Several months ago I promised we would listen and make changes to the search site as you provided feedback.  In the last two months since we launched the current search, we have been listening to your feedback and we are working to improve a few more things.  If you saw the MSDN TV article you may have seen a demo I showed on the tha "advanced search UI". 

We are still examining implementations, but I would like to introduce for your consideration, our first iteration of the these features.  You can see the search and play with it at http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/search/refinement.aspx.  The features included are:

  • More content!
  • Exact Match
  • Narrow by Site
  • Narrow by Category
  • Cleaned up interface

One of the first things you may notice it no more tabs.  We removed the tabs because we heard from you that you didn't see them.  But we also heard you wanted the content, so we combined the content into the base query and you can filter out the content you don't want.  For example,  if you are searching for a term like ATLAS, you can remove the blogs sites from the results.  

Additionally,  It is important to remember because we built on the MSN, you have the ability to build your own query with the MSN query language!   The language works this way:

Operation

Syntax

Examples

All Terms

term1 AND term2
term1 & term2
term1 term2

Console AND WriteLine
Console & WriteLine
Console WriteLine

Any Terms

term1 OR term2
term1 | term2

Word OR Excel
Word | Excel

Exclude

term1 -term2

FindWindow -CE

Group

(term1 term2)

FindWindow AND (CE OR MFC)

Exact Phrase

"phrase"

"Provider Toolkit"

Preference

prefer:[op]term2

FindWindow prefer:MFC

 

So play, have fun, and let us know what you like and don’t like.  We are working on a few more features including; Narrow by Product, Narrow by Keyword, Text Suggestion, and more.  You can influence this process. If something is not working let me know the query you tried, and what is the nature of the topic you are looking for.   We appreciate your feedback and hope to hear from you soon.