I understand that

  • for Apple questions, I should use the Ask Different community
  • for Linux questions, I should use the Unix & Linux community

What about for questions about Microsoft services and products? Given the extent of Microsoft's market share, I'm a bit surprised that there's not an obvious community dedicated to it.

Update: in accordance with F1Krazy's advice...

The specific question I want to ask is,

"Microsoft Community, a.k.a. answers.microsoft.com, is (or was) a community support forum (similar to discussions.apple.com). It has been down for at least the last few days. I have a bunch of bookmarks to pages on answers.microsoft.com, and they're all giving a "We are sorry... The page you requested is not available at this time" error. Maybe Microsoft has replaced it with some newer forum... but if you go to https://support.microsoft.com/en-us , it still contains an "Ask the community" link, which goes to answers.microsoft.com, which gives the aforementioned error.

So my question is, has Microsoft replaced the Microsoft Community with something newer? Or is this just a very extended outage, which seems rather unprecedented for a critical resource belonging to one of the world's largest companies?

Which Stack Exchange site would be the appropriate place to pose this question?

Update 2: Because the question is not related to programming, I went ahead and asked it in the Super User community. Apparently that was the wrong community. The question was closed for being off-topic.

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    Do you have a specific question you want to ask? There are at least four or so sites where something Microsoft is on topic, most of which are not exclusively devoted to Microsoft products (with the exception of Windows Phone SE). – Laurel Oct 16 at 15:57
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    Worth reading: area51.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/7688/… (TL;DR: there was once a proposal for a site dedicated to Microsoft, which was closed.) – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Oct 16 at 16:26
  • Yes, Laurel, I do have a specific question. And it's not about Windows Phone, so I guess we're now down to three SE communities. If you could please list those three communities, I can probably take it from there and decide which one is best suited for my question. – user3358338 Oct 17 at 4:07
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    Well "questions about microsoft" is awfully broad. Narrow down your request in order to get meaningfull answers. – Luuklag Oct 17 at 16:49
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    "The technical question that I will ask, if I eventually find out which Community is appropriate for Microsoft questions, doesn't seem appropriate for the Meta Community." It wouldn't be, no, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with asking, "I have a specific question XYZ, which SE site would it be most suitable for?" – F1Krazy Oct 17 at 17:03
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    @user3358338 If you have a question related to programming, you may ask it on Stack Overflow (C#, Visual Studio, among others, are products by Microsoft). If you have a question related to Windows or MS-Office, you may ask it on Super User. These are the two that I could think of off the top of my head. Of course, before posting on any child site, you should go through its Help Center and make sure that your (potential) question is on-topic. – 41686d6564 Oct 17 at 17:25
  • Does this answer your question? Which computer science / programming Stack Exchange sites do I post on? – gnat Oct 19 at 7:59

Stack Exchange hasn't a main site to ask a question like "has Microsoft replaced the Microsoft Community with something newer?", but questions about using web applications can be asked on https://webapps.stackexchange.com.

The above because it could be argued that https://www.microsoft.com is a web application.

Questions about:

  • programming using Microsoft's stuff might be asked on Stack Overflow.
  • SharePoint might be asked on https://sharepoint.stackexchange.com/
  • Microsoft Windows and software usage in general might be asked on Super User
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    @OP Please do not repeat the same mistake. If you decided to post on Web Applications, make sure to check its Help Center first. I personally never used WebApps.SE before but I don't think such a question would be on-topic there. – 41686d6564 Oct 18 at 0:36

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