Thought it might be worth starting a new thread for this. I must admit that references to NNTP bridges to access NG's after Microsoft closes its Usenet server confused me. Alternative newsreaders such as eternal-september have been mentioned. In the thread "When this newsgroup dies, where is everyone going?" (I think it's the MS server that's going to die, not the NG), Eddie makes the point that ISPs also provide newsgroup access. My understanding is that the newsgroup names will remain unchanged although they will not be able to be accessed by the MS News Server, is this correct? If so, would it not be better to advise people to check their ISP newsgroups first (if they are using, say, Windows Live Mail as a client) before setting up bridges etc? BT currently lists all the Microsoft NGs I am currently subscribed to: microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general microsoft.public.windows.live.mail.desktop microsoft.public.windowsupdate microsoft.public.windowsxp.general In my reply to Eddie, I ask "How long will BT keep them though" and "Will people gradually stop posting to them and use the forums?". Will the closure of the MS News Server affect access to MS newsgroups listed in BT via WLM?