Further to my recent post Yammer – How Yammer has changed the way we work with SharePoint, Microsoft has now opened a new discussion platform.

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/ is a new platform where you can get help from the community. As with everything nowadays Microsoft has first launched the preview only collecting feedback.

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So based on your product preferences you can click through to your interests areas.

I’ve only had a short play with it and answered the first few questions. And earned my first Badges.

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Yes, this is nice for the real geek IT Pro, but I would still prefer the larger Yammer Office 365 community.

Also this new community feels a bit like the old MSDN/TechNet forums used to be. I’m sure that things like images added to my questions and text formatting is all a lot better in this new platform but all the easy stuff that Yammer offered us seems to be gone.

As I mentioned  at the top of this post. It’s only the preview version so most likely there is still a lot of improvement to come. I’m looking forward to it.

PROs

  • You can now earn Badges.
  • Nicely product organised discussions
  • Easier to find discussions through Google/Bing
  • You don’t need a Yammer account
  • Adding images to a post looks slightly better

CONs

  • It feels like we’re back to the old forums.
  • It feels a lot heavier than Yammer.
  • The community hasn’t found the new network yet. 500 users rather than 10k+
  • Settings up email alerts is harder

 

 

 

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