This question has been superseded by Can we please standardize the Microsoft tags?.

At the time of writing this, there are 722 questions tagged as & 161 questions tagged as

I propose that the tag be renamed to and to considering the questions on Microsoft Word & Microsoft Access are tagged with prefixes.

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    +1 I think this makes sense in terms of maintaining consistency. Thinking aloud: "Word" and "Access" on their own (as a tag) could be misconstruced is something else computer related, so they need the prefix. However, I think there's only one valid use of "Excel" and "Powerpoint", in computing terms, which is probably why ended up without.
    – DMA57361
    Commented Nov 3, 2010 at 8:23
  • @DMA5736 - Yup, that's right.
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Commented Nov 3, 2010 at 13:21
  • @Hello thanks for the edit; it was an (unnoticed) typo.
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Commented Nov 8, 2010 at 0:07

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This was a huge mistake. There's no reason to create those huge tags, when the small ones were understandable by everyone. The non-microsoft tags have worked fine on SO for the last few years without confusion for excel and powerpoint. Access is ms-access and word is split between msword and word (on SO). It makes no sense to just make them bigger and more cumbersome, and it's completely unnecessary.

  • Apparently there are Microsoft fanbois as well
    – random Mod
    Commented Mar 24, 2011 at 2:05
  • Over a long period of time you are the first one to mention this. Commented Mar 24, 2011 at 21:07
  • @Tom, yep, the Meta sites for anything but SO get very little traffic. Excel and VBA are my main tags, so I care a lot about them. Commented Mar 24, 2011 at 21:08
  • Yes, but it's 2 upvotes here against the 9 upvotes on the question that superseded the previous questions; in these 4 questions nobody complained about it until now... Google also reveals that people more likely type Microsoft X than MS X. Commented Mar 24, 2011 at 21:11
  • @Tom, because of the delay in time for this answer, I don't expect the upvotes. I think you'll find more people search for just Excel, which is what you'd do on SO. Commented Mar 24, 2011 at 21:40
  • But we're not SO, and while that may apply to Excel, it doesn't apply to all others... Commented Mar 24, 2011 at 21:53

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