Free Microsoft eBooks

With many things going digital these days, including IT manuals, comes the convenience of portability.  I must admit that I am a little bit old-school and do like a good 600+ page paper based IT manual, you just can’t beat the smell of a new book with it’s crisp pages.  That said, I am increasingly purchasing my IT reading in electronic format as being able to easily carry around multiple IT books and manuals, ready to be referenced within seconds, on my iPad outweighs my sentimentality for the good ole fashioned paper based book.

Anyway, I digress… the purpose of this post is to draw your attention to a number of electronic books from Microsoft available for download.  These aren’t generally your typical Microsoft Press deep-dive type books but are more geared towards providing you with a good high level understanding around a particular Microsoft product, eg: Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.

Below are the links (pdf format) to some of these books that you may find of use:

Introducing Windows Server 2012 - Free eBookIntroducing Windows Server 2012 – RTM Edition

Introducting Microsoft SQL Server 2012 - Free eBookIntroducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2    Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

Introducing Windows 8 - Free eBook    Introducing Windows 8 – An Overview for IT Professionals


For a full list of the books, and alternative electronic formats, available check out this blog on the MSDN site.

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