April 10, 2007 09:15 ET

Computer Training Expert Warns MS Office 2007 Will Pose Challenge for Corporate HR Departments

ROXBURY, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 10, 2007 -- The new Microsoft Office 2007, recently released to the public, has a dramatic new look and many new features that could be confusing to users of earlier editions of the program, warns Jennifer Rousseau, President of, a computer software training company.

"The new tools in Office 2007 have the potential to significantly improve worker productivity. However, most employees will need specific training to understand the new versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel," said Rousseau.

Rousseau noted that the traditional, static toolbar found in the three Office programs has been replaced by a floating, three-dimensional "ribbon." Also, all Word documents will automatically be saved as .DOCx files. A special conversion program will be needed to open files created in the older Office 2003 formats. This will make file sharing with individuals outside the company more difficult.

"Office 2007 is not just a pretty new face. It can provide major benefits in terms of sharing between programs and employees, increased system security and reduced storage needs. Many employees may not readily understand the new features, they will need training and practice," she said.

Rousseau noted that many companies may wish to train their employees using virtual systems. In virtual learning, employees are trained using a live instructor who interacts directly with them via computer monitor and telephone. The live instructor can answer questions, provide feedback and explain details to students.

"Today with many employees working from home or remote offices, it is logistically impossible for large companies to gather all their employees in a single classroom. Virtual learning, done with a live instructor, is the next best thing," Rousseau said., founded in 2001 and based in Roxbury, N.J., has trained more than 3,000 workers in a variety of leading software program including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Lotus Notes. The company also provides classes via the site. All classes are limited to ten students and taught by trained instructors. Most classes are 90 minutes in length and focused on a specific topic such as "PowerPoint: Charts & Diagrams," or "Advanced Functions in Excel." Students also receive customized reference material.

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