Like that famous car manufacturer slogan: You asked for it, you got it...a new UI!  Like that famous burger slogan: Have it your way, have it your way...a whole new UI!  Like that famous computer manufacturer slogan: Dude, you're getting a new UI! 

 

I am pleased to announce that we are releasing our new and improved subscription download UI today.  The new subscriber downloads UI takes into account feedback we received on community blogs, forums, and surveys.  The UI you overwhelmingly liked (84% of survey responders) is now live.  Many of your suggestions are included in this release.  Other features will be included in future releases. 

 

You can find the new UI here:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx

http://technet.microsoft.com/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx

http://expression.microsoft.com/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx 

 

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.

 

Thanks again to those of you who participated in the surveys, and provided feedback in blogs and forums.  We hope you find the new UI easier to use.

 

The Subscriptions Benefits Portal team

 

 

P.S.

 

I'm going to start a Live Meeting at 4:30pm PST.  For those of you that would like to swing by, chat and ask questions, please find the details here:  http://blogs.msdn.com/msdnsubscriptions/pages/live-meeting.aspx

 

Chris