> 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.