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In addition to the free Office 2010 training game – Ribbon Hero 2 discussed here…
Another great way to help users get up to speed with Office 2010 features is the new getting started screensaver..
Well designed animations guide the user through the steps needed to complete various scenarios – across the suite of Office applications
The free screensaver can be downloaded here
Check out examples taken from the screensaver:
Microsoft has recently released Ribbon Hero 2 - a great game based training solution for Office 2010/2007 – and yes, it is completely free.
The game see’s the humorous return of Clippy, the Office Assistant from Office 97– a character many people found quite annoying – and after a few years trying to help office users – Clippy was dropped in 2001.
The game starts with Clippy looking for a new job – and asking you to help him format his resume. He then accidently boards a time machine – which travels through six different ages of time, starting with the Middle Ages. Each age requires a number of challenges to be completed before unlocking the next, more challenging level.
The game can be launched from Start menu, or from the Office Ribbon. The Office Ribbon also shows you current skill level and score – a nice touch.
Upon launch – you are presented with the selection page for your current skill level.
The game includes challenges for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Some challenges relate to both Office 2007 and Office 2010, others use functionality new to Office 2010.
Each challenge will earn you points – you can earn bonus points if you don’t use hints.
This is how training should be – both fun and informative
Great for home, office, school – wherever
I highly recommend Ribbon Hero 2
Download from www.ribbonhero.com
It works with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7
There are 2 download options – for single users – download from the homepage
To install for multiple users of a PC– use the download from the FAQ page
Many people buy security software without realising there are great and importantly free alternatives.
I personally use Microsoft Security Essentials it is free for home use and for small businesses (up to 10 PCs)
It is completely free, easy to use, it updates itself and doesn’t bombard you with security messages
It gets great reviews – and consistently performs well in the industry tests – performed by IT Labs et al
Save yourself some money
Uninstall your old software first
Did you know that Microsoft has a plethora of free software that can be used in schools to aid teaching and learning?
We have a whole range of software – tools like Kodu – that introduces children to creating stunning computer games that can be played with an Xbox 360 controller. Tools for photo and video editing, tools that turn photos into 3D models, tools for maths and chemistry etc etc etc
We have organised a couple of demonstration days at Microsoft in Reading – aimed at Teachers – where all these tools will be demonstrated – the day promises to be a lot of fun
We ran a similar day last year – which went down a storm – teachers went away enthused which was perfect
This year we are running two days – one for Primary, and one for Secondary Education
Secondary Schools Event – 13th June – Microsoft HQ, Reading – Register Here
Primary Schools Event – 23rd June – Microsoft HQ, Reading – Register Here
The days are completely free – lunch and refreshments will be provided – as will plenty of goodies
Hope to see you there………