MSDN URL Cheat Sheet

This cheat sheet covers MSDN URL conventions as of July 2013.  The general form of an MSDN URL is:



Locales are specified in the URL as “/xx-yy/”.  Currently supported locales:

Locale Language (Region/Country)
ar-sa Arabic (Saudi Arabia)
cs-cz Czech (Czech Republic)
de-de German (Germany)
en-us English (United States)
es-es Spanish (Spain)
fr-fr French (France)
it-it Italian (Italy)
ja-jp Japanese (Japan)
ko-kr Korean (Korea)
pt-br Portuguese (Brazil)
ru-ru Russian (Russia)
tr-tr Turkish (Turkey)
zh-cn Chinese (People’s Republic of China)
zh-tw Chinese (Taiwan)

Product Families / Product Family Versions

Product Family Versions are specified in the URL as “(v=family.version)”, for example “(v=exchg.65)”.  Some common Product Families include:

Family Product Family Name Versions Available
vs Visual Studio 60, 71, 80, 85, 90, 91, 92, 93, 95, 100, 110
office Office 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
ax Dynamics AX 10, 50
sql SQL Server 70, 80, 90, 100, 105, 110
bts BizTalk Server 10, 20, 70
prot Open Specifications 10, 13
exchg Exchange Server 10, 65, 80, 140
pandp patterns & practices 10, 20, 31, 50
WinEmbedded Windows Embedded 4, 5, 10, 11, 20, 51, 60
cs Commerce Server 10, 20, 70, 90
XNAGameStudio XNA Game Studio 10, 20, 30, 31, 40

Visual Studio / .NET Framework Versions

Specific versions of Visual Studio / .NET Framework are specified in the URL as “(v=vs.version)” where vs.version can have the following values:

Internal Version Visual Studio Version Framework Version
vs.60 Visual Studio 6.0 n/a
vs.71 Visual Studio .NET(2002/2003) .NET Framework 1.0 / 1.1
vs.80 Visual Studio 2005 .NET Framework 2.0
vs.85 Windows SDK / Scripting .NET Framework 3.0
vs.89 VSTO (targeting Office 2003)
vs.90 Visual Studio 2008 .NET Framework 3.5
vs.91 WCF RIA Services
vs.92 Windows Phone 7
vs.93 MS Solver Foundation
vs.95 Silverlight (Released)
vs.96 Silverlight (Pre-release)
vs.100 Visual Studio 2010 .NET Framework 4
vs.110 Visual Studio 2012 .NET Framework 4.5


  • .NET Framework documentation shares the same internal version number as Visual Studio.
  • Silverlight provides only one documentation version.  VS.95 is always the currently released version of Silverlight.


Devices enable you to consume the same Library content in different ways.  Devices can modify the presentation, structure, and/or behavior of content. Devices are specified in the form “(d=device)” where device is:

Device Description
ide Visual Studio 2005 (DExplore online mode)
orcaside Visual Studio 2008 (DExplore online mode)
printer Printer View – optimized for printing; includes a call to window.print()

The following devices are no longer supported and are retained for historical purposes:

Device Description
classic Classic Library View
lightweight Lightweight Library View (default)
loband ScriptFree Library View – our fastest view
pda Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) View – no ToC navigation
robot Optimized for search engines

Usage Notes

  • URL Options listed here are case insensitive:  “en-us” is equivalent to “en-US”, “vs.100” is equivalent to “VS.100”, etc.
  • URL Option prefixes are optional and may be omitted.  For example, “(VS.100)” is equivalent to “(v=VS.100)”
  • Multiple URL Options may be specified by separating them with commas as in “(loband,vs.90)”.  Spaces are not permitted.  Order is not important.
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