Microsoft Docs
Type of site
Knowledge base
Available inMultiple languages
LaunchedJune 2016; 7 years ago (2016-06)
Current statusOnline

Microsoft Docs is the library of technical documentation for end users, developers, and IT professionals who work with Microsoft products. The Microsoft Docs website provides technical specifications, conceptual articles, tutorials, guides, API references, code samples and other information related to Microsoft software and web services. Microsoft Docs was introduced in 2016 as a replacement of MSDN and TechNet libraries which previously hosted some of these materials.[1][2]

Structure and features

The content on Microsoft Docs is organised into groups based on product or technology and steps of working with it: evaluating, getting started, planning, deploying, managing, and troubleshooting, and the navigation panel and product/service pages show material breakdowns. The service allows users to download specific docs section as a PDF file for offline use and includes an estimated reading time for each article.

Each article is represented as a Markdown file in various GitHub repositories, and most of the documentation content is open-sourced and accepts pull requests. Microsoft released a set of Visual Studio Code extensions, Docs Authoring Pack, to assist in editing Microsoft Docs content. It includes the support of Docs-specific markdown features.[3][4]

Microsoft Docs preview was introduced in June 2016, initially containing .NET documentation.[4] The process of migrating the bulk of MSDN and TechNet libraries' content took approximately two years.

See also


  1. ^ Price, Mark J. (24 March 2017). C# 7 and .NET Core: Modern Cross-Platform Development. Packt Publishing Ltd. p. 126. ISBN 9781787120266.
  2. ^ Allen, Jonathan (4 May 2016). "MSDN/TechNet Being Replaced by Open Source Project". InfoQ. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  3. ^ Govoni, Sergio (14 September 2018). "Microsoft Docs and Localization Community Platform". Archived from the original on 17 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b Sandquist, Jeff (9 January 2022). "Introducing". Microsoft Docs. Retrieved 7 June 2023.