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Mailing Lists and Newsgroups

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October 2009 Update  Most of the information contained in this article is out of date. Please visit Microsoft Technical Communities on the Microsoft Help and Support website for information on available community offerings, including newsgroups and discussion groups.

One of the best ways to solve problems and learn valuable techniques is by discussing issues and questions with people who are using the same technologies as you. Various companies sponsor many mailing lists and newsgroups where you can interact with your peers. New areas are frequently opened and old ones closed, so be sure to search for current ones. Here's a sampling of some interesting areas, and instructions for locating others.

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Mailing Lists
Newsgroups

Mailing Lists

Mailing lists send messages to you through e-mail, and you send messages to the list the same way. They work with most e-mail programs, though some may have problems with certain options. Most mailing lists offer digest subscriptions, which send all of the messages for each day in a single large message. Please read the Microsoft Mailing List User's Guide for detailed instructions on using Microsoft's mailing lists.

Click on the list names below for further information on each mailing list, including subscription instructions.

List NameSubject
ASPlistsActive Server Pages (ASP) technology
ATLMicrosoft Active Template Library (ATL) technology
Authenticode Microsoft Trust Verification Services
CIFS Microsoft Common Internet File System (CIFS)
CryptoAPI Microsoft Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM)
DCOM Microsoft Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM)
IE-HTMLInternet Explorer--HTML and scripting
ISAPI ISAPI applications and filters
Java-COMUsing Java and COM together
MFCMicrosoft Foundation Classes (MFC)
Windows Media TechnologyWindows Media Technology
MSDN WireMSDN Online Community news
VISBAS-BeginnersVisual Basic beginners
VISBAS-LVisual Basic

You can easily search for other mailing lists through:

Newsgroups

For your convenience, we've compiled a list of Usenet newsgroups that focus on Internet technologies, Windows-based programming, and content development.

We also provide links to the Microsoft Product Support area of the Microsoft Web site where you can quickly search for Microsoft's Usenet Newsgroups where Microsoft MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) work to support users.

For tips on using Usenet, searching through groups, finding specific groups, or just to find out more about newsgroups, see the Google Groups site on the World Wide Web.

Peer-to-peer newsgroups are available to help you interact with other users of our products, including Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs). A Microsoft MVP is a professional who voluntaily provides assistance to users through online forums. For more information, please visit the Microsoft MVP page.

In addition, Microsoft MSDN Online members have access to developer newsgroups with the Online Special Interest Groups' Web-based newsgroup reader.

SectionNewsgroups
Internet browsersnews:comp.infosystems.www.browsers.ms-windows
Web browsers for Microsoft Windows

news:comp.os.ms-windows.win95.misc
Web browsers for Microsoft Windows

Microsoft newsgroups for Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer for all platforms, plus Netmeeting, scripting, Java, Internet mail, and news

Internet serversnews:comp.infosystems.www.servers.ms-windows
Web servers for Microsoft Windows and Windows NT

Microsoft newsgroups for Internet Explorer
Setup, usage, ActiveX™ server, and dbWeb

Web content developmentnews:comp.infosystems.www.authoring.cgi
Writing CGI scripts for the Web

news:comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html
Writing HTML for the Web

news:comp.infosystems.www.authoring.images
Using images and image maps on the Web

news:comp.infosystems.www.authoring.misc
Miscellaneous Web authoring issues

Authoring toolsMicrosoft newsgroups for FrontPage
Client, UNIX, and Windows NT Extensions
Programming, generalnews:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.controls
Controls, dialogs, and VBXes

news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.misc
Programming Microsoft Windows

news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.ole
OLE 2, COM, and DDE programming

Microsoft newsgroups for ActiveX and Java
ActiveX SDK, controls, programming, and Java

Microsoft newsgroup for Microsoft Agent
Programming interactive personalities within the Windows interface

Languages and toolsnews:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.win32
32-bit Windows programming interfaces

news:comp.lang.c
The C language

news:comp.lang.c++
The object-oriented C++ language

news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.tools.mfc
MFC-based development for Windows

news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.tools.misc
Windows development tools

news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.tools.winsock
Windows Sockets programming tools

news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.controls
Controls, dialogs, and VBXes

news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.ole
OLE 2, COM, and DDE programming

news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.win32
32-bit Windows programming interfaces

alt.lang.basic
General coverage of the BASIC language

news:comp.lang.basic
General coverage of the BASIC language

news:comp.lang.basic.misc
General coverage of the BASIC language

news:comp.lang.basic.visual.3rdparty
Add-ins for Visual Basic

news:comp.lang.basic.visual.announce
Official information on Visual Basic (moderated)

news:comp.lang.basic.visual.database
Database aspects of Visual Basic

news:comp.lang.basic.visual.misc
Visual Basic in general

alt.lang.vrml
VRML discussion

Microsoft newsgroups for Visual Basic
Controls, databases, OLE, and the Windows API

Microsoft newsgroups for Visual C++
MFC, events, utilities, and ActiveX

Microsoft newsgroups for Visual J++
Installation, compiler, development, and debugger

Microsoft newsgroups for Win32 Development
Kernel, MAPI, TAPI, RPC, multimedia, and OLE

Microsoft newsgroups for Win16
Graphics, printing, kernel, and networks

Microsoft newsgroup for XML
Extensible Markup Language (XML)

Databasesnews:comp.databases.ms-access
Microsoft Access database discussion

news:comp.databases.ms-sqlserver
Microsoft SQL Server and related products

Microsoft newsgroups for SQL Server
Connections, ODBC, programming, and replication

Microsoft newsgroups for Access
Tables, queries, forms, modules, ODBC, security, and more

Microsoft newsgroups for dbWeb
(See page for Internet Information Server)

Windows, networkingnews:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.networks
Network programming

news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.announce
Windows NT announcements (moderated)

news:comp.os.ms-windows.announce
Announcements relating to Windows (moderated)

news:comp.os.ms-windows.programmer.tools.winsock
Windows Sockets programming

news:comp.os.ms-windows.networking.misc
Windows and other networks

news:comp.os.ms-windows.networking.tcp-ip
Windows and TCP/IP networking

news:comp.os.ms-windows.networking.windows
Windows built-in networking

Windows NT and network administrationnews:comp.os.ms-windows.networking.ras
Windows RAS networking

news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.admin.misc
Windows NT system administration

news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.admin.networking
Windows NT network administration

news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.misc
General discussion on Windows NT

Microsoft newsgroups for Windows NT
Domain administration, netware, printing, communication, and more

Encryption and security technologiesnews:comp.security.announce
Security technology announcements

news:comp.security.misc
Computer and network security issues

sci.crypt
Cryptography


  
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