Microsoft Download Center gets redesigned, 1 billion hits a year

Microsoft’s download center has been redesigned and the new look is now live on the site. The new site, while a refreshed look for the download center, will not look all that new as Microsoft has now ported over the Microsoft.com design to the download center.

The look has the Metro design language incorporated into the layout and also places a Bing search bar at the top center. The redesign, by all means, continues on with the Metro look and feel that Microsoft is bringing to every aspect of its products.

Also along with the redesign, Microsoft tweeted that the site receives 1 billion visitors annually. This breaks down to about 114K visitors per hour.

For Microsoft, the Metro design language is the new way forward. If they have a product out now that does not currently encompass this design mentality, you can bet that the next revision will adopt this formatting. Windows 8 will not be left out either; we have already seen some indications of Metro in the recent leaks.

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I'm not a fan of thus design either. I mean, I love what they are doing with metro everywhere except their website and now this

Its old news, but its an awful design. Microsoft's website has an awful design in general. I like Metro, but this is an example on how even that can be screwed up.

brianshapiro said,
Its old news, but its an awful design. Microsoft's website has an awful design in general. I like Metro, but this is an example on how even that can be screwed up.

It's not even really Metro. It doesn't seem to follow a lot of the design cues. The only thing remotely Metro-like are the slideshow buttons.

1 billion hits a year ? I wouldn't have bragged at all. With 1 billion Windows (and Office) PCs, it means that this site is unneeded, neglected, visited on average once a year.

alexalex said,
1 billion hits a year ? I wouldn't have bragged at all. With 1 billion Windows (and Office) PCs, it means that this site is unneeded, neglected, visited on average once a year.

Which may be why they are doing this redesign

Sraf said,

Which may be why they are doing this redesign

Sure, you change some fonts and colors on a site, and boom, it gets 10 billion visits a day /s

alexalex said,
1 billion hits a year ? I wouldn't have bragged at all. With 1 billion Windows (and Office) PCs, it means that this site is unneeded, neglected, visited on average once a year.

Which is good in my book. Satisfied customers rarely download new things.

Yes it's a month old but Microsoft says it's "now live" so it must be new and amazing. So amazing that now there is no way to know something obscure released on the Download Center without searching for it. And how do you search for something you don't know? But we get to use Bing even if we don't discover new downloads! Hurray!!

xpclient said,
Yes it's a month old but Microsoft says it's "now live" so it must be new and amazing. So amazing that now there is no way to know something obscure released on the Download Center without searching for it. And how do you search for something you don't know? But we get to use Bing even if we don't discover new downloads! Hurray!!

New downloads you say? Why not click All Downloads, then sort the list from newest to oldest?

Sraf said,

New downloads you say? Why not click All Downloads, then sort the list from newest to oldest?

Because "All Downloads" no longer shows all downloads. It carries a search with the search term "download" which returns 4423 results instead of all downloads which are close to 24000.

xpclient said,

Because "All Downloads" no longer shows all downloads. It carries a search with the search term "download" which returns 4423 results instead of all downloads which are close to 24000.

Looks like somebody at MS has to do some tagging then!

Sraf said,

Looks like somebody at MS has to do some tagging then!

Funny thing. If you search for "a", nothing else, just enter the letter a in the search box, you get 17646 downloads which is the closest you can get to 24000.

Tom W said,
This has been available for around a month now.

I was going to say. I remember people moaning about this on the forums about how irrelevant the search query results were - any news if this has changed?

Yoofie said,
I personally liked the old style better
The new one is **** too. The Bing search on the Download Center gives you nothing useful. Instead just go to Bing.com or Google.com and look for the thing you need.

I wish they would make ISO's downloadable by the public of all their OS and other applications instead of required to have a technet sub. Don't need a product key just access to the ISO's if someone needs to get it for whatever purpose.

sava700 said,
I wish they would make ISO's downloadable by the public of all their OS and other applications instead of required to have a technet sub. Don't need a product key just access to the ISO's if someone needs to get it for whatever purpose.

Dare to dream.

sava700 said,
Don't need a product key just access to the ISO's if someone needs to get it for whatever purpose.

If you had a product key you'd have the media already. If you don't, there are other official ways to request media from MS.

dotf said,

If you had a product key you'd have the media already. If you don't, there are other official ways to request media from MS.

I do PC work as do many others..sometimes I may not have every ISO to everything MS that I need so it be nice to get it without going thru technet which I and others don't need.

sava700 said,
I wish they would make ISO's downloadable by the public of all their OS and other applications instead of required to have a technet sub. Don't need a product key just access to the ISO's if someone needs to get it for whatever purpose.

What are you talking about? Do you realize that by giving access to ISO they would just make pirating easier? It would be easier for you but MS would have to pay a bill on additional traffic and they wouldnt be able to control who gets access to the software. Thats why there is TechNet. Access to ALL software.

sava700 said,

I do PC work as do many others..sometimes I may not have every ISO to everything MS that I need so it be nice to get it without going thru technet which I and others don't need.


Sign up to technet if you do PC work then. It gives you access to ALOT of ISO's. As said as well you can order media from Microsoft if required or depending on the work you do there is always other options to obtain the software & alter it to suite your needs.

Take Windows 7 for example... Each OEM disk has all the versions on it (Apart from the 64 and 32 bit differences) but there is software that will merge them all together (32/64bit) and make it a single OEM/SPLA/MSDN/FPP disk which is what i use for work alot.

1 Disk to rule them all...