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Core Training for Microsoft Office Excel 2007

Platform : OS/2, Windows XP, Windows 2000
3.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • In-depth Official Microsoft training
  • Interactive, modular courses allow you to work at your own pace
  • Exercises, tests, games and animations make learning interesting
  • Written by Microsoft product experts
  • Full assessments and completion tracking so that you will always know how you are progressing
  • Follows the official Microsoft curriculum
  • Recommended training for MCAS exam 77-602
  • 6 hours of online learning
  • 12 months subscription

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  • Platform:   Windows XP / 2000, OS/2
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: 1905707738
  • Release Date: 20 Jun. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,641 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Developed by Microsoft, this interactive course will help teach you the core skills and knowledge you will need to get the most out of Microsoft Office Excel 2007. It is also recommended training for the exam 77-602: MCAS: Using Microsoft Office Excel 2007. The course is split into six one-hour lessons covering various aspects of Excel."Official Microsoft Online Learning" is ideal for the individual looking to improve their Microsoft skills. Written by Microsoft product experts, these interactive, modular courses allow you to work at your own pace and to practise using labs. With full assessments and completion tracking you will always know how you are progressing.

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Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This software is part of Microsoft e-learning courses. Idea is to provide a simple and effective way for you to learn at your own pace. This self-paced learning environment includes a variety of multimedia tools such as audio, video, simulation, animation etc and assessments.

Firstly, I must point out I use excel at work, so from my perspective it was very basic. This software is ideal for beginners or someone new to excel. I can see this type of software kept at colleges, schools etc, where it would very handy.

I gave it to my mother and she seemed to think it was good, the interface is easy and simple to use. The course material she liked. As a complete novice to excel, she became familiar with environment and how to run spreadsheets, graphs etc. She gave it a thumbs up.

personally, I would say if you know your way around excel already, then this software may not be for you. If your an absolute beginner and hate reading books, then dive in and buy it. The price is similar to a book. The online course matterial is good and with the 12 months of support you can't really go wrong.
About the exam, in all honesty I'm not sure a prospective employer would look at whether you have completed the excel exam or not.

Also the course does not cover things like complex number functions and bode plots etc. So, if you are looking for excel to help solve more mathematically complex problems, this product is not for you.
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By Victor Meldrew Mk2 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Sept. 2008
Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
If you are a novice user, or like me an advanced user who struggles to come to terms with the ribbon interface in Office 2007, this is quite a useful utility. I would suggest that there is somewhat less than 6 hours of training for those who are familiar with the basic principles of spreadsheeting, however, those who are new to spreadsheets and a little bit confused by what exactly spreadsheets and Excel 2007 in particular are capable of, I think it is pretty good.

Easy to install, with an intuitive system of recording exercises, I have found it to be extremely useful to work through the basics of spreadsheeting with my son. Ok, so kicking around a football in the garden is more fun for an 8 year old, however, the value of this to us were that the exercises were sufficiently simple (with a bit of explanation) and moreover, short enough for him to remain interested to complete each individual one - not as recommended by Microsoft in one hour sessions: we split each of the six modules up.

It is a bit pricey for what it is, but ultimately it offers the structure and natural progression to satisfy most novice to intermediate users.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This Excel 2007 training is, in fact, a Computer Based Training (CBT) course that you access via your browser. At least, that's true as long as your web browser is Internet Explorer. My default Google Chrome browser didn't work when trying to run this course.

You enrol onto the Microsoft eLearning Centre using the code printed inside the DVD case and can then follow the course using your browser or, optionally, download most of the course and run it locally on your computer without using the internet.

Unfortunately, Internet Explorer, was its own worst enemy during the setup procedure with multiple pop-up and ActiveX blocking errors that caused the course initiation process to throw a wobbly. Eventually I got it working but then again I'm a professional IT support analyst. I don't think my dad would have stood a chance getting this course up and running; then again, he probably wouldn't be taking an in-depth course that includes pivot tables, charting and advanced function that is a foundation of MCAS Exam 77-602 so a certain level of technical competency is probably assumed.

Once installed, the instructions, read in a slow American drawl, were clearly spoken but I guess we Brits just naturally speak more quickly than the Americans so I was tapping the keyboard occasionally willing the speaker to speed up. Luckily, you can skip the audio and just read the transcript instead.

I found the actual course user-interface fiddly, with too many options and buttons to click; it was all too easy to miss one and wonder where some of the course content had gone to. Downloading the video (lab or demonstration) tutorials was very slow too; on a late Wednesday evening with a fast 6Mb broadband link, I was only getting about 100kb download speed from across the pond.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
So I am very efficient when it comes to using Microsoft Excel as I have been using it sine Office 2000 so this makes it the 4th version for me.

The most annoying thing is the "Ribbon" and a the most relevant part of this training was on that as there are more features as you go thru that you didn't see the first time... I would like the training to be a little more advanced and explain some of the newer formulae in better detail but that isn't the case.

Basically everyone will take something different away with this training - very similar to Microsoft Office Enterprise Training, if you want to know excel 2007 and your a beginner / novice then I would heartily recomend you taking a look at this but if your company has Microsoft Office Enterprise ask your IT team about the free training they get for you online (most people and IT admins don't realise this is part of the companies subscription fees!).

You will be wasting your cash if you use excel alot and buy this, not a complete waste of your time but will be a waste of your pennies!
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