Fast Track courses are the cost-savers of our training programs. You can learn the basics of two or more Microsoft programs for the price of one.
When it’s time to do more with your Microsoft Windows or Microsoft Office programs, our Advanced Modules are what you need. These specialized short training programs are both cost and time efficient, letting you concentrate on one topic at a time.
Our Foundation courses are designed to teach you everything you need to know about the most useful tools and features in the chosen program. These courses will give you a very good understanding of the basic functions of the programs and will greatly improve your competency level.
And Does it Matter?
What version you have matters to us at WindowWalk Computer Education because each version is different enough from the one before that we have created different training materials for each one that Microsoft releases.
Most computer programs are routinely upgraded over a period of time. These upgrades are often referred to as “versions”. The versions have a name, number, or year to identify them. For example, Windows 98, Windows XP, or Windows 8. It can be difficult to follow the history through the version names. Microsoft has a great history here of its Windows versions.
The easiest way to tell which Windows version you have (although not the official way!) is to look at the Start button in the lower left corner of the screen. If you see:
A green rectangle button with the word Start displayed – you have Windows XP.
A blue circle button with the Windows logo displayed — you have Windows Vista or Windows 7. (These 2 versions are very similar.)
No button at all in the lower left corner and square “apps” instead — you have Windows 8.
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.) also has quite a few versions released. Office programs have been traditionally named with the year of their release, for example, Office 2013 or Office 2010.
Microsoft Windows is an operating system. An operating system is a software program that controls and runs everything on your computer. Windows controls your hardware (printer, mouse, keyboard, etc.), organizes your files, and runs your software programs. Think of Windows as an orchestra conductor who makes sure all the parts of your computer – your hardware and programs – work together.
What is the Microsoft Office Suite?
A “suite” is a group of separate programs that are packaged and sold together. Microsoft’s Office Suite includes the Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher programs. Microsoft Office is designed to provide most of the necessary programs required by business and home users. Visit Microsoft Online to see which Office suite edition is best for you.
Microsoft Word is the word processing program in the Office suite. Word is used in most businesses and homes to create and edit documents of all types.