Review of Microsoft Developer Community

I spent some time reviewing Microsoft’s Developer Community and here’s what I found:

Forum users: 615,684
Forum posts: 1,110,622
Posts per 24 hours: 800-1000
Chats per month: 30
Newsgroups: 2000

Top 3 good things:

  • Lists Codeplex on the main page. This is Microsoft‘s open source project hosting website. Codeplex can be used to create new projects to share with the world, join others who have already started their own projects, or use the applications on this site to provide feedback. At last count, there were about 1407 projects
  • Microsoft‘s main page has a link to a site called Channel 9 which showcases various technologies and projects via audio/video. This is useful and provides an interactive way for viewers to learn and provide feedback
  • The community area consists of forums, blogs, technical chats, newsgroups, events and webcasts thus providing a variety of ways for developers to keep up with recent developments

Top 3 things to improve:

  • The community area could list job postings. This would be helpful for developers looking for jobs and employers looking for suitable people. For example, the community has such a feature on its website
  • We were able to find community managers for individual products and technologies but could not find an owner or manager for the entire community
  • A former program manager lists a map: of online communities. This can be a useful start for similar efforts to map Microsoft‘s online communities and make it easier to search and navigate