Microsoft forums – where they are?

Microsoft has a lot forums in different (community) sites with a lot of topics. In this posting I listed up Microsoft forums, their locations and forum groups (categories under which forums belong). The purpose of this posting is to provide you with important information – where you get help when you have technical problems.

MSDN Forums

Location: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/categories/

MSDN forums site is Microsoft’s biggest forum site I think. It’s a huge pile of information about almost every topic you can imagine. For many technologies you can consider MSDN forums as main source of support and information.

Forum groups:

ASP.NET Forums

Location: http://forums.asp.net/

ASP.NET forums are focused on ASP.NET and data management technologies. This is the main source of ASP.NET related information and if you have problems with ASP.NET you should start with this forum. If you state your questions correctly then you get answers pretty quickly.

Forum groups:

Silverlight Forums

Location: http://silverlight.net/forums/

Silverlight forums are for you if you are serious Silverlight hacker. You can find information almost about every Silverlight topic. Although I am not Silverlight pro and don’t visit this forum often I can see that this forum is pretty active. If you have questions then feel free to ask there. You can see only few forum groups in the following list, but don’t throw this forum away – all these groups have good bunch of forums.

Forum groups:

Windows Forms / WPF Forums

Location: http://windowsclient.net/Forums/

Forums about building client environment on Windows platform. Windows Forms forums are moved away for today and they are part of MSDN forums. WPF forums are still there and don’t be afraid trying them out.

Forum groups:

  • Windows Presentation Foundation
  • Windows Forms
  • Acropolis

IIS Forums

Location: http://forums.iis.net/

If you are IIS admin or developer or you are just interested in IIS and its features then check out IIS forums. Similarly to Silverlight forums you can see not very much forum groups here but almost all these groups contain a lot of forums. Just check out if these forums may help you.

Forum groups:

If I missed some Microsoft forums site here then please let me know.


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