What's the difference between Microsoft Answers and Microsoft Docs Q&A?

Jason Go 21 Reputation points

There seem to be 2 different websites where you can ask questions and contribute answers:

  1. Microsoft Answers (https://answers.microsoft.com/)
  2. Microsoft Learn' Q&A (https://learn.microsoft.com/answers/products/)

What are the differences between the 2?

Which of the 2 are more active?

Also, regarding badges for helping the community, it looks like they have different badging system. Points earned from one platform does not reflect to the other.

I'm confused.

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  1. Sam of Simple Samples 5,466 Reputation points

    First understand that Microsoft often uses confusing names. For example Q&A is not the same as QnA.

    Look at Microsoft Q&A supported products; it says technical questions and answers. That is important. So for example if someone has a question about how to make text bold in Word then they would ask in Microsoft Answers unless they want to write a program or script to do that. I do not know how to define what a technical question would be that is not a programming question but Q&A would be for the more technical questions and Answers is for the less technical questions. You probably want a clear definition of the difference and if someone can provide that then please mark it as the answer; I doubt anyone can.

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  1. Dave Patrick 341.8K Reputation points MVP

    QnA replaced the TechNet IT Pro and MSDN Dev forums. Microsoft answers was always of a consumer based forums.

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