I just read an interesting piece on Internet
News about blogging, in the context of Microsoft, Longhorn and the PDC.
I definitely think blogs have had a pretty substantial impact on the flow of
information about new and existing Microsoft products. Within Microsoft, a great source
of technical information is the archives of various internal mailing lists. Increasingly,
I notice that a lot of that information and more is being shared broadly through
blogs. Ofcourse, Google Groups helps too!
The issue with newsgroups is that you find answers to a lot of questions, but no real
in depth articles and explanation. MSDN articles, on the other hand, have a lot of
great information, but no real feedback/update mechanism. Blogs seem to incorporate
the best of both worlds, with the added advantage of informality and a personal touch.