MSDN vs. Google

time to read 3 min | 514 words

Here is a small experiment, I want to read the documentation for IDispatchMessageInspector

Just to give an idea, here is the wget output for this address:

           => `system.servicemodel.dispatcher.idispatchmessageinspector.aspx'
Connecting to||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 122,022 (119K) [text/html]

100%[========================================================>] 122,022        5.74K/s    ETA 00:00

01:00:12 (5.74 KB/s) - `system.servicemodel.dispatcher.idispatchmessageinspector.aspx' saved [122022/122022]

That is right, over a minute half a minute to download just the HTML content of a single page, over two minutes just to get the simplest page to load.

Let me contrast that with the comparable experience:

  • Go to
    Load time: faster than I can measure
  • Put IDispatchMessageInspector and hit enter
    Load time: ~2 Seconds
  • Go to the first result's cached content
    Load time: ~7 seconds

You know what the real sad part is? The google approach is faster than locally installed MSDN!