Microsoft Office is still the preferred 'office suite' in any workplace. It doesn't matter how small the business is, you'd still need to be proficient with the MS Office suite to manage your working life.
However, with Microsoft Office features rolling out every now and then, how can you keep yourself up to date with all these?
Training yourself to use the new Microsoft Office features is not hard, but it will require some effort and patience on your part. When deciding to teach yourself Microsoft Office, you will have a choice in deciding how you want to learn it – Online or Offline?
If you decide to familiarise yourself with the nuances of the new updates and features, you can either go with a paid course that will offer you a certificate, or learn it
yourself with the free Microsoft Office courses available all over the internet.
IT University Online offers courses for MS Office. You can visit the link to find an appropriate course for you.
Lynda.com is another website that offers training for all software. They charge in US dollars around $25/£15month or $250/£150 year for basic and $37.50/£22.50 month or $375/£225 year for premium membership options.
MSN itself organises 15 minute Webinars every Tuesday . These are about some specific program every time, like MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, etc. You can click the link to find out more.
There are also some self training tutorials available on Microsoft's website which you can use to teach yourself Microsoft Office.
On LinkedIn there is a Microsoft Specialist Group where you can train yourself according to your level of competency – Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced. You can visit it here.
However, in case you are someone who likes to learn the old fashioned way by turning pages of paper, you will be able to find resources offline as well.
Official Microsoft Office Manuals are available in most bookshops as well as online stores like Amazon.
Microsoft Office for Dummies is another good book that will help you get trained in MS Office.
Now that you know your options, you can decide how you want to get trained in MS Office. If you are looking to just familiarise yourself with the basics, it's probably a good idea to go for one of the free options. However, if you need a certificate to add to your CV, you might want to go with a paid option.