Microsoft seems to be shutting down its UserVoice forums

UserVoice forums splash image with text showing that it&039s not active

Microsoft is apparently shutting down its UserVoice forums, as spotted by MVP Marc D Anderson (via Petri). If you go to find feedback items on the various UserVoice sites, you'll be greeted with messages like the one above that says, "This site is not currently active". If you try to access something specific, it says, "This UserVoice instance does not exist."

We've reached out to Microsoft for comment on this, and so far, let's be clear that the company hasn't confirmed anything.

Assuming that the UserVoice forums were terminated, it's a very strange move. The move is very abrupt, and the firm didn't notify anyone, even its MVPs, that these were going away. If Microsoft had a plan in place to migrate its feedback to somewhere else, it would typically display a message for a period of time to let everyone know that the change is coming.

It would seem likely that the plan would be to move to an internal solution, such as the Feedback Hub that various teams have been trying to send their users to for a few years now. Or for example, in the Edge browser, it has a built-in feedback mechanism. With so many different ways to file feedback on so many products, this might just be a way of consolidating.

Naturally, we'll update this article as soon as Microsoft says what's going on.

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