It’s no secret that Microsoft products dominate the landscape in the world of personal and business computers.
After all, Windows is far and away the most popular operating system on the planet for laptop and desktop computers and virtually every major company (and countless small ones as well) uses MS Office in their workplace.
Add in Outlook.com email, the Skype communications suite, the Bing search engine and their various other software and web-based offerings and it’s easy to see why Microsoft is one of the largest and most successful tech companies ever.
As you might expect, with so many Microsoft products and services being used daily by so many people, there are always hordes of folks looking for help and/or tech support for something or another from the folks in Redmond.
There are many places both online and in the real world where you can turn for help with most anything that Microsoft provides.
Luckily, some of the best resources are absolutely free and readily available to you via your web browser!
Here are just a few of my favorite places to look for help with most any Microsoft product.
1 – The first place to turn to is the Microsoft Support Center. This is where you will find step-by-step instructions for using most major Microsoft programs or services.
The pages of the Support Center contain a good mixture of both general information articles and detailed tutorials.
Note: There is no charge for using the Support Center.
2 – If you need help solving a problem or issue you’re having with a Microsoft product or service, you might try your luck in the popular Microsoft Answers support forums.
You can ask specific questions about an issue you’re having with a product and receive answers from both Microsoft support personnel and knowledgeable users who have no affiliation with the company.
Note: There is no charge for using the Support Forums.
3 – If you don’t want to deal with Microsoft you can always send me your tech question.
Of course these three venues aren’t the only places to find help with a Microsoft product. In fact, there are thousands of other support resources for Microsoft products and services available on the Internet.
For example, you’ll find tons of third party support forums and countless tech blogs that can help you solve most any Microsoft-related issue.
You’ll likely find the help you need simply by doing a little digging in your favorite search engine.
Bonus tip: This post explains why Microsoft and Apple will never call you from out of the blue and tell you that your computer is infected with a virus.
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