Final Reminder - Microsoft Responds to the Evolution of Community

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  1. What is Happening?

    This message is to inform you that Microsoft will soon begin discontinuing

    newsgroups and transitioning users to Microsoft forums.



    Why?

    As you may know, newsgroups have existed for many years now; however, the

    traffic in the Microsoft newsgroups has been steadily decreasing for the

    past several years while customers and participants are increasingly finding

    solutions in the forums on Microsoft properties and third party sites. This

    move will unify the customer experience, centralize content, make it easier

    for active contributors to retain their influence, mitigate redundancies and

    make the content easier to find by customers and search engines through

    improved indexing. Additionally, forums offer a better user and spam

    management platform that will improve customer satisfaction by encouraging a

    healthy discussion in a clean community space. To this end, Microsoft will

    begin to progressively shift available resources to the forums technology

    and discontinue support for newsgroups.



    In addition to offering a compelling online browser experience, for those

    users who prefer to use an NNTP (newsgroup) reader to participate in the

    newsgroups community, we have developed a solution called the NNTP Bridge

    which allows a user to connect a variety of supported NNTP readers to the

    forums they would like to participate in and continue having the NTTP reader

    functionality. You can find instructions on how to download and set up the

    NNTP Bridge here: http://connect.microsoft.com/MicrosoftForums/



    Which Newsgroups Are Affected by this Shutdown?

    All public newsgroups will eventually be closed between June 1, 2010 and

    October 1, 2010. Microsoft will be closing newsgroups in a phased approach,

    starting with the least active newsgroups and moving eventually to more

    active ones throughout the course of the next six months.



    When will this Happen?

    Effective June 1, 2010 this newsgroup will be closed.



    Where Should I go with the Closure of this Newsgroup?

    Microsoft has a large selection of forums, many of which cover either the

    same or closely related technologies to the ones found in the newsgroups.

    The forums have seen amazing growth and are an excellent place to continue

    the discussion. We recommend that you start with

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/itprovistahardware/threads



    Should you want to visit the other The PC Zones, please go to

    http://www.microsoft.com/communities/forums/default.mspx



    Who Should I Contact with any Questions?

    Send any questions about the process, recommended forums and timing to

    NNTP@microsoft.com
     

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