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Microsoft Docs
Type of site
Knowledge base
Available inMultiple languages
Area servedWorldwide
URLdocs.microsoft.com at the Wayback Machine (archive index)
LaunchedJune 2016; 8 years ago (2016-06)
Current statusMoved to Microsoft Learn

Microsoft Docs was a library of technical documentation for end users, developers, and IT professionals who work with Microsoft products. The Microsoft Docs website provided 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 June 2016 as a replacement for the MSDN and TechNet libraries which previously hosted some of these materials.[1][2] Microsoft Docs initially contained only .NET documentation.[3] The process of migrating the bulk of the MSDN and TechNet libraries' content took approximately two years.

In 2022, Microsoft Docs was made part of the Microsoft Learn site.[4][5][6]

Structure and features


The content on Microsoft Docs was 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 showed material breakdowns. The service allowed users to download specific docs sections as PDF files for offline use and included an estimated reading time for each article.

Each article was represented as a Markdown file in various GitHub repositories, and most of the documentation content was open-sourced and accepted pull requests. Microsoft released a set of Visual Studio Code extensions, Docs Authoring Pack, to assist in editing Microsoft Docs content. It included the support of Docs-specific markdown features.[7][3]



Microsoft Docs preview was introduced in June 2016, initially containing .NET documentation. The process of migrating the bulk of MSDN and TechNet libraries' content has taken approximately two years. Key events:

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 docs.microsoft.com". InfoQ. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  3. ^ a b Sandquist, Jeff (9 January 2022). "Introducing docs.microsoft.com". Microsoft Docs. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  4. ^ "Microsoft Docs moves to new home at Microsoft Learn - OnMSFT.com". 21 September 2022. Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  5. ^ jeffsand (27 September 2018). "Introducing Microsoft.com/Learn". learn.microsoft.com. Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  6. ^ Gola, Nishant (26 September 2022). "Microsoft moves its documentation from Docs to Learn". TheWindowsClub News. Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  7. ^ Govoni, Sergio (14 September 2018). "Microsoft Docs and Localization Community Platform". SQLblog.com. Archived from the original on 17 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Microsoft Docs November Update". Microsoft.
  9. ^ "Microsoft Docs September 2017 release notes". Microsoft.
  10. ^ "A New Feedback System Is Coming to docs.microsoft.com". Microsoft.
  11. ^ "Introducing Microsoft.com/Learn". Microsoft.
  12. ^ João Carrasqueira. Microsoft is moving its OneDrive technical documentation to Microsoft Docs Neowin News
  13. ^ Rifkin, Erin. "Build skills that open doors—with Microsoft Learn". Microsoft Learn blog.