Many users could have been using Microsoft Office suite for ages but still have only very surface skills in using the software applications such as Word, PowerPoint, etc. To improve and boost users’ skills and knowledge in Microsoft Office, the Redmond Company has introduced a pretty interesting training game, namely Ribbon Hero, as an add-in for Word, Excel and PowerPoint version 2007 and 2010. Users who have limited knowledge in these products but want to boost their skills and do more things with their MS Office products can add this game to their office suite. They can learn some skills while having fun through the game.

Ribbon Hero currently works with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel (both 32/64 Bit) and it is only limited to Version 2007 and 2010 only. Once it is installed, there is a tiny green Ribbon Hero icon added in the Ribbon. When users start using the features in their Word, Excel or PowerPoint, they will start gaining points. Each feature and command available in the software has certain scores. Users can read the white digit score as indicated on the green Ribbon Hero icon sitting on the Ribbon. Users can click on to the green Ribbon Hero icon if they want to start the challenge and play the Office game. The game is designed to expose users to new features while playing.

Ribbon Hero can be connected to Facebook. Users who have Facebook account can connect Ribbon Hero to their Facebook account. They can choose to post their scores on Facebook and compare their scores with others. Users will be prompted with a message to ask them if they want to publish their results on Facebook for every 100 points they earn. Ribbon Hero may start off as a prototype but end up as an important training tool for Microsoft Office 2010 and other applications. It draws from effective ideas on what motivates learning as well as exploits current social and interactive networking trends.

Download Ribbon Hero via the link here.