Microsoft Responds to the Evolution of Online Communities

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nntp@microsoft.com

Date 5/4/2010
Starting in early summer 2010, Microsoft will begin progressively closing down the Microsoft public newsgroups to enrich conversations in the rapidly-growing forum platform. This decision is in response to worldwide market trends and evolving customer needs.

Microsoft continues to invest in forums to reduce customer effort, consolidate community venues and make it easier for active contributors to retain their influence. Forums provide a healthy community environment with less spam and make answers easier to find by customers and search engines. Additionally, forums offer a better user and off-topic management platform that will improve customer satisfaction by facilitating discussions in a clean space.

We understand that some newsgroups are still active, and important to the community. In the coming days and weeks, we will be rolling out tools and resources to minimize disruption to the community discussions.

We are working diligently on providing additional resources and information in local languages later this week. In the meantime, please refer to the official Microsoft Newsgroup website http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/default.mspx concerning this issue. The Microsoft Newsgroup website will be made available in additional languages in the next few days.

 
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spamlet

If it ain't broke: don't fix it!

Please leave these groups alone. They are effortless to use and work
extremely well!

S

<nntp@microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:epcQup$6KHA.2240@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
> Date 5/4/2010
> Starting in early summer 2010, Microsoft will begin progressively closing
> down the Microsoft public newsgroups to enrich conversations in the
> rapidly-growing forum platform. This decision is in response to worldwide
> market trends and evolving customer needs.
>
> Microsoft continues to invest in forums to reduce customer effort,
> consolidate community venues and make it easier for active contributors to
> retain their influence. Forums provide a healthy community environment
> with less spam and make answers easier to find by customers and search
> engines. Additionally, forums offer a better user and off-topic
> management platform that will improve customer satisfaction by
> facilitating discussions in a clean space.
>
> We understand that some newsgroups are still active, and important to the
> community. In the coming days and weeks, we will be rolling out tools and
> resources to minimize disruption to the community discussions.
>
> We are working diligently on providing additional resources and
> information in local languages later this week. In the meantime, please
> refer to the official Microsoft Newsgroup website
> http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/default.mspx concerning
> this issue. The Microsoft Newsgroup website will be made available in
> additional languages in the next few days.
>


 
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James Silverton

spamlet wrote on Wed, 5 May 2010 18:08:38 +0100:

> Please leave these groups alone. They are effortless to use
> and work extremely well!


> S


What exactly is needed to keep MS newsgroups alive after MS disowns
them? I already read m.p.windowsxp.help_and_support on
news.eternal-september.org.

I don't like forums but I do like Linux and I'm going to be tempted for
my next machine!

James Silverton
Potomac, Maryland

Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not

 
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Michael Santovec

That's up to the various news server administrators. It's not unusual
for a news server to carry a Microsoft newsgroup long after the
newsgroup has been abandoned by Microsoft.

But I suspect that most other news servers will drop the newsgroups as
Microsoft does. And even if your news server continues to carry a
newsgroup, the traffic in it will be minimal.

My impression is that NNTP use across the Internet is dwindling and
going the route of Gopher and similar protocols.

Mike - http://TechHelp.Santovec.us

"James Silverton" <not.jim.silverton@verizon.net> wrote in message
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> spamlet wrote on Wed, 5 May 2010 18:08:38 +0100:
>
>> Please leave these groups alone. They are effortless to use
>> and work extremely well!

>
>> S

>
> What exactly is needed to keep MS newsgroups alive after MS disowns
> them? I already read m.p.windowsxp.help_and_support on
> news.eternal-september.org.
>
> I don't like forums but I do like Linux and I'm going to be tempted
> for my next machine!
> >
> James Silverton
> Potomac, Maryland
>
> Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


 
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James Silverton

Michael wrote on Wed, 5 May 2010 13:36:59 -0700:

> But I suspect that most other news servers will drop the
> newsgroups as Microsoft does. And even if your news server
> continues to carry a newsgroup, the traffic in it will be
> minimal.


> My impression is that NNTP use across the Internet is
> dwindling and going the route of Gopher and similar
> protocols.


Well, it obviously will depend on usage but, if enough people want a
group, it seems it will survive. We'll just have to wait and see.

James Silverton
Potomac, Maryland

Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not

 
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MartinC

I totally agree. I love to read the newsgroups using OE. It is effortless.
Forums are slow, clunky and a pain to read. To Microsoft's credit, they are
making it far superior if you know exactly what you want to find. In that
respect, their forums are going to be a lot better. But for just browsing
and reading general issues (from which I have learnt a great deal), forums
are horrible to use and nntp newsgroups are much easier.

Just my 2p worth.

Martin

"spamlet" <spam.morespam@invalid.invalid> wrote in message
news:%23h3sjWH7KHA.356@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
> If it ain't broke: don't fix it!
>
> Please leave these groups alone. They are effortless to use and work
> extremely well!
>
> S
>
>
>
> <nntp@microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:epcQup$6KHA.2240@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
>> Date 5/4/2010
>> Starting in early summer 2010, Microsoft will begin progressively closing
>> down the Microsoft public newsgroups to enrich conversations in the
>> rapidly-growing forum platform. This decision is in response to
>> worldwide market trends and evolving customer needs.
>>
>> Microsoft continues to invest in forums to reduce customer effort,
>> consolidate community venues and make it easier for active contributors
>> to retain their influence. Forums provide a healthy community environment
>> with less spam and make answers easier to find by customers and search
>> engines. Additionally, forums offer a better user and off-topic
>> management platform that will improve customer satisfaction by
>> facilitating discussions in a clean space.
>>
>> We understand that some newsgroups are still active, and important to the
>> community. In the coming days and weeks, we will be rolling out tools
>> and resources to minimize disruption to the community discussions.
>>
>> We are working diligently on providing additional resources and
>> information in local languages later this week. In the meantime, please
>> refer to the official Microsoft Newsgroup website
>> http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/default.mspx concerning
>> this issue. The Microsoft Newsgroup website will be made available in
>> additional languages in the next few days.
>>

>
>


 

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