After it released a resource designed to help customers of the latest iteration of its productivity suite get familiarized with Word, Microsoft is releasing a similar guide for Excel. Microsoft Excel 2010: Interactive menu to ribbon guide is now available for download free of charge. The guide is designed to help long time users of Office, but which have not tried any new versions of the product since Office 2003, to find their way around the latest version of the product.

With the introduction of Office 2007, Microsoft completely overhauled the graphical user interface, moving away from the traditional Menu style. In Office 2010, the Redmond company perfected the new look and feel associated with the Ribbon/Fluent GUI. However, users that did not make the jump to Office 2007, with find just as big of a gap in terms of the evolution of the UI when it comes down to Office 2010.

Fortunately enough, downloads such as the Microsoft Word 2010: Interactive menu to ribbon guide and the Microsoft Excel 2010: Interactive menu to ribbon guide, will make it as simple as possible for customers to embrace the 2010 versions of the two Office components.

“A visual, interactive reference guide to help you find commands in Excel 2010,” Microsoft revealed. “Use this interactive tutorial to find commands in Excel 2010. The guide is a simulation of the old menu version of Excel. Click a command in the guide to learn its new location in Excel 2010.”

Both guides are essentially Silverlight apps designed to run inside the browser. Users will need Silverlight 3 or Silverlight 4 in order to access the contents of the free Word 2010 and Excel 2010 Ribbon/Fluent UI guides. In addition to the free guides, customers can also download free trial versions of Office 2010 via the links below. The downloads are time-bombed, but they offer plenty of time for testing ahead of expiration.

Office Home and Business 2010 RTM Build 14.0.4760.1000 is available for download here.

Office Home and Student 2010 RTM Build 14.0.4760.1000 is available for download here.

Office Professional 2010 RTM Build 14.0.4760.1000 is available for download here.

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