Since TechRepublic’s launch in 1999, our members have been at the center of everything we do, from our how-to tips and best practices advice from real-world IT professionals to our technical Q&A and discussion forums. Over the past few months, we’ve been giving the TechRepublic forums a makeover, and we’re happy to announce that the improved version is now live.

Here are some of the more noticeable changes:

New look
The forums have a fresh new design, from the image in the header to the font types, to the coloring.

Categories with sub-forums
We’ve made it easier to find discussions. Have a question about Windows? You can find all discussions about Windows in our new Windows forum. Have a tip or trick to share with the community? There’s a tips and tricks forum for that.

Post types such as discussions, questions, idea, rant and more
Now you can mark your new post by type — discussion, question, alert, praise, tip, rant or idea.

Simpler layout
As you move around the new forums, you will find a much simpler and easier design to navigate between the community pages.

Watercooler is now After Hours
This is the forum for all discussions non-business-tech-related. It’s the place to hang out, kick off your shoes and just shoot the breeze with your peers.

So, take a look around, kick the tires, and tell us what you think.