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- Frank Merlott
May 10, 2010, 1:55 am
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First Duke University announces the end of their news server, now
Microsoft is announcing the end of their support newsgroups. In total,
Microsoft currently supports over 2,000 public newsgroups, and 2,200
private newsgroups that contain a variety of discussions on just about
every Microsoft product available. And apparently this is all coming to an
end starting in June of 2010.
In an announcement made by Microsoft, the software giant will be closing
all of its newsgroups and shifting traffic to its forums. This decision
was made for several reasons, as Microsoft cites that declining usage, 90
day retention, and spam are making the environment unsustainable.
"Beginning in June 2010, Microsoft will begin closing newsgroups and
migrating users to Microsoft forums that include Microsoft Answers,
TechNet and MSDN. This move will centralize content, make it easier for
contributors to retain their influence, reduce redundancies and make
content easier to find. Overall, forums offer a better spam management
platform that will improve customer satisfaction by encouraging a healthy
Microsoft also feels their customers will be better served by centralizing
support. Instead of trekking across, well, thousands of newsgroups, the
answers will be located in Microsoft's forums.
There might be a bit of confusion going on as to what extent Microsoft's
newsgroups will be terminated. Microsoft may eliminate their news server,
but the newsgroups are freely roaming entities that exist on Usenet.
Perhaps Balmer & company will execute a kill order for their newsgroups,
but the news release from Microsoft really doesn't answer this pertinent
Re: [a.c.s] Microsoft Readies Nukes for their Support Newsgroups
On Mon, 10 May 2010 03:55:09 +0200, Frank Merlott wrote:
This is to be expected... If M$ only kills their own news server, other
news servers will still offer microsoft.* newsgroups.
I've been told that IF they send rmgroup messages, then users will be
free to re-create the microsoft.* hierarchy.