Welcome to my blog. I've recently moved into the role of Product Unit Manager for the Library Experience team.  In this role I am responsible for the MSDN TechNet Publishing System (MTPS), the MSDN and TechNet online libraries and the new Help Viewer released with Visual Studio 2010. In this post I'll give an overview of my team's technologies and a brief description of what you can expect to find in future posts. I hope you will visit often.

MSDN TechNet Publishing System

MTPS is a publishing solution that:

  • Hosts global sites such as msdn.microsoft.com, technet.microsoft.com, expression.microsoft.com and help.outlook.com
  • Provides public access to help content through web services and enables community tools like Publish This! and msdnman
  • Delivers connected in-product help experiences for products like Visual Studio 2008, Exchange 2010 and Windows Server 2008
  • Packages content that can be installed locally for offline use

MSDN & TechNet Libraries

The libraries contain reference and conceptual material that help developers and ITPro's use Microsoft technologies.  You can see these sites at:

Notice you can change your view of the library based on your personal preference.  In a later post I'll go into more detail on these views.

Help Viewer

The Help Viewer is a new offline viewer releasing as part of Visual Studio 2010. The new architecture provides a level of openness that allows customers and partners to innovate on the experience and capabilities and drive offline Help forward to meet their needs.  For this release, our key tenets were:

  • View online and offline content in a familiar, browser-based experience
  • Ensure your local help is relevant and up-to-date
  • Get fast and relevant search results using F1 and full text searches
  • Benefit from a simple-standards-based architecture

I'll be using this blog to provide insights into all three of these product areas including feature overviews, technical deep dives and future directions. I'll also share some of team's internal implementation experiences (like using MVC for the first time).  I look forward to sharing as well as hearing from people who use our solutions. Tell me what my team and I can do in the help space to make you successful using Microsoft technologies.