Microsoft Office Tutorials

Microsoft Office Tutorials = Electric Teacher

Microsoft Office is a suite of office productivity programs that enable you to perform tasks such as word processing, spreadsheet manipulation, presentation creation and delivery, and database management. There's also a fully featured email client. Having been developed over such a long period of time, these programs are now very sophisticated and include many extravagant features not found in rival software.

The current on-premises, desktop version of Office is Office 2019, which was released on September 24, 2018. Office is available on desktop computers, on tablets and smartphones (using android and iOS operating systems) and via Office Online (the web version of the software). Although we wouldn't recommend using your smartphone to compose a document or construct a spreadsheet, the fact that you can install the Office apps on your phone means that you can view your docs just about anywhere. For example, if you are on holiday and you are emailed a Word document, you can read it even if you don't have your computer with you. If you really need to, you can edit documents too, but you'll have to suffer using your phone's keyboard to do so.

What's the difference between Office 365 and Office 2019?

Since Office 2013, Microsoft has promoted Office 365 as the primary means of obtaining Microsoft Office. Office 365 is a subscription based service, so you have to pay a monthly or yearly subscription fee to use the software. That subscription entitles you to unlimited updates, so you can be sure that you are always running the latest software.

Office 2019, on the other hand, is sold as a one-time purchase, which means you pay a single, up-front price to install the Office apps on one computer. Unlike Office 365, Office 2019 has no upgrade options which means if you plan to upgrade to the next major release, you'll have to buy it at full price. Office 2019 is what Microsoft calls the "perpetual" version of Office. Unlike Office 365, Office 2019 does not have access to the cloud-connected features.

Also available is Office Online, a free version of Office that you can use in a web browser. All you need to do is sign up for a Microsoft Account with a new or existing email address. The browser-based Office Web Apps are stripped-down versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. As they are hosted on the web, no software needs to be installed on your computer. All your documents are stored in a free storage location called Windows SkyDrive that gives you a generous 25GB worth of memory to play with. Any confusion you may have regarding the difference between Office Online and Office Web Apps is perfectly justified as Microsoft rebranded the Web Apps as Office Online in 2014. And guess what? They also rebranded SkyDrive as OneDrive!

Office Tutorials

Electric Teacher is your one stop shop for Microsoft Office Tutorials. It's over thirty years since Bill Gates introduced us to the now ubiquitous suite of office productivity programs, and they are now more popular than ever. In their lifetime they have become the staple of so many office environments around the world that you really need to learn how to get the most out of these programs.

Working Your Way Around The Office Tutorials

I will endeavour to display links to "hot" tutorials on this page, while other less popular Office tutorials will appear in the appropriate categories (also linked to from here). This just in: we've just found a new site that is publishing Word Videos. We say "new" site because at the moment there are only three video tutorials on display, but they are good quality tutorials. Hopefully there'll be more Microsoft Word video tutorials on the way!