The New Microsoft Writing Style Guide

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In the early 2000s, as Windows became the primary operating system, technical writers pondered how to describe the user interface before them. For those of us who remember those days, we were lucky that Microsoft provided a solution. It was called the “Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications” (MSTP) and quickly became the technical writer’s bible. The first edition was actually released in 1995.

Chatbots, new apps, senior citizen tech labs, and other top technical news articles

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The 7 deadly sins of product development

Some insights here on the right or wrong decisions taken as part of product development. We think they all resonate with technical writers too and how product and project managers relate to tech writing.

The Ask Mercedes app

Artificial Intelligence, style guides, and other top technical news articles

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Everyone is talking about artificial intelligence (AI) these days and this includes the world of technical writing. The European Tekom organization has been working on this for some time. They even held a conference in July to promote thought and discussion. You can read up about it here.

Announcing the release of Author-it v6.4

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Tech-Tav is pleased to let you know that Author-it v6.4 is now available to all Author-it users with current maintenance plans. If your maintenance has lapsed, drop us an email and we'll get right back to you with a quote for bringing your maintenance up-to-date so that you can take advantage of all the new features in 6.4.

This latest release is available to download via the Author-it Community site.

Ye olde blogge poste

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I spent the first 25 years or so of my life in England. Besides experiencing copious amounts of precipitation, I was also exposed to shops with signs that read something like “Ye Olde Tea Shoppe”. It was quaint and reminded people of a life hundreds of years ago in an England that was medieval. Indeed, it’s true that “ye” and words with an “e” on the end, date back quite a few hundred years. For businesses looking to attract history-hunting tourists, add a “ye” and an “e” and you’re well on your way.

What does Agile mean to you?

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Scrum. What does that word conjure up for you? If you’re a sports fan, you’ll probably be able to picture muddy green field and a bunch of well-built, mud-stained blokes pushed into a huddle, kicking an oval ball about. The scrum is indeed an essential element of the game of rugby. On the other hand, if you’re deeply immersed in the world of software development, “scrum” will have a whole different meaning.

Introducing Yoni Palmer as Tech-Tav's New CEO

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Today is my first contribution to the Tech-Tav blog. Today is also my first day in the job as the CEO of Tech-Tav. It’s a great privilege for me to be joining this great company and to have the opportunity grow Tech-Tav to new heights. During my career in tech writing I’ve worked with Tech-Tav as a customer. Now, I’m on the inside and get to see the industry from a different and exciting perspective.