Why the Phaseout of the Microsoft Dynamics Public Newsgroups Is a Good Thing

Ten days ago, Microsoft released a public communiqué announcing the closure of the more than 200 public newsgroups currently in service to the worldwide user community. The closedown is scheduled to begin in early summer 2010, according to the post.

"This decision is in response to worldwide market trends and evolving customer needs," the announcement stated. "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."

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About Mariano Gomez

Mariano Gomez is a Microsoft MVP, PMP and EVP for Midmarket Solutions at Intelligent Partnerships, LLC. He is the original developer of the Microsoft Dynamics GP Spanish release for Latin America and has been consulting and implementing technology solutions for organizations across the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America for the last 20 years. Mariano holds an MIS degree from the University of Phoenix.

About Intelligent Partnerships, LLC

With over 150 years of combined management and technology consulting experience, Intelligent Partnerships skillfully partners with organizations to solve complex problems, boost operating performance and maximize value for stakeholders. 

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What about all the old forum posts?

Will Microsoft merge all the posts on the old forum(s) into the new Community Forum? There are TONS of valuable posts out there - I'd hate to think we're going to lose them!

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