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Microsoft Q&A now in preview, set to replace MSDN and TechNet Forums

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Q&A is now in preview.
  • Microsoft Q&A will replace MSDN and TechNet Forums.
  • Microsoft's goal is to finish migrating resources to Microsoft Q&A by mid-2020.

Microsoft recently announced Microsoft Q&A (opens in new tab), a new place to have answers questioned by Microsoft engineers and a community of experts (via Rafael Rivera. Microsoft Q&A is in preview and will eventually replace MSDN and TechNet Forums. The current goal to complete migration of data and resources to Microsoft Q&A is mid-2020.

A doc recently shared by Microsoft (opens in new tab) breaks down some of the new features and experiences available in Microsoft Q&A. Many of the new features focus on being able to quickly receive answers to your questions.

  • Tag-based experience allows you to ask questions across products and services in a single place
  • Follow posts, tags, or people to get updates
  • Unified profile for single sign on across
  • Suggested answers as you type your question to quickly identify possible existing answers
  • Bookmark content for future reference

Microsoft Q&A is currently in preview. The initial launch includes Azure Active Directory, Azure Active Directory, Domain Services, Azure Active Directory B2C, Azure Information Protection, Azure DevTest Labs, Azure Lab Services, Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Service Fabric, Azure Web Apps, Universal Windows Platform, and Partner Center API. Microsoft also has an FAQ page (opens in new tab) to answer more detailed questions and help people ask questions on Microsoft Q&A.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

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  • Done. Looks like Q&A is very Azure specific. Microsoft should just be broken up... Azure - Cloud
    Windows - OS
    Microsoft - Development Tools and Office Then each company could concentrate specifically on one area.
  • Very sad to see the MSDN name being retired. Grew up on it, and to a lesser extent TechNet :(