Microsoft Q&A Replacing SharePoint TechNet/MSDN Forums

The TechNet/MSDN SharePoint forums are on their way out and being replaced by the Microsoft Q&A discussion boards.

The current schedule for retirement of the SharePoint TechNet/MSDN forums is:

  • As of this post, you can post in either TechNet/MSDN forums or Microsoft Q&A.
  • July 27th, 2020 through August 10th, 2020 you can continue to comment, propose or mark answers, and vote on posts in the SharePoint TechNet/MSDN forums. For new posts, you must use Microsoft Q&A.
  • August 10th, 2020 onward the SharePoint TechNet/MSDN forums will be read only.

Microsoft Q&A is a bit more like the StackExchange network in terms of functionality, that is, less of a classic forum experience with a back-and-forth discussion instead favoring the Q&A style of discussion where each top-level comment can be marked as an answer and (potential) answers can be replied to in a threaded format. For technical content where one needs to tease out details prior to answering, this isn’t the best format for non-developer questions, in my personal opinion.

Microsoft Q&A does not use a forum-per product format. It instead uses tags for each discussion item. The tags I personally follow (so far) are:

All of the Office-related content, including Office Client, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint Online/Server, and Exchange Online/Server content in Microsoft Q&A can be found at the Office products page.

See you on the forums!

Trevor Seward is a Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP who specializes in SharePoint Server administration, hybrid scenarios, and SharePoint Online. He has been working with SharePoint for 16 years from SharePoint 2003 on up, managing environments with terabytes of content for 150,000+ user organizations. Trevor is an author of Deploying SharePoint 2016 and Deploying SharePoint 2019. You can find him on Twitter and in /r/sharepoint.