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VSX104: Visual Studio 2010: Microsoft Help System

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Visual Studio 2010 is shipping with a brand new help system. Come to this session to learn about the components that make up the Microsoft Help System: the Microsoft Help Viewer and Microsoft Help Agent. In this session we will discuss the architecture of the Microsoft Help System and details of how Partners can leverage it for their own product scenarios. Note: we are no longer using “Help 3”, but are beginning to brand with “Microsoft Help System”, “Microsoft Help Viewer”, and “Microsoft Help Agent” respectively.


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  • Pierre ViolentFrenchBear FrenchBear

    Absence of index in VS 2010 really sucks...  And it's not possible to switch to "classic" view with the tree of content.

    I like VS 2010, but help system is really a step back from previous versions, a pity, I'll still have to use google as my main help and search system.

  • The new VS 2010 help system threw us 20 years back in time. I cannot think of a help system that sucked more than this one... maybe Delphi for Windows 3.1 had an even worse help system. Maybe the architecture and the Agent is great, but the off-line interface sucks big-time. IE and Chrome are not great help viewers and removing the index was a very bad idea.

    Microsoft had the best in the market, MSDN Library. It only lacked auto update and maybe integration with the search function in the Vista and Win7 start menu. Now they have a help system that is as bad as the systems Apple and Appache provide.


    Luckily there are (a lot of) people that are equally dissatisfied with the new help system and build H3Viewer. Hopefully they can manage to integrate it into VS2010. 

    Visual Studio 2010 is a great product, but when I talk to other developers the second thing they say about VS2010 is: "... but the new help system sucks"



    Great job,.. NOT

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