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Request edit on 19 June 2014[edit]

Kevin1234567891111 is trolling. He has made the article invalide and it is unreadable at the moment. Please revert to the version on 18th June 2014. And investigate why he was given the right to edit to begin with.

Thanks. by Oneneo1 (talk

Poor use of semicolons[edit]

First of all, there are 30 (!) semicolons in the article. This is overuse. More simple sentences would be much clearer, punchier writing. There is a false beleif among Wikians that long sentences are more sophisticated. The way to be high quality is via research, analysis, organization, and synthesis. Not making sentences too long and not making paragraphs too long! Then also, even when separate ideas are combined into sentences, the logical relationships are not clear (which is poor writing).

"Primarily in the 1990s, critics contend Microsoft used monopolistic business practices and anti-competitive strategies including refusal to deal and tying, put unreasonable restrictions in the use of its software, and used misrepresentative marketing tactics; both the U.S. Department of Justice and European Commission found the company in violation of antitrust laws."

-what is going on with that sentence? Did the critics contend in the 90s, or did MSFT use in the 90s? If the latter, then why is the modifier dangling so far from what it modifies? IF the former, then the tense is wrong. And then you are using a semicolon to join a thought without spelling out the relation (maybe I could let that pass as you seem to think it a direct followon, but don't do that when the preceding clause is soooo convoluted itself.

BTW, the follow-on sentence, although lacking a semicolon is also a mess ("Known for its interviewing process with obscure questions, various studies and ratings were generally favorable to Microsoft's diversity within the company as well as its overall environmental impact with the exception of the electronics portion of the business.")

-you've meandered amongs about 3+ different somewhat related topics here (interviewing methods, diversity, and environmentals stuff). Why not just do 2, not 3? the environmental thing is an additional librul concern...but not really as closely related as interviewing methods and diversity (both HR concerns).

-Again, you have a dangling modifier, the interviewing process refers to Microsoft, NOT to the studies and ratings that are the subject of the sentence and next to the phrase.

Going further down, I see two sentences in a row that use semicolons. Any book on writing will say to vary the sentence structure. I would LOWER your semicolons OVERALL, but if you insist on using them, then don't have two sentences in a row with them.

And then one of those sentences in a row actually has 3 clauses in a row joined by 2 semicolons, and NOT in a list type way (where they do the work of serial commas), but just joining simple sentences. I've never seen that! 69.255.27.249 (talk)

new organisation Microsoft[edit]

Operating Systems Energineering Group Terry Myerson
Devices ans Studios Energineering Group Julie Larson-Green
Applications and Services Energineering Group Qi Lu
Cloud and Enterprise Energineering Group Satya Nadella
Dynamics Kirill Tatarinov
Advenced Strategy and Research Group Eric Rudder
Marketing Group Tami Reller
COO Kevin Turner
Business Development and Evangelism Group Tony Bates
Finance Group Amy Hood
Legal and Corporate Affairs Group Brad Smith
HR Group Lisa Brummel

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infobox photo of "largest buildings"[edit]

no other article uses that, what has the infobox with that do do anyway? Egyptian445 (talk) 15:04, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

The template itself has value for adding image, logo, etc. So, are you going to say that it is not proper? What is the purpose of "| image =" value?--AntonTalk 15:08, 13 May 2014 (UTC)
just because they exist it does not mean we should use it, and you did not answer my question what is the point of having that photo besides that that is possible? 95.199.210.43 (talk) 15:14, 13 May 2014 (UTC)
You should not undo until issue solved. The article is already crowded, and it's fine to be in infobox. --AntonTalk 15:19, 13 May 2014 (UTC)
Hi. A suitable infobox image is a must-have because:
  1. It is an FA requirement. Do I need to mention this article is undergoing an FA review right now?
  2. Many tools and apps developed for Wikipedia depend on it for correct rendering: They always render an image and if the infobox does not have one, they will render the first image in the article. In this case, File:1981BillPaul.jpg.
If other articles do not do that, then please correct the problem whenever you see it. Infobox needs to have an appropriate image.
Best regards,
Codename Lisa (talk) 23:58, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 24 May 2014[edit]

I wish you could un-protect Microsoft.

216.145.89.170 (talk) 16:09, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

Padlock-dash2.svg Not done: requests for decreases to the page protection level should be directed to the protecting admin or to Wikipedia:Requests for page protection if the protecting admin is not active or has declined the request. Mz7 (talk) 17:05, 24 May 2014 (UTC)