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Where is Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications 4th Edition?

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Posted Dec 29 2009 02:56 PM

Hi, I am an editor working on college textbooks for Microsoft 2010 applications. The most current style manual I have is the 3rd edition of Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications--with a 2004 copyright. Is a 4th edition in print or coming soon? If so, when?
Thanks a lot.

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Posted Jan 14 2010 11:07 AM

Steve Weiss, our Associate Publisher for Microsoft Press, answers:

We’ve contacted our editorial counterparts at Microsoft (Microsoft Press now comprises two editorial teams working with each other, one within Microsoft, and one within O’Reilly); there is an updated edition in development, although it’s too early to confirm a publication date.
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Posted Dec 14 2010 09:57 AM

Is there any update on the release of the 4th edition?
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Posted Apr 15 2011 06:38 AM


I am a Technical Writer. I need to decide today whether to by the third edition of MSTP or wait until we get the 4th version available. it makes sense to wait if it will be available in the next couple of weeks. Please let me know.

Thank you.
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Posted Apr 18 2011 05:50 PM

Hi DShree,
Given the description of your circumstances, I'd recommend grabbing a copy of the 3E for now; it may be later this summer before we will have a completed edition of the next edition. Sorry for the seeming slow going, but we believe the wait will be more than worth it for the technical documentation community.

--Steve Weiss
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Posted Jul 29 2011 12:22 PM

New month, new tech writer, same question... is there a status update on the 4th edition? Like many others, I have to decide in the next couple of days whether to purchase the 3rd edition or wait for the 4th...


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Posted Jul 30 2011 08:17 AM

At Microsoft Answers, PhxWorder posted information that led me to Amazon, where they are taking preorders:

MSTP 4 preorders at Amazon

More info at:
Microsoft Answers
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Posted Aug 24 2011 08:23 AM

Gang, we are almost done! http://oreilly.com/c...g/0790145305770
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Posted Sep 26 2011 01:34 PM

Hi, I looked at the pre-order on Amazon and I looked at the oreilly site. I didn't see PDFs mentioned either place. Is the fourth edition going to be available only in print? Or will you be providing electronic (PDF hopefully) copies?
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Posted Jan 27 2012 02:07 PM

The Microsoft Manual of Style, 4th Edition, is now available in print and PDF at http://shop.oreilly....790145305770.do