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    Last and Final Reminder - Microsoft Responds to the Evolution of Community

    What is Happening?
    This message is to inform you that Microsoft will soon begin discontinuing
    newsgroups and transitioning users to Microsoft forums.

    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:

    Which Newsgroups Are Affected by this Shutdown?
    All public newsgroups will eventually be closed between June 1, 2010 and
    October 10, 2010. Microsoft will be closing newsgroups in a phased
    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 the week of October 3, 2010, this newsgroup will be closed.

    Where Should I go with the Closure of this Newsgroup?
    In an effort to enhance and improve your experience, this newsgroup is
    scheduled for closure in the upcoming week and we would like to invite you
    to participate at

    Should you want to visit the other Microsoft Forums, please go to

    Who Should I Contact with any Questions?
    Send any questions about the process, recommended forums and timing to

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    AAH Guest

    Re: Last and Final Reminder - Microsoft Responds to the Evolution of Community

    These groups were very very usefull and quick and quick
    source of help I myself feel it very sorry to loose this quick- help sorving
    problems. Most of the participants were very able and well qualified who
    could quickly solve the problems.To the very extent these groups had
    become some sort of a family gatherings.

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