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Microsoft Office[edit]

Should there be a task force or wikiproject created for Microsoft Office? It seems just as important to Microsoft as windows.Smallman12q (talk) 13:21, 13 September 2009 (UTC)

I don't think so. Microsoft Office only works with Windows, so I think MS Office should be under the same project as MS Windows. Derek II 10:45, 27 May 2010 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Derekthesecond (talkcontribs)

Actually, there are versions of Office for Mac OS X and Windows Phone. JoeWang4 (talk) 01:46, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

Microsoft Product Screenshots may not require Fair-use[edit]

Screenshots of Microsoft products may be licensed under something other than a non-free fair use rationale. See the current discussion. Smallman12q (talk) 23:08, 13 September 2009 (UTC)

Microsoft Binder[edit]

Hello, I was wondering if anyone could help me. I understand that Microsoft discontinued Binder in XP, but if you had a binder 2000 document (.obd) file on an XP computer, would the Icon be like an XP style one, the same as the Win 2000 one or one of those 'placeholder' white icons? I await your response eagerly. 95jb14 (talk) 19:16, 2 December 2009 (UTC).

Dunabr high school[edit]

should Dunbar High School (Fort Myers, Florida) be part of the wikiproject? it's the first microsft certified high school in the country? --~munkee_madness talk 15:23, 17 December 2009 (UTC)

Articles up for deletion[edit]

Windows Neptune (here) and Windows Odyssey (here) have been nominated for deletion. Comments welcome. wjematherbigissue 19:46, 5 January 2010 (UTC)

WP 1.0 bot announcement[edit]

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The image file:Aero.svg is used as the logo of Windows Aero. I can't find any place where that logo is used by Microsoft. Also the image seems to be a user made released under GNU GPL so that doesn't add up for a Microsoft Logo as a Microsoft logo would be copyrighted. Is that an actual logo and should it be in the article? --Chris Ssk talk 09:31, 31 January 2010 (UTC)

AfD nomination of VGASAVE[edit]

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This is to notify members of this WikiProject, within which scope this article falls, that VGASAVE, has been listed for deletion. Editors interested in the deletion discussion, are invited to participate by adding your comments at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/VGASAVE (2nd nomination). Thank you. - Ahunt (talk) 11:36, 15 July 2010 (UTC)

Microsoft Windows articles have been selected for the Wikipedia 0.8 release[edit]

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Computing importance no longer defaults to Microsoft Windows importance[edit]

Articles tagged using {{WikiProject Microsoft Windows}} will retain their Windows importance, but will no longer get assigned a general computing importance unless one is provided explicitly using computing-importance=.

When assessing articles for the Windows project, please consider the computing importance and tag accordingly. For articles which also have a {{WikiProject Computing}} banner, its importance= must match the Windows computing-importance=.

This will help WP Computing in three ways:

  1. Improve the accuracy of importance assessments for general computing
  2. Avoid unexpected changes to the Computing importance that result from changing e.g. the Software or Windows importance
  3. Bring attention to the parameter for general computing importance, reducing the likelihood of articles accidently being listed in multiple Computing importance categories. (This causes false entries in the Computing reassessment log – see discussion at WP:COMP/A – and likely other problems as well.) --Pnm (talk) 04:06, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

This project's scope[edit]

I just added a few articles to WP Microsoft Windows because they are either:

  • Tangentially related to the Windows operating system
  • Related to encyclopedic coverage of the Windows platform

Here's the list:

  1. Adobe Photoshop - application software which has a Windows version
  2. SetACL - utility software for Windows, exists to replace the built-in Windows command
  3. Microsoft Office - at times a Windows killer app
  4. Advanced Systems Format - Microsoft's digital video container used for WMA and WMV

I support a "big tent" interpretation of this project's scope because it exposes Windows-oriented editors who follow this project to all articles related to encyclopedic coverage of Windows. Computing coverage benefits, as does the encyclopedia as a whole. --Pnm (talk) 02:20, 28 December 2010 (UTC)

WikiProject Microsoft is up for deletion[edit]

I have nominated WikiProject Microsoft for deletion at WP:MFD. Please comment here for any concerns. Thank you for your time. JJ98 (Talk) 01:29, 11 June 2011 (UTC)

Nominated for deletion: Comparison of Windows and Linux[edit]

This may of interest to some members here; I have proposed this article for deletion due to serious WP:SYNTH and WP:OR reasons. If you wish please comment on the deletion discussions. cheers. IRWolfie- (talk) 16:17, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

Windows Server 2012 maximum socket information missing[edit]

See Talk:Windows Server 2012#Maximum physical processors. Would like some eyes on this.--Jasper Deng (talk) 21:46, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

Review of FA status for Microsoft Security Essentials[edit]

I have challenged the decision to award this article FA status over what I allege is a lack of balance and neutrality in the article. Fresh opinions and input are encouraged here. Quantumsilverfish (talk) 01:39, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

Windows 3.1[edit]

Is Windows 3.1 a bona fide operating system or is it a Graphical user interface or Operating system shell? It seems to me that MS-DOS was the actual operating system. DOS was required to run the computer, the job of the operating system. You could run DOS without Windows 3.1 but you could not run Windows 3.1 without DOS. You could exit out of Windows and get back to DOS. You could not exit out of DOS. You could start Windows 3.1 from the DOS operating system by typing "win" to run the program win.exe. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 01:04, 24 November 2012 (UTC)

Request for comments: Establish standards for version history tables in software articles[edit]

I'd like to introduce the Template:Version template to Wikipedia with the goal to establish one standard for version history tables (or lists). It simplifies creation of release histories, standardizes release stages and makes the content more accessible. Please comment on the template talk page (there already is some discussion). Thanks for your contribution. Jesus Presley (talk) 07:07, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

Pre-GAN review requested for Windows Server 2012[edit]

I would like some opinions about this article before I submit it for a GA review.--Jasper Deng (talk) 06:13, 22 January 2013 (UTC)


There is a dispute at Commons:Administrators'_noticeboard#Problematic_closure_of_deletion_request_after_one_day over the image File:Windows_logo_and_watermark_-_1985.svg. This image was used in a Windows blog in 2012 but the earliest use of it I can find is in 2010 and not by Microsoft. If someone can find a use before 2010 somewhere and preferably in 1985 then the matter can drop otherwise there is a problem about people arguing as I see it that policies trump common sense. Dmcq (talk) 13:23, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

WikiProject Apps Proposal[edit]

A proposal for a WikiProject Apps has been made at Wikipedia:WikiProject Council/Proposals/Apps. As WikiProject Microsoft Windows is a related WikiProject, members of this WikiProject are invited to join the discussion. Thank you. XapApp (talk) 02:31, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

Format dialog box in Windows.png[edit]

inage:Format dialog box in Windows.png has been nominated for deletion -- (talk) 07:02, 14 June 2013 (UTC)

Notability and Sources[edit]

I've noticed several Windows articles that in theory are candidates for deletion because they make no claim to notability (e.g. Private Character Editor and Netsh) and/or rely entirely on Microsoft sources (e.g. Windows 7 File Recovery‎, Microsoft Message Queuing and SQL Azure‎). I appreciate that per WP:PRIMARY it is OK to use primary sources "to make straightforward, descriptive statements of facts that can be verified by any educated person with access to the source", but surely each article should have at least one heavyweight third party source—if only to address the question why should wikipedia have an article on this subject? I'll try to improve the SQL Azure article over the next few days, but I'm wondering, has there already been a policy discussion, or perhaps a consensus formed across earlier AfDs, that excuses Microsoft technology articles from meeting the usual WP:N and WP:RS requirements? - Pointillist (talk) 08:47, 3 July 2013 (UTC)

Conflicting/confusing information?[edit]

I hope this is the right place for this.

So on this page:

It says "The bootstrap loader takes the control over the booting process and loads NTLDR"

But according to Microsoft Technet (

"NTLDR is the bootstrap loader"

The wiki article makes it seem like the Bootstrap loader and NTLDR are two very different things. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:17, 21 September 2013 (UTC)

Windows Xbox store files for deletion[edit]

image:XboxMusicLogo.png and image:XboxVideoLogo.png has been nominated for deletion -- (talk) 03:53, 26 September 2013 (UTC)

Service packs for Windows 8.0 and Windows 8.1[edit]

You are invited to join the discussion at Talk:Windows 8.1#Service packs for Windows 8.0 and Windows 8.1. Codename Lisa (talk) 22:03, 30 November 2013 (UTC)

Nomination of Windows 5.0 (disambiguation) for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Windows 5.0 (disambiguation) is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Windows 5.0 (disambiguation) until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. Codename Lisa (talk) 19:49, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

XP End of Life and Linux[edit]

There is currently a dispute on the Windows XP page about whether to include migration to Linux as an option for dealing with the end of support for Windows XP. In an effort to gain input from interested editors I am posting this notice on both Wikipedia:WikiProject_Microsoft_Windows and Wikipedia:WikiProject_Linux.

If anyone would like to comment, the discussion can be seen at these locations: Talk:Windows_XP#End_of_life and Talk:Windows_XP#RfC_on_End_of_Life_of_Windows_XP_support. Many thanks.Upedge (talk) 23:40, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Discussion at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Microsoft Cortana Easter Eggs[edit]

You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Microsoft Cortana Easter Eggs. Codename Lisa (talk) 23:51, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

Discussion at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2014 May 19#Category:Discontinued versions of Microsoft Windows[edit]

You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2014 May 19#Category:Discontinued versions of Microsoft Windows. Thanks. Codename Lisa (talk) 07:46, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Deletion notification[edit]

Windows XP visual styles has been nominated for deletion. The discussion is here. --AussieLegend () 16:03, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposal[edit]

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WikiProject X is live![edit]

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Attention needed for proposed merger of Interix into Windows Services for UNIX[edit]

It was proposed back in 2010 that the Interix article be merged into Windows Services for UNIX. Discussion ended mid-2011 with a consensus for no merge, but was never closed, leading a different editor (uninvolved in the original discussion) to reopen discussion. I'd like some more uninvolved editors to take a look at the articles and participate in the merger discussion so we can establish whether or not consensus has changed in the past three and a half years. // coldacid (talk|contrib) 17:12, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

Mail (Microsoft app)[edit]

Hi everybody at the Microsoft WikiProject! I am creating a draft of Mail (Microsoft app), the Mail client for Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. I have not gone so far in progress, but I encourage you to check it out and tell me what you think, and what improvements I could make. Thanks! CookieMonster755 (talk) 01:53, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

Talk:Windows thumbnail cache[edit]

Hi. There is a small dispute in Talk:Windows thumbnail cache § EXIF thumbnails that I was hoping someone could help with. Hopefully, it is not serious. Best regards, Codename Lisa (talk) 16:21, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

Age of Conan: Unchained listed at Requested moves[edit]


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Paint (software) listed at Requested moves[edit]


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File shortcut listed at Requested moves[edit]


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Office mobile apps listed at Requested moves[edit]


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dispute over Windows Me capitalisation (ME vs Me)[edit]

please help solve the dispute about Windows Me capitalisation. Maria Kappatou (talk) 05:38, 16 December 2016 (UTC)

Windows Me or Windows ME?[edit]

Microsoft uses the Windows Me spelling. This is the most common spelling and PC World also uses it. Googling "windows me" on any search engine reveals that Windows Me is more common than Windows ME. Should the Wikipedia Windows ME article be moved to Windows Millennium Edition? Should the article use the Windows Me spelling? Maria Kappatou (talk) 05:28, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

Good article review of Windows Ultimate Extras[edit]

Hi, I am currently in the process of reviewing the article - Windows Ultimate Extras for the Good Article status. The review discussion is taking place at Talk:Windows Ultimate Extras/GA1. Interested members may join the discussion and improve the article as per the concerns raised there. Thank you! Yashovardhan (talk) 05:56, 13 April 2017 (UTC)

Popular pages report[edit]

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