The DevDiv Community Connection (DDCC) and Sever and Tools Online (STO) teams have been hard at work bringing new features to Microsoft Forums.  Here are the two big ones: 

1) Recognition to forums users for answering questions and providing bug information.   This recognition system will go live immediately.  You can see it live here: http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn/default.aspx?siteid=1

2) Integration of Bugs/Feedback into the forums.  An ongoing source of confusion and frustration to our communities is the parallel systems of Connect and the MSDN forums.  This will bring the two together.  We will only be “turning on” a beta forum at first with this new environment and then will roll out to subsequent product/technology forums as we prove the model.  Connect will remain fully live throughout this process.