Microsoft Office Labs released Ribbon Hero, a free add-in that works on Vista and Windows 7, and in Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Office 2007 and Office 2010 Beta. “This’s a new prototype that combines gaming and learning to help people understand how they currently use Office, then challenges their Office skills by exposing them to features they may not be aware of – features that allow them to get their work done faster. Once installed, Ribbon Hero awards points based on use of features and through challenges that people play right in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Start earning points by using basic commands (such as bold and italic), and earn more as you use more complex features or combinations of features. It even lets people challenge their friends and earn bragging rights. Ribbon Hero connects to Facebook and allows people to post scores, compare with others and more to have an Office challenge of their own,” revealed Office Labs.
In the video, Doug Thomas shows how to play this game–from the folks at Office Labs–that teaches while you score points and humble your opponents:
Download: Ribbon Hero