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  • And while we're about it, can we add http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/categories as well.


    Roger Spencelayh, Computing Services, Malmesbury, UK
    Thursday, August 20, 2009 9:27 PM
  • Take another look, these pages are not the same.  Different "brands" targeted to different kinds of customers with different forums.  And some the same.

    Hans Passant.
    Friday, August 21, 2009 12:41 AM
  • What are the customer segments for each of the brands?
    Friday, August 21, 2009 6:46 AM

  • Take another look, these pages are not the same.  Different "brands" targeted to different kinds of customers with different forums.  And some the same.



    Here.  To illustrate Hans' point to the extreme, look at this:  http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/categories


    Notice all these links have the same common format   http://social.[-----].microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/categories

    It's maddening.

    Friday, August 21, 2009 1:57 PM
  • Arrrrghhh - another Forum?  I didn't even know about that one... :(

    Maybe they can create a aggregrate page for us?
    Friday, August 21, 2009 3:38 PM
  • To the best of my knowledge:

    http://social.microsoft.com/forums/en-us, mixed bag, not sure.
    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/forums/en-us, for programmers.
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-us, for IT support professionals.
    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/forums/en-us, for Windows users.
    http://social.expression.microsoft.com/forums/en-us, for Expression product users.
    http://forums.asp.net, for ASP.NET programmers.
    http://forums.iis.net, for IIS support professionals.

    There are some other Microsoft groups that started their own website, don't know them all.

    Furthermore, the "social" sites have forums in various languages, identified by their culture name.  I know of German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese.  They don't have a one-to-one mapping with forum categories in en-us.

    It's a big company.


    Hans Passant.
    Friday, August 21, 2009 6:25 PM
  • There are some other Microsoft groups that started their own website, don't know them all.

    It's a big company.
    Well the company might be big, but if there starts to pop up different kinds of forums now and then here and there, it isn't pretty, if there isn't general structure. For example I think there should be a main category "Products" and under that should be Expression and other products. And why there is forums.asp.net when there already is MSDN for programmers? And why answers-forums separately? I think Windows stuff should be under Windows, not under answers.
    Friday, August 21, 2009 10:03 PM
  • Maybe Microsoft ought to be broken up in 10 different companies, still very large ones with 8000 employees a piece, so that everybody thinks it is completely normal they each have their own web site.  Or we need a benevolent dictator that gets hundreds of different groups to sit around the table and make them agree.  Are you volunteering?

    Hans Passant.
    Saturday, August 22, 2009 12:41 AM
  • To the best of my knowledge:

    http://social.microsoft.com/forums/en-us, mixed bag, not sure.
    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/forums/en-us, for programmers.
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-us, for IT support professionals.
    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/forums/en-us, for Windows users.
    http://social.expression.microsoft.com/forums/en-us, for Expression product users.
    http://forums.asp.net, for ASP.NET programmers.
    http://forums.iis.net, for IIS support professionals.

    All of these sites can be reached from http://www.microsoft.com/communities/forums/default.mspx.

    That site is also confusing, however.  It has about 20 links to MSDN forums and only one for Technet.
    Saturday, August 22, 2009 1:10 AM

  • All of these sites can be reached from http://www.microsoft.com/communities/forums/default.mspx.

    That site is also confusing, however.  It has about 20 links to MSDN forums and only one for Technet.

    Thanks for that site. That link should be at the top of every MS forum - at least for those of us with nothing better to do than navigate MS forums :)


    Roger Spencelayh, Computing Services, Malmesbury, UK
    Saturday, August 22, 2009 8:24 AM
  • http://www.microsoft.com/communities/forums/default.mspx.
    Thanks for that site. That link should be at the top of every MS forum - at least for those of us with nothing better to do than navigate MS forums :)

    Roger Spencelayh, Computing Services, Malmesbury, UK

    It is, for me.  It's in my Links/Favorites Bar.  :)
    Saturday, August 22, 2009 6:47 PM

  • It is, for me.  It's in my Links/Favorites Bar.  :)
    It got added to mine too, once I knew of it. Before you alerted us to it in your earlier post, I was unaware of most of the forums.


    Roger Spencelayh, Computing Services, Malmesbury, UK
    Monday, August 24, 2009 2:17 PM