Microsoft has revealed its plans to retired user submitted temples, videos and images to Office.com.
The company revealed its plans in a blog post on August 8. “Many folks have submitted templates, videos, and images to Office.com to share with others,” explains Microsoft’s Doug Thomas. “Microsoft has recently made a decision to retire these community features.” The abrupt change follows Microsoft’s recent promotion of user-based templates on Office.com. InfoWorld notes that Microsoft sponsored a 2011 calendar template content and announced a badge program recently to promote templates.
Microsoft says users who have submitted content will need to retrieve it before October 1. “After that date, the content may no longer be available,” notes Thomas. Template creators can follow the steps below to retrieve their data:
- Sign in to Office.com with your Windows Live ID.
- In the upper-right corner of any page on the Office.com website, click Welcome
- In the left pane, under Profile, click Templates (or Images or Videos).
- Click View All to see the content you submitted.
- To save your content, you’ll want to copy or download each piece of content separately by doing the following:
- Click on the title of the content
- This takes you to the download page
- Click copy or download and follow the instructions on the page