Microsoft Writing Style Guide: A new guide for technical communication

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For technical writers and technical communicators, the Microsoft Manual of Style has been one of the main resources of style guidelines for writing about computers and technology. It was an essential manual for content developers, creators, journalists, communicators, and editors. After the 4th Edition was published in 2012, I thought for sure Microsoft would continue to release paper versions of this essential book.

In February 2018, Microsoft took the radical approach of publishing the next version of the guide as a free, web-based resource. Now branded the Microsoft Writing Style Guide, it brings Microsoft writing guidelines “up-to-date for 2018 and is an evolution of the Microsoft Manual of Style from 2012. The principles and guidelines in the guide are the same as those used by internal Microsoft writers, which allows consistent quality and style across all apps and content.”

The new guide is “to help editors, technical writers, developers, marketers, and anyone else in IT write better content”. It also has tips for developers on how to “write code examples and reference documentation, and how to format text elements”.

Overall, it’s designed to help you communicate clearly, consistently, and accurately about technical topics—across a range of audiences and media.

You can read more about the announcement of the new Microsoft Writing Style Guide in this blog post.

You can find the new Microsoft Writing Style Guide at the shortlink: aka.ms/microsoftstyle

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About Ken Cenerelli
I am a technical writer/programmer writer/content developer, .NET developer, Microsoft MVP, public speaker, blogger, and Microsoft Azure nerd. I blog about technology at kencenerelli.wordpress.com and am on Twitter via @KenCenerelli.

One Response to Microsoft Writing Style Guide: A new guide for technical communication

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