Microsoft has launched new and improved search on Office.com portal to show you search results in Help from other reputable web sites, alongside companies own articles and videos. The ability to see results from other web sites is available in both the 2007 and 2010 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access.
“Many people are using Office products in creative, inspiring ways. Some of these people are publishing how-to articles to their own sites, answering questions in forums, putting free Office tutorials on YouTube, and so on. We want you to be able to tap into this wealth of content, so that you have a better chance of finding the answer to your question,” Microsoft mentions.
For example, when you search for “count” in Excel, you’ll see this:
“We’ll show you our own answers first, in the top few slots. After that, you’ll start to see results from other reputable sites in the results,” said Microsoft. Those sites may include:”
- Other Microsoft sites, such as MSDN and TechNet.
- Non-Microsoft sites by community experts, such as Microsoft Most Valued Partner (MVP) sites.
- Any other site out in the ether that offers valuable advice about the program you’re using.