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Microsoft launches new Q&A website to replace TechNet and MSDN forums


Microsoft has announced the launch of a new Q&A website (as spotted by Rafael Rivera), which will provide a new experience for users to ask questions and get answers about Microsoft's products and services. The new website is actually a part of the Microsoft Docs platform, which already hosts technical documentation for Microsoft services, as well as code samples.

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Just like Docs aimed to unify technical documentation that used to be found in different websites and platforms, Q&A will also replace the TechNet and MSDN forums, which served a similar purpose. The transition will allow for some new features that could improve the experience, such as tags to allow users to ask questions about multiple services in a single place, the ability to follow people, tags, and posts to get updates, and more. It should also simplify your account management since a single account will work across all of Microsoft Docs.

While Microsoft plans for the Q&A website to replace TechNet and MSDN, it isn't happening right away. The new website has launched today with a limited set of topics, mostly revolving Azure, as well as the Universal Windows Platform. Microsoft says it will continue adding new topics over the next few months, and it plans to finish migration by mid-2020.

You can check out the new Microsoft Q&A website here.


Microsoft wins JEDI contract from the U.S. Dept. of Defense


The United States Department of Defense has awarded Microsoft with an enterprise general-purpose cloud contract called Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI). The base contract period will last for two years with a $1 million guarantee but spending is likely to increase to around $210 million in those two years, driven by user adoption of the product.

The DOD’s decision to find a firm to offer the contract to has been going on for quite a while now, with Microsoft and Amazon being the only contenders for the contract since at least October 2018. The process has not been smooth sailing with both IBM and Oracle raising issues over the matter. Despite this, the DOD said in its statement that all of the firms who partook were “treated fairly and evaluated consistently”.


Commenting on the news, DOD Chief Information Officer, Dana Deasy, said:

“The National Defense Strategy dictates that we must improve the speed and effectiveness with which we develop and deploy modernized technical capabilities to our women and men in uniform. The DOD Digital Modernization Strategy was created to support this imperative. This award is an important step in execution of the Digital Modernization Strategy.”

The DOD’s JEDI contract is part of a wider technology overhaul to modernize systems. With JEDI, Microsoft's aim will now be to deliver a product that gives the military better access to data and the cloud from battlefields and other remote areas. On the back of the news, Microsoft’s stock price has risen by more than 3% in after-hours trading.

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