Microsoft Manual of Style, 4th Edition

As an IT consultant, conference speaker, and blogger, I have found the recently updated Microsoft Manual of Style to be indispensable. Although not a full-time writer, I spend a great deal of time creating project documentation, training manuals, and short articles. Because I’m an engineer by training and not an English major, a guide written by Microsoft is much more helpful to me than a generic style guide such as the Chicago Manual of Style, since the latter is written for non-technical journalists.

This manual is well-balanced between technical issues and writing issues. On the technical side, the book deals with writing content for the web and how to properly refer to visual elements in Microsoft operating systems (including mobile). On the writing side, the book deals with writing for a worldwide audience (helpful, as 50% of my blog readers are outside the United States), punctuation, and voice. The authors present examples in “Microsoft Style” and “Not Microsoft Style”, allowing the reader to see style concepts in actual usage. Microsoft® Manual of Style is also available in several electronic formats including Amazon Kindle format, Barnes and Noble Nook format, ePub, Mobi and Adobe PDF (the latter three from O’Reilly’s web site), making it easy to take anywhere.

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About Dallas Marks

As a business intelligence architect, author, and trainer, I help organizations across the United States harness the power of business intelligence, primarily (but not exclusively) using SAP BusinessObjects products. I prefer piano keyboards instead of computer keyboards when not blogging or tweeting about business intelligence.