Thursday, August 12, 2010

LabSim A+ and Windows 7 Training—Now In Your Browser


Today TestOut announced the launch of a new version of LabSim—accessed through your browser! Three courses, including LabSim A+ Essentials, A+ Practical Application, and Configuring Windows 7, are available in any major browser, on both PCs and Macs. All other LabSim courses are still accessible through the Windows-version of LabSim installed on your PC.

Over the past several months, browser-based LabSim has been in beta version, and many technology instructors and students helped test and improve the product by utilizing it in their classes. Feedback from instructors shows the overall excitement for LabSim training through a browser:
  • Hermine Turner, senior technical trainer at Focus: HOPE Information Technologies Center, wrote to us, “I am very pleased with the browser-based delivery of the A+ LabSim. Delivery of the product is much faster. . . Students will now have access at local public libraries because the client will not need to be installed."
  • Nick Newell, instructor at Northeast Mississippi Community College, told me, “I tested the browser-based LabSim all summer and will use it to teach my IT Foundations class this semester. I am really pleased with what I’ve seen!”
  • William Schlick, professor at Schoolcraft College, said, “It is faster altogether, and I’ve seen a marked difference. TestOut is definitely on the right track with this!”

If you have purchased any of the three LabSim courses now available in a browser, you can now access them both through the Windows-version of LabSim—the client installed on your PC—and through a browser on any PC or Mac with an Internet connection. Try it out! And no matter which version of LabSim you use, your results will always be up to date in LabSim reports.

Find more information about browser-based LabSim at www.labsimonline.com, or, if you already have a LabSim account, refer to these instructions for launching LabSim A+ or Windows 7 courses in your browser right now:

How to Access LabSim A+ or Windows 7 through Your Browser

To access LabSim A+ or Windows 7 in your browser with the highest quality, please note the following requirements:

System Requirements
  • Windows 7, Vista, or XP
  • Macintosh OS X or higher with Intel processor

Supported Browsers
  • Internet Explorer 7 or 8
  • Mozilla Firefox 3
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari 4

1. Go to http://labsim.testout.com

2. Enter your current LabSim login and password to begin.

3. Follow instructions for adding Microsoft Silverlight, a free browser plug-in with a quick installation:
  • Select the link for either Windows Silverlight or Mac Silverlight. The download will begin automatically.
  • Open the file, and click “Run.”
  • Click “Install now.”
  • Close the browser and then open it again for the installation to take effect.
And as always, get in touch with us and let us know how it goes!

Emily Howard, TestOut

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