Microsoft Press release FREE Step by Step videos by gHacks Editor

A few months ago now I was commissioned by my publisher to make a series of video tutorial versions of some of their Step-by-Step books.  I made four, Windows 7, Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and HTML5.  Now they’ve taken the fantastic step of making some of these videos available for FREE online.

It’s not just videos I’ve made too, as Excel 2010 Step by Step has also been released for free.  In all there’s around 15 hours of video available.  This is made up up of 5.5 hours of Windows 7 tutorials split into 12 lessons, 4.5 hours of Word 2010 tutorials in 16 lessons and 4.5 hours of Excel 2010 tutorials in 15 lessons.

I have to say that personally I’m incredibly proud of these videos and I’m utterly delighted that they’ve been made available free to everybody who wants to get more out of these products.

In their press release the company said…

We’re pretty excited to unveil nearly fifteen hours of free video instruction, based on three of our most popular recent Microsoft Press Step by Step title releases. The videos are based on, but not exact copies of, each book; there’s material in the videos that you won’t find in the books, and vice versa.

Why free? We’d like to know what you think of these and if you find them helpful. We all learn in different ways, and if there’s enough demand for video editions or companions to existing Microsoft Press books, we’ll certainly consider making the commitment to produce more. We’re even open to the possibility of creating learning resources exclusively in video.

There are more videos waiting to be released for free, and I can see my HTML5 Step by Step tutorials being popular in the long term.  Microsoft Press is wanting your feedback on these videos though so please leave comments for them and tell them that you want more and what you’d like to see in the future.  You can watch the videos online, sadly they’re not available for download, on these links.

Mike Halsey: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Step by Step
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE70E63A6B2DFD196
12 video lessons, totaling 5 hours, avg 30 minutes each
Book authors: Joan Lambert and Joyce Cox

Mike Halsey: Microsoft® Word 2010 Step by Step
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEC59ED056A5F1C58
16 video lessons, totaling 4 hours 24 minutes, avg 18 minutes each
Book authors: Joan Lambert and Joyce Cox

Curt Frye: Microsoft® Excel® 2010 Step by Step
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBB8F203F33525925
15 video lessons, totaling 4 hours 35 minutes, avg 20 minutes each
Book author: Curtis D. Frye

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