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Over the years, when I needed to get quick information for a Microsoft Platform SDK function, I would Google it and find the MSDN reference page at the top of the list. Recently, the MSDN pages have all but disappeared, or are far down the Google index. I'm now forced to search with Yahoo. Has anyone else noticed this? For example, I'm working on a Crypto API issue right now, and wanted to get the reference for this function: CryptVerifyDetachedMessageSignature If you Google it, you get everything EXCEPT a Microsoft page. If you search in Yahoo, you get what you expect. What's going on here? Is Google impartial or could it be that in the fierce competition with Microsoft, they are intentionally reducing traffic to Microsoft? Posted on Friday, May 26, 2006 6:53 AM | Back to top


Comments on this post: MSDN Hard to Find in Google?

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Yup, I know exactly what you mean....

There are hardly any entries in Google Groups for the MSDN newsgroups any more - which makes Groups pretty much useless for what I would normally use it for....
Left by Carl on May 26, 2006 7:23 AM

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try using site:microsoft.com added to your search like...

http://tinyurl.com/m6o9p
Left by Bruce Dunwiddie on May 27, 2006 10:26 PM

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I have noticed this, but it doesn't bother me. It's simply a matter of google finding the best content - The MSDN documentation is next to useless most of the time for getting anything beyond the syntax stuff you can get from intellisense. At the same time there is a growing number of blog posts with useful information about the problems that are likely to get you to search for the function.

Left by Tom Clarkson on Jun 13, 2008 4:00 AM

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