Overview:

In this post we will look at a new service launched by Microsoft. We all are aware of Microsoft Forums – one of the go to places for asking questions and getting an answer for our question. There are many forums like MSDN Forum – for anything related to development & developers, Technet Forum – for anything related to ITPro, to name a few.

Wouldn’t it be nice if I were to access these forums even on the go through my mobile. Well now you can – yes – Microsoft has released a new web version of these forums which can be browsed from your smart phones. So lets take a look at this new web version and get to know its features in the following sections.

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What is Microsoft Forums:

“Microsoft Forums”Application allows you access MSDN, TechNet and Office365 forums directly right from your mobile devices. You can keep on track with the hottest topics, your own threads, favorite forums, in search with major topics, FAQs, and the latest news from OneCode & OneScript. Microsoft Forums connects you with our forum communities like never before.


Accessing Microsoft Forums on phone:

Just point your browsers on your phone to http://aka.ms/msforums. Current supported browsers on phone are as follows:

  • IE 9.0 or Higher (Windows Phone 7.5)
  • Safari 4.0 or higher (iOS)
  • Firefox 3.5/Safari 4.0 or higher (Android)

Native apps will be released soon.


Microsoft Forums Features:

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How to use Microsoft Forums:

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Experience of Microsoft Forums Web Version on Windows Phone 7.5:

When navigated to http://aka.ms/msforums, we get the following page:

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Main Page:

msforumsmain

MSDN:

msforumsmsdn 

Technet:

msforumstechnet

Office 365:

msforumsoffice

Settings:

msforumssettings


Pin to Start feature in Windows Phone 7.5:

Each page of the Microsoft Forums van be pinned to start in Windows Phone 7.5. Here are some of the examples:

msforumspin


Native Apps Coming Soon:

Here is a sneak peek of what could be the screenshots of the native app for Microsoft Forums:

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Conclusion:

Microsoft Forums Web Version seems to be a good application to bookmark. If you are a person who is on the go and need answers this is the app to have especially for anything on Microsoft technologies. If you have smartphones, give it a try by pointing your browsers to http://aka.ms/msforums.

Till next time – as usual – Happy Coding. Code with Passion, Decode with Patience.

  • Very awesome! Any way to add Microsoft Answers to the mix? I’m very interested in a native WP7 and Android app.

    Great job!

    • Hi Dustin,

      Not sure on the Microsoft Answers. This is as of now avilable only for the forums. Soon we may expect answers too – i do not know on that fact :) Glad you liked the article.

      • Warren Miao

        Hi, this is Warren from Microsoft – actually from this project team. Glad that you like it, and happy to answer the questions – 
        1. For now, MSAnswers is not available in this web service, but we will consider as good feedback in the upcoming development of native apps. BTW, for consumer related queries, possible way to get help via cellphone is to ask via @MSHelps:disqus  in Twitter. 2. Native app for WP, Android, iOS will be rolled out in this year – possibly to have WP version first in May/June. Please continue to follow this blog or other Microsoft news channels :)

        Thanks again for the feedback.

  • This is indeed excellent – excellent :) 

    • @3ad80e5cd80033c4b574b34cc8ffe419:disqus Thank you sir….means a lot to get those appreciation from you :)

  • This is the right blog for anyone who wants to find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic that’s been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!