Microsoft killing off user-submitted Office templates

By Tom Warren, on 30th Aug 11 12:02 pm with 11 Comments

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:

  1. Sign in to Office.com with your Windows Live ID.
  2. In the upper-right corner of any page on the Office.com website, click Welcome
  3. In the left pane, under Profile, click Templates (or Images or Videos).
  4. Click View All to see the content you submitted.
  5. 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
  • http://profiles.google.com/fran.acm francisco castillo

    It won’t be on http://www.office.com but they are still accesible from Office’s online templates right? right? :’(

  • http://twitter.com/nn_hung Nguyen Ngoc Hung

    But I believe it will be on Windows Marketplace :) There will be a catalogue like Office add-ons :D

  • http://twitter.com/nn_hung Nguyen Ngoc Hung

    But I believe it will be on Windows Marketplace :) There will be a catalogue like Office add-ons :D

    • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

      You would be correct.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dxtsasuke-Uchiha/100000763596065 Dxtsasuke Uchiha

    This will be more Awesome if this feature will stay.

  • Guest

    Sometimes you have to wonder if anybody is actually thinking over in Redmond. Recently promote it and now kill it? With no explanation of whether it’ll be replaced in marketplace or just dropped entirely? Add-ons that make the product more valuable? Crazy

    • Anonymous

      It’s part of the new walled-garden approach of super restriction. Microsoft must copy everything Apple does, slavishly.

    • Anonymous

      Regardless of how much people think I’m a fanboy, I can’t believe MS would be THAT stupid. Killing a program that generates user interest in their online Office offering is dumb! dumb! dumb!

    • Anonymous

      It’s part of the new walled-garden approach of super restriction. Microsoft must copy everything Apple does, slavishly.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5OA5RG3QEM76NSLGOPDL4HXUPA Darrell

    This will live on.  If not on the MS site then on another site.  Hey…that gives me an idea..:-)

  • http://www.hcltouch.com Hcltouch

    I dont think its a good idea to drop these community features…If they really wanna remove these features may be they would provide a better alternative for such features…