Visual Studio 2017

Microsoft has released some new offline books for Visual Studio 2017, the most productive version till date. With this, you can easily download content published on MSDN and Docs without needing an active internet connection, or for offline viewing.

We are also hosting the book generation and fetching services entirely on Microsoft Azure, which makes them more performant and reliable – we will be continuously updating the content, so you will no longer be stuck with outdated books and wait 6 months for the next release. The process to create and update an offline book now takes hours instead of months!

The new offline books feature integrates directly with Visual Studio with the familiar in-context help (F1) with features such as indexed search, favorites and tables of contents.

In addition to the usual developer content, some brand new content has also been added to the list, including:

  • ASP.NET Core
  • ASP.NET API Reference
  • NuGet
  • Scripting Language Reference

All of your downloaded books are available in Manage Content section of Help Viewer. To update an already existing item, click on Add next to the book that you are interested in and select Update at the bottom of the screen, as shown below.
Visual Studio 2017 Offline Books Help Viewer

Please note that the new Help Viewer is an optional component and should be installed manually during installation with the Visual Studio installer.

More information can be found on the source page.