On January 27th the TechNet Blog user accounts merged with the TechNet Forums Profiles.
This was part of a profile centralization effort, which consolidated our users’ profile suites down to a single instance that can be used across the TechNet websites.
There is one of two options you will encounter as a previous user of TechNet.
For those who don’t yet have a user account or a TechNet Profile, you will be guided through the new TechNet Profile creation process. From that point forward, TechNet will use the TechNet Profile automatically.
You are not required to create an TechNet Profile to read a blog or other TechNet content. You will need a profile to add TechNet Community Content, and some blogs will require a Profile to post a comment there.
We are very excited about bringing the Blogs to the TechNet Profile. This is a tremendous step forward which will make an already awesome community that much richer!
I'm worried this might affect my access to the sites.
At present I can successfully access Technet Forums, but something went wrong with my Technet Blogs ID and I can't access the site. I hope the integration enables me to access both and not lock me out :(
It should be ok, but if something doesn't work after the merge then use the site feedback link on the home page to let us know and we'll assist in restoring your access.
If I try to sign in to the site now, I get redirected to an error page telling me that I can't create an account because my email address is already in use - by my own account!
After getting that error message, I have to delete all cookies for the technet.com domain before I'm allowed to read the blogs. If I don't, every attempt to access a page gets redirected to the same error message.
I only have one Windows Live ID, and it's the one associated with the account that's preventing me from creating an account. The instructions to log out, log in as the Live ID associated with the account and then change the email address are complete rubbish!
Why is this so difficult? What can't one Microsoft site (TechNet) work with another Microsoft site (Windows Live)? How can you expect anyone else to use your service if you can't get it right yourselves???
Richard - please go to the home page and click the site feedback link (bottom right). Our support team can help clear up your account issues.
Sean - how long does that usually take? I completed the feedback form on Monday, but I haven't heard anything yet.