You can read the newsgroups just using your browser at http://communities.microsoft.com/newsgroups/default.asp?icp=whidbey&slcid=us. The browser interface isn't very good for keeping up with the newsgroups, though.
Viewing these Newsgroups with an NNTP Newsreader
You can use Outlook Express or other NNTP newsreader. Since these are private newsgroups, your server will require you to logon using the following information: