We have tags and .

Is there a reason for this discrepancy?

What should we do?

  • Before it falls asleep: Was the consense now to use the microsoft- prefix on all of them, and should we rename the tags accordingly?
    – Izzy Mod
    Aug 14, 2016 at 15:44

2 Answers 2


Unless you want a software that excels (as every 3rd question asks for "the best"). But as that would be a meta-tag then, you're correct it shouldn't be ambiguous.

But then think to say a word: seeing that as tag might make you think twice before recognizing it as MSWord (and not e.g. word-processing in general) – or seeing access you might be asking "what does the OP want to access?" before recognizing it as . We should also think about keeping tags in "the same style"; so if you now rename this one to excel, the next question will regard or – and then?

Most other MS tags have the leading microsoft- (see: , , ), so I'd rather say should adjust to that and be renamed to .


I suggest renaming to , because "excel" is not ambiguous.

Even though "Microsoft Excel" is the full name of the software, "Excel" is the name commonly used. A prefix should only be added if the this name is ambiguous.

  • Should this also go for exchange and onenote?
    – Tom
    Jul 29, 2016 at 13:38
  • @Tom: I guess, please leave a note for those you find, thanks :-)
    – Nicolas Raoul Mod
    Aug 1, 2016 at 2:23

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