Microsoft appears very dedicated to rebrand many of its products and websites for the upcoming Windows 8 / Windows Phone 8 launch at the end of the month. Several high profile properties have been redesigned in past months. From the new outlook.com to a fully redesigned microsoft.com website that was launched just a few days ago.
The company today launched a redesign and rebranding of Microsoft Answers, a community based website that acts as Microsoft's official support forum. An announcement at the top of the web page is displayed today on the site that informs visitors about the new name - Microsoft Community - and the redesign of the website.
Microsoft Answers is now Microsoft Community!
We've got a new name and a new look, but the Microsoft Community will continue to provide the same great questions and answers that you rely on to get the most out of your technology.
The new Microsoft Community website ships with a modernized look that uses whitespace prominently. The frontpage displays a list of top forums, contributors, and options to find answers or ask a new question. A Microsoft Account is still needed to post questions or reply to existing questions.
The site features eight core forums for Microsoft consumer products. Each forum displays trending topics of the week, and options to browse answers by topic or product version. The Internet Explorer forum for instance can filter topics by browser version or operating system,while the virus and malware forum links to Microsoft security products and important security related topics such as upgrading or removing threats.
The forums have not changed that much compared to the previous version. Topics are still sorted by the last reply, and answered indicates whether the issue has been resolved or not.
Microsoft Community has not been moved to another url yet, it is still located under answers.microsoft.com. It is not a big issue but still something that may confuse new users of the service.
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