Remember the bit of news we shared a while back about Microsoft’s filing a trademark for “Ribbon Hero?” Well now the game/add-on/learning tool is available for download! It’s a manifestation of Mr. Schell’s vision of the future, but at least this time the game is for a product that a customer has a already bought and is primarily a learning tool, and an optional one at that, not a nagging advertisement.
The game is pretty much what you’d expect. It’s an optional download that works in Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Once it’s installed it sits on your ribbon – where else? – and, just like when you’re playing games on the Xbox 360 or PS3, certain actions you take while using any of the aforementioned programs will automatically earn you points. But you can also click the Ribbon Hero button to engage in challenges, i.e. learning activities, complete with hints. You can integrate the add-on with your Facebook account to compete or compare scores with your friends.
You can download Ribbon Hero for free at the Microsoft Office Labs website. Currently, it’s only available for Windows users (XP and above) with Office 2007 and above. Microsoft should release a similar program to teach users about keeping their computers malware-free.