Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) is a great information for developers to learn about technologies. It even has some guides about interaction design for Windows and web. But does the site itself has a good usability? Just a simple browsing on its tabs show an obvious consistency issue:
Some tabs are wider, some are narrow. Some have “Metro” style buttons some don’t. Some tabs even have a different colors and feel like a totally different website.
Design one template and follow it strictly all around the website. The solution sounds simpler than applying it. That’s because of the nature of the website. MSDN is a huge source of information. I remember in the old time we had to buy MSDN CDs and install it on the computer. But data volume is no excuse for Microsoft. Specially on its website for educating developers. Quite an irony, isn’t it?