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The Microsoft voice is how we talk to people. It's the interplay of personality, substance, tone, and style. Though our voice is constant regardless of who we're talking to or what we're saying, we adapt our tone—from serious to empathetic to lighthearted—to fit the context and the customer's state of mind.

One brand, one voice

Microsoft interacts directly with more than a billion customers worldwide. So it's crucial that our voice be distinctive yet consistent. Our unified voice sets us apart in a crowded marketplace and helps us communicate as one Microsoft to each customer, wherever we meet.

Microsoft voice A video talking about the Microsoft communication style and principles for how we communicate.

Three voice principles

Our voice hinges on crisp simplicity. Bigger ideas and fewer words. Less head, more heart.

Warm and relaxed

We're natural. Less formal, more grounded in real, everyday conversations. Occasionally, we're fun. (We know when to celebrate.)

Crisp and clear

We're to the point. We write for scanning first, reading second. We make it simple above all.

Ready to lend a hand

We show customers we're on their side. We anticipate their needs and offer great information at just the right time.


Use these style tips to help you start weaving our brand voice into everything you write.

Focus on the customer

Our voice reflects our commitment to empowering people to achieve more. Talking to customers in a way that's warm and relaxed, crisp and clear, and ready to lend a hand shows them they're important, listened to, and respected.

Talk like a person

Choose optimistic, conversational language. Use short, everyday words and contractions like it's and you're. Shun technical and business jargon and acronyms. In other words, talk like a human, not like a robot.

Get to the point fast

Start with the key takeaway. Put the most important thing in the most noticeable spot. Make choices and next steps obvious. Give people just enough information to make decisions confidently. Don't get in the way.

Be clear

Everyone appreciates clarity. Break it up. Step it out. Layer. Short sentences and fragments are easier to scan and read.

Kill off weak writing

Axe you can and there is, there are, there were. Prune every excess word. And never miss an opportunity to find a better word.

Keep it simple

Skip the period at the end of headlines, headings, subheads, and UI labels. And capitalize only the first word of a heading or phrase and any names or proper nouns.

Learn more

When you're ready to dig deeper, check out these resources.

Microsoft style guide

Search the Microsoft Writing Style Guide for help with style and terminology questions. Everyone who has a email account has access. To get access for vendors or suppliers, send their email addresses to with the subject line: Add style guide access.

Secondary resources

To learn more about the Microsoft brand and our voice, check out:

These resources are available to anyone who has a email account.