MSDN supports a low-bandwidth version, which is not widely known. It eliminates the inessential UI elements. See the lightweight version compared to the original.
The top navigation and left content bars are gone, so you get more room for the content. The slimmed down page loads faster too.
Jon Galloway has some more details and a convenient bookmarklet, MSDN low band (drag this link to your browser's bookmark toolbar). Activate it on an MSDN page to toggle between the low-band and the regular versions.
Along the same lines, the Readbility experiment publishes a bookmarklet which strips web pages down to the bare bones too. The heuristics work surprising well, but in some cases they fail to identify the content portion of the page.