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Microsoft Access newsgroups available on the Internet

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Microsoft has expanded its online services to a non-proprietary platform with the addition of no-charge Microsoft-sponsored NNTP newsgroups on the Internet. Previously, Microsoft-sponsored electronic service forums were limited to users of CompuServe and MSN. With the creation of these newsgroups, users of Microsoft Access can obtain electronic service support on the Microsoft Support Web site at by using any Internet provider.

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Following is a list of the Microsoft-sponsored Microsoft Access NNTP Newsgroups:
 Getting Started               microsoft.public.access.gettingstarted
 Tables and Database Design    microsoft.public.access.tablesdbdesign
 Queries                       microsoft.public.access.queries
 Forms                         microsoft.public.access.forms
 Forms Programming             microsoft.public.access.formscoding
 Reports and Printing          microsoft.public.access.reports
 Macros                        microsoft.public.access.macros
 Data Access Pages             microsoft.public.access.dataacess.pages
 Modules, DAO, and VBA         microsoft.public.access.modulesdaovba
 Modules, ADO, DAO, and VBA    microsoft.public.access.modulesdaovba.ado
 Command Bars, Toolbars & UI*  microsoft.public.access.commandbarsui
 ODBC and Client/Server*       microsoft.public.access.odbcclientsvr
 Importing, Exporting, Linking microsoft.public.access.externaldata
 Interoperability, OLE, & DDE* microsoft.public.access.interopoledde
 Multiuser and Networking      microsoft.public.access.multiuser
 Replication                   microsoft.public.access.replication
 Setup and Configuration       microsoft.public.access.setupconfig
 Conversion                    microsoft.public.access.conversion
 ActiveX Controls              microsoft.public.access.activexcontrol
 Developer Toolkits            microsoft.public.access.developers.toolkitode
 3rd Party and User Groups     microsoft.public.access.3rdpartyusrgrp
 Internet Features             microsoft.public.access.internet

* The abbreviations above represent the following:

     UI   = User Interface
     ODBC = Open Database Connectivity
     OLE  = Object Linking and Embedding
     DDE  = Dynamic Data Exchange
Microsoft does not offer any formal support in these newsgroups. Instead, they are provided as a platform for participating in the global community of Microsoft customers and product experts. Microsoft MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) provide technical answers and expertise in the newsgroups. They come from a wide range of backgrounds and professions, with a willingness to give their time, expertise, and advice to enhance the technical skills of other customers.

You can use any newsreader software to access the newsgroups. The Microsoft news server name is You do not need to enter an account name or password.

For more information about the newsgroups, newsreaders, and rules of conduct, please visit the Microsoft Access Newsgroups Web page at: Microsoft technical communities provide opportunities to interact with Microsoft employees, experts, and your peers in order to share knowledge and news about Microsoft products and related technologies. These technical communities provide a variety of ways to access answers to questions, to access solutions to problems, and to share your own expertise. These technical communities are located at the following Microsoft Web site:

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This article was written about products for which Microsoft no longer offers support. Therefore, this article is offered "as is" and will no longer be updated.

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Article Info
Article ID : 150057
Revision : 5
Created on : 1/19/2007
Published on : 1/19/2007
Exists online : False
Views : 364