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September 10, 2012



Thank you for the thoughtful review, Lynn. I particularly agree with your opinion on "Microsoft style" and "Not Microsoft style." Are the words "correct" and "incorrect" too politically incorrect - excuse me - not political style?

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, James. Thanks for your comment, which made me smile. I guess the writers and editors wanted to emphasize that they just do things certain ways at Microsoft. Perhaps they did not want want to come across as usage thugs.



Thank you so much for your review. It's actually very coincidental that I read your post minutes after searching for a reliable and relevant technical writing book. I, myself, am a technical writer and have been using the PDF version of Microsoft Manual of Style 3rd edition that my tech writing professor sent me in college--although I can't print it. So, since I'm a bit old fashioned and I hate reading giant texts in front of a computer screen (and thanks to your review), I'm now thinking about buying the 4th edition of this trusty guide, or maybe the 3rd if you're having certain qualms about the newer version. Which one would you recommend if you had to choose?

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Victoria. I would definitely get the 4th edition. It has much information about writing for a global audience, which virtually all of us have to do these days. Also, it offers advice on communicating about such terms and topics as the cloud and Wi-Fi, which no one knew much about at the time of the 3rd edition.


Sviatoslav Romanenko

I have never saw MS product without errors.

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