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Press Release: January 25, 2012

Microsoft Manual of Style, 4th Edition--New from Microsoft Press

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Microsoft Manual of Style, 4th Edition

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Sebastopol, CA—Innovations in technology require great minds. Yet how many of those innovations would be lost on those they were created for without the dedication of writers and editors who are committed to ensuring their success? Now in its fourth edition, the Microsoft Manual of Style (Microsoft Press, $29.99 USD) provides essential guidance to content creators, journalists, technical writers, editors, and everyone else who writes about computer technology.

"At Microsoft, the guiding principles for how we communicate the ideas and concepts behind our technologies, software, hardware, and services have remained the same over the years: consistency, clarity, and accuracy, and our desire to inspire as well as inform," says editor Elizabeth Whitmire.

"However, change occurs rapidly in the world of technology, and so do the ways we talk about technology," continues Whitmire. "Even expert editors need a set of vetted guidelines that keep them up to date and protect them from making the same decisions repeatedly or in isolation. This edition of the Microsoft Manual of Style is about standardizing, clarifying, and simplifying the creation of content by providing the latest usage guidelines that apply across the genres of technical communication—1,000 decisions you don't have to make again."

Direct from the Editorial Style Board at Microsoft—you get a comprehensive glossary of both general technology terms and those specific to Microsoft; clear, concise usage and style guidelines with helpful examples and alternatives; guidance on grammar, tone, and voice; and best practices for writing content for the web, optimizing for accessibility, and communicating to a worldwide audience. Fully updated and optimized for ease of use, the Microsoft Manual of Style is designed to help you communicate clearly, consistently, and accurately about technical topics—across a range of audiences and media.

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Microsoft Manual of Style, 4th Edition Microsoft® Manual of Style, 4th Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
By Microsoft Corporation
Print ISBN: 9780735648715  
Pages: 464
Print Price: $29.99

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