Updated 1:40 p.m. with more background and history on Microsoft's newsgroups
Microsoft said it plans to end support for more than 4,000 old-style newsgroups starting next month, pushing users instead to discussion forums such as those found on the Microsoft Answers, TechNet, and MSDN sites.
Although venerable, Microsoft said that so-called NNTP newsgroups are past their time in terms of being usable and secure.
"Newsgroups run on an outdated and discontinued platform that is no longer supported, making them vulnerable to spam and other usability issues," Microsoft said in a statement. The company said … Read more