* Update: Success! The forums are back online!! *

With the official launch of Windows Phone 8, our forums have been crazy busy these past couple of weeks. And to make them even better for our active user community that's growing larger every minute, tonight we're pulling the trigger and rolling out a bunch of awesome updates. 

We'll take the forums offline at approximately 8:30pm ET, and a few hours of downtime is expected while we go through the upgrade process. In the meantime, the rest of the site will still be fully usable.

Feel free to use the comments to this blog as a place to chat while the forums are down, and if you haven't yet entered to win our Mobile Nations Passport contest for your chance to win the Ultimate Windows Phone prize pack, we suggest you do it now

Once the forum upgrade is complete, we'll also be taking this opportunity to change up the layout of our forum structure. We've been planning this one for a while and think you'll all LOVE it, so don't mind the mess as we as move things around. Once the dust settles, we'll post another update here walking through everything that's new.

In the meantime, thanks for the patience, and get ready for an even better Windows Phone Central!