Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and Technet have been redesigned to make it easier to discover and participate in online communities and showcase community experts.

The initial redesign covered 18 technical and developer resources in seven languages. The updates to the sites will continue through the next year. The team is in the middle of redeveloping the sites.

New forums are now live.You’ll notice we’ve added a few improvements you’ve asked for, like search within a forum, sign-in prompt on reply/start new thread, thread preview enhancements, as well as a number of bug fixes.

S. Somasegar, senior vice president of Microsoft's developer division,says in his blog post, "With the new site redesign, the MSDN and TechNet Web sites will make it easier to discover and participate in these online communities and showcase the insights of the community experts as well as active technical professionals throughout the world."

The site runs on SQL Server 2008 and a virtualized infrastructure using Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V technology. The repository hosts 11 million documents. About 15 million visitors per month come to MSDN, with another 11.5 million to TechNet.

For more information, see Microsoft Revamps MSDN and TechNet.