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A Brand-New Visual Studio Magazine

Welcome to the new Visual Studio Magazine. If you've been here before, you know that things are radically different. If not, well, you picked the right time to visit.

As you can see, the site is much more graphical than it used to be, and much more colorful. In terms of navigation, we've moved it to the top of the site, rather than the old-style nav bar on the left.

We've also done quite a bit of de-cluttering. We've broken out the six most popular topics (according to our readers) at the top, and hidden others. That's always a bit of a risk, of course, as it can mean more clicking. But we think the simplified design is easier to use.

That doesn't mean all your favorites, like columns, have gone away. Note the "Expand menu for more topics" link above the main icons, and next to the magazine name: click that link, and you'll get all the other topic coverage you're used to.

The articles themselves now have larger fonts, and are easier to read. In addition, there are no more separate listings of long code snippets; all code is now embedded in each article, eliminating the click necessary to bring up the code in a new browser window, as it used to be. It's a small but significant change that makes reading the articles faster and easier.

We had one other major goal with this redesign: to make it work better on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Now you can read Visual Studio Magazine wherever you are, and everything will scale properly, no matter the screen size.

I've just hit the high points here; there's a lot more to explore on the new site. Take some time and click around, and learn what we've got for you.

And please let me know what you think -- especially if anything's broken or doesn't work properly. As with any change this dramatic, there will undoubtedly be bugs discovered here and there when the wider public starts using it.

Enjoy the new Web site and all it offers. We've rebuilt it for you.

Posted by Keith Ward on 02/07/2013 at 1:15 PM

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Reader Comments:

Thu, Feb 21, 2013

Poor substitute for printed magazine. I don't always have the luxery of being in front of a computer when I have the time to read periodicals. Now I probably won't be able to read VS Mag at all due to the lack of a print edition.

Fri, Feb 15, 2013 Jeff

Well I like having a magazine. Have not tried this on my iPad yet. I think the Win 8 color scheme is ugly. But I can see since that is what VS Mag represents that it would want to resemble the Win 8 look.

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 Eric Blanco NJ

I'm sorry to see the print version cancelled.

Fri, Feb 8, 2013 Jeremy

Wow. That's really brightly colored. I don't think I care for it. Too much white noise, so it all looks like advertisements. I did notice that it's better if I don't full-screen my browser so the sidebar ads disappear, though.

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 Carl Perkins Texas

Thank you: Wed, Feb 6, 2013 Becky Nagel Director of Online, VSM Hi Carl -- those links are now down below at the bottom of the site (Redmond is Redmond IT). Tim, we'll look into what kind of options we can provide for this!

Wed, Feb 6, 2013

do not like...

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 Nicholas

Does this end the print version of this magazine?

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 Becky Nagel Director of Online, VSM

Hi Carl -- those links are now down below at the bottom of the site (Redmond is Redmond IT). Tim, we'll look into what kind of options we can provide for this!

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 Carl Perkins Texas

Where are the links to Redmond It, etc?

Tue, Feb 5, 2013 Tim McCarthy United States

WIll we be able to download articles and read them while offline, like on an airplane? By the way, I love the new design! Thanks,Tim

Tue, Feb 5, 2013

Will your newsletters follow this design at some point in the future?

Tue, Feb 5, 2013 Becky Nagel Director of Online, VSM

Great feedback anon poster! We'll review it in our design retrospective tomorrow. Thanks!

Tue, Feb 5, 2013

I love the responsive design and the inline code! Great job on that! However, I have never liked white text on brightly-colored tiles (no matter what that style is called today). Don't get me wrong -- I love colors (and I despise the grey and depressing VS2012 UI), but brightly colored tiles often have poor readability (especially the sidebar tiles under "Most Popular Articles" which get even brighter on mouse hover). You don't need to use really dark colors, but only relatively darker that what you have now. For example, instead of using a "limegreen" background, just use "green" (that alone would be a huge improvement). Also note: This monitor I have at work is a cheap TN monitor (not a high-end IPS monitor), but if something has poor contrast on this monitor, then it will look 10X worse on the conference room projectors that we have at my work.

Tue, Feb 5, 2013 Keith Ward

Actually, my slightly-in-the-future self sent this. If only I could figure out a way to transport myself more than a couple days into the future, I'd be on to something... :)

Tue, Feb 5, 2013 Becky Nagel Director of Online, VSM

It's a glitch. Actually, it's a temp. workaround for a glitch we're getting sorted out :-)

Tue, Feb 5, 2013

Hmmm - even more intrigued now: Posted by Keith Ward on ***02/07/2013*** at 11:14 AM

Tue, Feb 5, 2013

Looks great! Maybe I'm nit picking put this blog is dated February 7th and today is February 5th? A CMS glitch or a typo?

Mon, Feb 4, 2013 Becky Nagel Director of Online, VSM

So glad you noticed that Gerhard! Yeah, that's one way to test your responsive design (and we did) -- re-sizing the window from biggest to smallest. Thanks for catching that and glad you like!

Mon, Feb 4, 2013 Gerhard Weiss

Now this is impressive! When you said "everything will scale properly, no matter the screen size" also includes dynamically scaling/resizing when you resize the browser window. It is interesting to watch where the navigation items move while the browser window is made smaller and bigger. You then understand why a top navigation makes much more sense when you want to have one site be able to display properly on multiple devices (PC, Tablets, Phones, etc.)

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