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Isladogs-4862 suggested TracyMyles commented

No replacement for MSDN Forums

I understand that the MSDN ACCESS/Excel/Word for Developers forums are all closing on 6th Jan 2021.
A banner heading on those forums is directing users to Microsoft Q&A but there are no equivalent areas on this site.

Please either keep the MSDN forums running or provide an alternative that is at least as useful at Q&A
There will be a lot of disgruntled users if you fail to do so.

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@Isladogs-4862 , thank you for the feedback. We are reviewing it and we will be updating this item once we finish the review.

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@Isladogs-4862 the Office development team decided that instead of creating tags for each of the applications, to create a general tag for all called "office-addins-dev" instead.

In the M365 page in Q&A, you can see the apps are listed there. All of them point to the "office-addins-dev" tab thoug.

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Isladogs-4862 commented

OK the 3 apps are now listed but others such as Outlook and PowerPoint are still missing.
However pointing them all to Office Addins Dev is an unsatisfactory 'solution' as the questions asked would be on using the individual Office apps themselves. Those like myself, who mainly answer Access questions will not wish to search for those in a group of unrelated topics.
There is one Access related thread there now and that is just pointing out another weakness in this flawed half baked idea.

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Thank you @Isladogs-4862 I am passing this feedback to the product team in charge of supporting these products.

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You are entirely right, this supposed replacement for the msdn forum is far from acceptable. My experience with the QnA forum is that it is extremely poor! There is no Access forum, everything is just thrown together is one great mess. The Editor is poor.

I don't get closing down a forum and pushing people to this ... Just ridiculous and actually insulting. This is just like the Answers fiasco, is it going to take 3-4 versions over 5+ years to get a decent forum here as well! Ask I know it's that it is clear that this forum was never designed as a proper replacement for the msdn one, and IMHO clearly was never tested, nor and usability testing done.

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EasyOley-797 commented

Maybe u have to register to microsoft partner , microsoft support and and get verification and your own MPN ID.

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Isladogs-4862 commented

Sorry but I don't understand the point of the last comment

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CData-3904 commented

yeah this is a bit of a mess....

also if I answer a question posted.... I see no way to return to the overall list of questions...
back-browser takes me to root log in screen.....

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TracyMyles commented

Hello @Isladogs-4862 , we have heard your feedback and relayed it to the Partner Group. They have decided to make a new tag for Access "office-access-dev", you can visit this tag through the Microsoft 365 on Q&A landing page, or by manually searching it. Users may now ask questions regarding Access using this tag. thank you!

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