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Hank Arnold
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      05-09-2010
Why are you redirecting us the the "Windows Vista Applications" forum???
Perhaps you could find a better one?


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Hank Arnold
Microsoft MVP
Windows Server - Directory Services
http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/personal-pc-assistant/

On 5/8/2010 2:46 PM, wrote:
> 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/...taapps/threads
>
> Should you want to visit the other Microsoft Forums, please go to
> http://www.microsoft.com/communities...s/default.mspx
>
> Who Should I Contact with any Questions?
> Send any questions about the process, recommended forums and timing to
>
>

 
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