>>> ANNOUNCEMENT: NNTP BRIDGE (forum client) now available! <<<

>>> ANNOUNCEMENT: NNTP BRIDGE (forum client) now available! <<<:
http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/partnerfdbk/thread/4cf232da-054b-4f81-b9cb-2f5a8f0cf49e



According partner’s feedback, we have worked out this NNTP Bridge to enable offline reader function while using Microsoft Partner Technical Community. You are encouraged to download and test it. If you have any feedback to the specific application, please contact our management team at pngfd@microsoft.com and we will follow it up promptly.


 



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We are excited to announce that the Microsoft Forum NNTP Bridge Version 1.0 has been released by the Server & Tools Online (STO) team via Connect web site.


 


The NNTP Bridge is an application created and maintained by the Microsoft Forum team. This application emulates an NNTP server to the extent of allowing NNTP newsreader clients to read data from and write data to Microsoft forums. It is a custom solution built on top of the standard NNTP protocol and expects communication from an NNTP newsreader client; therefore it does not necessarily support all NNTP command input. The NNTP Bridge acts as a medium of data transportation between the newsreader client and Microsoft forums. As a result, the user’s experience may change depending on the newsreader client.


 


The NNTP Bridge officially targets the following three newsreader clients:


·         Windows Mail


·         Windows Live Mail


·         Outlook Express


 


While other clients were also being tested during the development process (including Forte Agent and Thunderbird), bugs not pertaining to the three targeted clients are not guaranteed to be fixed at this time.


 


The installation of the application and the limited UI of the application itself (basically a start button, a stop button, and WLID sign in page) are only available in English.  However, when the Bridge is running, you are free to connect to forums of any language and read/post in any language you select.


 


 


 

The NNTP Bridge Client v1.0 Release is available via the Microsoft Connect site. Please refer to the following steps to download and install it and then configure the newsreader client.

 

NOTE: The NNTP Bridge team is accepting your feedback directly on the Connect portal. Providing your thoughts and comments there will route your requests directly to the Dev team.

 

1.       Download the utility by following the instructions at http://connect.microsoft.com/MicrosoftForums (NNTP Bridge Home Page on Connect).

 

2.       Install the NNTP bridge by following the steps at http://connect.microsoft.com/MicrosoftForums/content/content.aspx?ContentID=13820.

 

Note: In step 1, go to the forum based POTC http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/categories and sign in by using your LiveID which has been associated with your company’s MPN account.

 

3.       Configure your newsreader client:

 

3.1). On successful starting of the NNTP Bridge application, start your nntp news reader client, ie., Windows Mail.  

3.2). Create a newsgroup account, and type 127.0.0.1 as the NNTP server and 119 as the port. With that information it should be able to connect to your local NNTP Bridge and successfully list all the forums.

 

3.3). Select the partner forum(s) you are interested in. English Partner Online Technical Communities are mapping to queues started with Microsoft.en-US.partner*.

 

Note: For your convenience, we quoted a list of the mapping between forum names and queue names displayed in newsreader client in the Appendix below.

 


 





Besides, some more resources are for your reference:


 


NNTP Bridge Troubleshooting Guide


http://connect.microsoft.com/MicrosoftForums/content/content.aspx?ContentID=15478


 


NNTP Bridge Frequently Asked Questions


http://connect.microsoft.com/MicrosoftForums/content/content.aspx?ContentID=13816


 


Respectfully yours,


 


Your Partner Online Technical Community Support Team


 
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Appendix:

Forum Names

Queue Names Displayed in Newsreader Client

Windows 7 Application Compatibility Support for ISVs

Microsoft.en-US.partnerdevappcompat

ASP.NET

Microsoft.en-US.partnerdevaspnet

Windows Azure

Microsoft.en-US.partnerdevazure

Windows Mobile Visual C#

Microsoft.en-US.partnerdevcsharp

Expression

Microsoft.en-US.partnerdevexpresion

Silverlight

Microsoft.en-US.partnerdevsiliverlight

SQL Server Developer

Microsoft.en-US.partnerdevsql

Windows Mobile Visual C++

Microsoft.en-US.partnerdevvc

Visual Studio

Microsoft.en-US.partnerdevvs

Windows Presentation Foundation

Microsoft.en-US.partnerdevwpf

Dynamics AX

Microsoft.en-US.partnerdynamicsax

Dynamics CRM

Microsoft.en-US.partnerdynamicscrm

Dynamics GP

Microsoft.en-US.partnerdynamicsgp

Dynamics NAV

Microsoft.en-US.partnerdynamicsnav

Dynamics SL

Microsoft.en-US.partnerdynamicssl

Dynamics Sure Step

Microsoft.en-US.partnerdynamicssurestep

Partner Announcements and Feedback

Microsoft.en-US.partnerfdbk

Internet Information Server

Microsoft.en-US.partnerinterneiis

Internet Explorer

Microsoft.en-US.partnerinternetie

Microsoft Action Pack (MAPS) Program Non-Technical Questions Feedback

Microsoft.en-US.partnermapspgm

Office Mobile

Microsoft.en-US.partnermobilityoffice

System Center Mobile Device Manager

Microsoft.en-US.partnermobilityscmdm

Windows Mobile

Microsoft.en-US.partnermobilitywin

Exchange Client (Windows Mail/Outlook Express)

Microsoft.en-US.partnermsgclient

Exchange Server

Microsoft.en-US.partnermsgexchange

Live Communication Server

Microsoft.en-US.partnermsglcs

Office Access

Microsoft.en-US.partnerofficeaccess

Office Accounting

Microsoft.en-US.partnerofficeaccounting

Office Excel

Microsoft.en-US.partnerofficeexcel

Office Setup and General Questions

Microsoft.en-US.partnerofficegen

Office for Mac

Microsoft.en-US.partnerofficemacoffice

Office Outlook

Microsoft.en-US.partnerofficeoutlook

Office PowerPoint

Microsoft.en-US.partnerofficeppt

Office SharePoint

Microsoft.en-US.partnerofficesharepoint

Office Visio

Microsoft.en-US.partnerofficevisio

Office Word

Microsoft.en-US.partnerofficeword

Technical and Competitive Sales Assistance – Presales Assistance

Microsoft.en-US.partnerpresales

Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC) Non-Technical Questions and Feedback

Microsoft.en-US.partnersbscpgm

Forefront

Microsoft.en-US.partnersecurityforefront

Integrated Application Gateway

Microsoft.en-US.partnersecurityiag

ISA Server

Microsoft.en-US.partnersecurityisa

Windows SteadyState

Microsoft.en-US.partnersecuritysteadystate

Windows Update Services

Microsoft.en-US.partnersecuritywinupdate

SQL Server

Microsoft.en-US.partnersqlserver

System Builder Essential Business Server Preinstallation

Microsoft.en-US.partnersysbuildebs

System Builder Licensing

Microsoft.en-US.partnersysbuildlicensing

System Builder Office Preinstallation

Microsoft.en-US.partnersysbuildoffice

System Builder Small Business Server Preinstallation

Microsoft.en-US.partnersysbuildsbs

System Builder Windows Server Preinstallation

Microsoft.en-US.partnersysbuildwinserver

System Builder Windows Server 7 Preinstallation

Microsoft.en-US.partnersysbuildwinserver7

System Builder Windows Vista Preinstallation

Microsoft.en-US.partnersysbuildwinvista

System Builder Windows XP Preinstallation

Microsoft.en-US.partnersysbuildwinxp

SC Configuration Manager

Microsoft.en-US.partnersystemcentercm

SC Essentials

Microsoft.en-US.partnersystemcenteress

SC Operations Manager

Microsoft.en-US.partnersystemcenterom

SC Virtual Machine Manager

Microsoft.en-US.partnersystemcentervmm

Partner Online Technical Community Test (for test purpose only)

Microsoft.en-US.partnertest

Virtual PC and Virtual Server

Microsoft.en-US.partnervirtualpc

Windows Server Hyper-V

Microsoft.en-US.partnervirtualserver

Windows Client 7

Microsoft.en-US.partnerwinclient7rc

Windows Vista

Microsoft.en-US.partnerwinclientvista

Windows XP

Microsoft.en-US.partnerwinclientxp

Windows Server

Microsoft.en-US.partnerwinserver

Windows Server 7

Microsoft.en-US.partnerwinserver7rcthreads

Windows Small Business Server

Microsoft.en-US.partnerwinserverebs

Windows Essential Business Server

Microsoft.en-US.partnerwinserversbs

One Thought on “>>> ANNOUNCEMENT: NNTP BRIDGE (forum client) now available! <<<

  1. Joe Raby on February 26, 2010 at 9:25 am said:

    People still use NNTP? Really?

    If [Office] Outlook had it, I’d probably use it as a newsreader, and perhaps others would too, but I can’t say that I know of any (consumer) clients that use newsgroups from an application anymore. Web forums, whether from a proprietary forum web app, or translated from standard NNTP newsgroups, maybe, but not so much from a newsgroup application.

    I dunno. I could see NNTP get deprecated due to its legacy connection to the old Unix days of the internet. Gopher is dead too, although I think Gopher would’ve been a good protocol to adapt to mobile devices. Speaking of which, I’d love to see GopherVR reincarnated. :P

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