Microsoft Offers Six Free New Office Video Training Courses

Posted on March 6, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android, iOS, Office, Office 365, Windows 10 with 7 Comments

Microsoft today announced that it has released six free new video training courses covering Office basics. They’re available as part of the Office Training Center.

“Like any subject—math, chemistry or video games—even when you understand more advanced concepts, you can stumble over the basics,” the Office team announced. “We looked at what customers struggled with, both novice and expert alike, and Office Basics was born. Whether you work with Excel, Word, PowerPoint or another Office app, you can learn a lot in these short videos, like how to sign in to Office, rename files, add comments or insert hyperlinks.”

The six new video series are available via the Office Training Center. They are:

Intro to Office Basics

  • Find what you need or get help and training with Tell Me.
  • Use templates to create professional documents.
  • Express complex ideas and data with SmartArt and Charts.
  • Collaborate in shared documents whether you’re working offline, online, or simultaneously with others.
  • Work seamlessly anywhere with your favorite Office apps and pick up where you left off on any device.

What is Office 365?

  • The latest Office apps, like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • The ability to install on PCs, Macs, tablets, and phones.
  • 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage.
  • Feature updates and upgrades not available anywhere else.

Word training

  • Documents and text
  • Sharing, mailing lists, and sections
  • Design, word count, and track changes

PowerPoint training

  • Presentations, text, and images
  • Design, audio, and video
  • Animation, tables, and sharing

Excel training

  • Workbooks, cells, and formulas
  • Tables, charts, and analysis
  • PivotTables, collaboration, and Mac

Outlook training

  • Emails, text, and images
  • Calendars, meetings, and to-do lists
  • Mac, iPhone, and iPad


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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Microsoft Offers Six Free New Office Video Training Courses”

  1. toukale

    Those are not training videos, they are Microsoft promotional products, WTH!

  2. Belralph

    I admit I'm bias, having used Access for years but why is it always the red headed step child of office. Nothing complicated. Just a short video showing people how to make a table so you can filter and sort instead of using Excel as a database.

    • lwetzel

      In reply to Belralph:

      That has always been the case and not just with Access.  I used to develop with dBase and taught classes on it.  Most people wanted to use a spreadsheet for a database then also.  Never understood that. 

      • dstrauss

        In reply to lwetzel:

        What's a database - you mean a WordPerfect or Excel table? Sorry for the joke guys, but half our office still feels a mail-merge is better handled in the these, or even their hobby collection list...

  3. lwetzel

    It is promoting LinkedIn Learning.  Interesting though is trying to find out what it would cost to take a course.  Apparently you will have to take the one month free and then see what they charge for the second month.

    But then again there is which is owned by LinkedIn.