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During the summer months, I always try to catch up on my must read list. These are books that are perfect to read at the cottage on long weekends, when I’m off on vacation, or even when I’m travelling for work.
For the work you do, it’s a little different; you’re probably not itching to bring that new SharePoint eBook with you on vacation (or maybe you are), but it is something that is extremely helpful to have with you when you’re at work. With that in mind, I’ve put together a Must Read List of a different sort; these are the Free Microsoft eBooks available for download.
Ideally these are resources you find helpful and useful, making your day-to-day just a little easier. We want to make sure we’re doing what we can to set you up for success. If there’s ever anything else we could be doing, please let us know.
Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions
Introducing Windows Server 2012
Office 365 Guides for professionals and small businesses
Office 365 – Connect and collaborate virtually anywhere, anytime
Deployment guide for Office 2013 Preview
Security and Privacy for Microsoft 2010 Users
Deployment guide for Microsoft Office 2010 – For IT Professionals
Windows 7 Power User Guide
Deploying Windows 7 Essential Guidance
Windows 7 Product Guide
Windows Azure Prescriptive Guidance
Windows Azure Services Bus Reference
Moving Applications to the Cloud, 2nd Edition
Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services Multidimensional Performance and Operations Guide
SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Analysis Services - Data Mining
Backup and Restore of SQL Server Databases
Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 User’s Guide
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Implementation Guide
Microsoft Lync Server
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Security Guide
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit Tools
*UPDATE - August 20, 2012*
If you're looking for different formats (and more free ebooks), you may want to check out the E-Book Gallery for Microsoft Technologies on the TechNet Wiki (social.technet.microsoft.com/.../11608.e-book-gallery-for-microsoft-technologies.aspx). The gallery provides books in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats.
Good day Chris
Thank you for the info posted, it is very helpful.
That's a pretty comprehensive list, thanks for consolidating it.
- I'll be sharing that with my customers
Thanks Edward, I'm glad to hear you find this post helpful.
You're welcome Rhoderick, I'm glad you'll be able to share this with your customers.
You guys are killin' me! Too much to read, too little time. : )
Thanks for the eBooks, they're very helpful
Noticed some are [at least elsewhere] in ePub and Mobi formats. Will MS Press [if you know] and/or Microsoft internally offer more in these formats? Nice to have around for those who travel "light".
Thanks a lot for good list of eBooks. I´ll share your list with my work team.
Ed - As readers become more prolific, I imagine more documents will be posted in those formats. Most readers can also read PDF documents, too - at least I know my Kobo can and I often copy PDF docs to it for airport and on-the-road reading.
Some of the ebooks have unreadable text - partial letters in whole pages and some in whole books. Please repair them. See the PDF in the Windows 7 Product Guide, for instance.
As a Tech, I'm thankful that Microsoft posted the 22 books for download. Let's maximize the marketing funds used to post them, etc., and reupload the ones that contain incomplete alpa characters and make the books unreadable or a monumental task to read - here I'm mentioning those that were uploaded with very light text. I would also like to express my appreciation for the effort and foresight as far as product marketing an sales are concerned.
Thanks for the feedback. I'm sorry about posting those books with incomplete or missing characters. For the Windows 7 Product Guide, do you know if it was the pdf or xps document that had the issues?
Please feel free to share any others you came across as well and I'll look into these to try and get them corrected.