I don’t like to appear too pessimistic about certain things, but in this case, I just don’t think it’s going to work. Windows Media Center isn’t a tiny niche by any means, but there is also no single, centralized mega-community for it either. At best, it’s a bunch of wanderers that just collect at different sites/forums/blogs that they fit in with. TheGreenButton has been one of those for years, then Microsoft bought it and and put its head on the chopping block with this announcement.
I don’t know what part of moving to a Windows Community platform would be considered an upgrade, but whatever. I like old school forums. These new forums just completely kill the social aspect of what a forum is/was and they just become little more than a voting competition. Sure, your questions may get answered, but there is just no dialogue…no connecting with peers. I just find them quite soulless.
I suppose if this is all you know or are most familiar with, it will appear a good move; maybe even an about time moment. In that case, I’m happy for you. However, for me, “this sucks” is about all that comes to mind. I don’t visit TheGreenButton as often as I used to, but I do still give it a few hits per week. I suppose once it moves to the new Windows Community Forum platform it will eventually become a good resource for information, but I’m afraid that same platform will have killed whatever personality TGB has hung onto since the acquisition. Even the popular domain name is slated to become nothing more than a redirect; probably to another answers.microsoft.com subsite. Pity.
Honestly, I hope it does well, and in some regards, I’m sure it will. I’m afraid I won’t be playing much of a part in it though.