll no longer be taken to a separate error page.

·         File downloading, key related tasks, and relevant information can be seen in a single row so you’ll no longer have to scroll to the bottom of the page to find product keys.

·         Download sizes are displayed prominently so you can see how big the file is before you initiate the download.

·         You can now sort product files by the date they were updated, or by their availability based on your subscription level. 

·         The site will “remember” your last settings for media type, e.g. “DVD,” and architecture, e.g. “x86.”  If no files match your settings, the site will automatically suggest less-restrictive settings.


Larry W Jordan Jr - Product Unit Manager for the MSDN and TechNet Infrastructure and Services Team