I’m trying new forms of feedback tonight.

On June 29, Microsoft changed the Microsoft Download site.  In doing so not only did they break all third party RSS feeds that used to monitor and keep track of content released to that site, they broke the site completely.  No longer does it provide an accurate listing of all items released by Microsoft.

Here let me give you an example:

Search on all downloads, sort by date.
 
Search results – Microsoft Download Center:
 
I’ve lost the ability to know when new things get posted to the download site because the “all downloads, sort by date” is broken right now.  Note the content is dated 7/1 and prior.
 
If I use my hacked up custom sort search of the download site limiting the time frame to the last 24 hours http://tinyurl.com/3tjgvey  that showcases to me that I’m missing information that google finds that has been released to the download site.
Clicking through each of the search results and I find that there’s a Whitepaper on Battling the Rustock Threat that got released today.
 
Download Details – Microsoft Download Center – Battling the Rustock Threat:
But why can’t I see that when I search on – all downloads- by date?
So to whom it may concern that works on the Microsoft Download site, given that I’ve tried to give feedback via the Contact Us box and I don’t have great confidence that the person on the other end of the support case understands my issue (especially given that they told be to contact presales initially), I’m trying a new way of giving feedback:  That of video.
Here’s the Youtube example of what I’m talking about:
[Youtube:whQ0aWYsf2k]
 

4 Responses to The Microsoft Download site is broken

  1. Michael says:

    I have a 6 computer home network on a limited bandwidth ISP. On the so-called Patch Tuesdays I downloaded all the patches on a single computer, then updated the other computers via a flash drive. Unfortunately, using the Download Center and Security Bulletin Search Search sites that method is no longer available. You get the Found Nothing site when typing in valid KB articles.

    Starnge as it may seem, I got all but 2 of the umpteen updates using…wait for it.. Google. I was directed to the correct Microsoft download url on every search but two downloads using the KB—– search entry.

    Sad story. Not so much for me, but for Microsoft. What’s up with that!

    BTW: Not a hater. I’m a Technet Plus Subscriber.

  2. Michael says:

    I have a 6 computer home network on a limited bandwidth ISP. On the so-called Patch Tuesdays I downloaded all the patches on a single computer, then updated the other computers via a flash drive. Unfortunately, using the Download Center and Security Bulletin Search Search sites that method is no longer available. You get the Found Nothing site when typing in valid KB articles.

    Starnge as it may seem, I got all but 2 of the umpteen updates using…wait for it.. Google. I was directed to the correct Microsoft download url on every search but two downloads using the KB—– search entry.

    Sad story. Not so much for me, but for Microsoft. What’s up with that!

    BTW: Not a hater. I’m a Technet Plus Subscriber.

  3. bradley says:

    http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/archive/2004/05/24/7051.aspx use that and download the mskb zip file. It adds the ability to type in mskb ###### into your url bar and it goes right to the KB article.

  4. Michael says:

    Thanks for the reply. Downloaded the file, installed, tested, and it works perfectly for my needs.
    I’m just a little piece of the Microsoft jigsaw puzzle. People like you make it easier to navigate the board.