At last. News groups to me is like a dinosaur that Microsoft was keeping alive. They are useful sources of information, no question about it, but forums are a lot better to keep that information. So thank you Microsoft for listening.
Beginning in June 2010, Microsoft will begin closing newsgroups and migrating users to Microsoft forums that include Microsoft Answers, TechNet and MSDN. This move will centralize content, make it easier for contributors to retain their influence, reduce redundancies and make content easier to find. Overall, forums offer a better spam management platform that will improve customer satisfaction by encouraging a healthy discussion space.