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Microsoft publicises free eBook collection

Microsoft publicises free eBook collection

While not all the titles in the collection are worth downloading, there are some real gems to be found in Eric Ligman's links.

Microsoft has announced a gift for any Windows types wanting to do a little self-improvement: the release of the company's biggest ever collection of electronic books, all of which are available to download completely free of charge.

Although the individual books in the collection have been available previously for those who knew where to look, Microsoft's Eric Ligman has posted a collection to MSDN which makes locating and downloading your topics of choice significantly easier. Impressively, the collection includes more than 300 titles - and every single one is available cost-free.

Ligman has chosen titles covering a range of Microsoft product-related topics, including a 139-page technical overview of Windows 8.1, guides to using the Dynamics customer relationship management (CRM) software, details on using PowerShell, and impressively detailed documents on the company's Azure cloud platform. Granted, other 'books' aren't quite so impressive: some are small quick-reference documents offering a list of keyboard shortcuts, while others are little more than sales sheets espousing the benefits of switching to Office 365 or Lync complete with friendly sans-serif fonts and big, simple graphics.

Still, with full copies of titles including Programming Windows 8 Apps, Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office 2010 Users, Developing Modern Mobile Web Apps, and Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals, there are gems to be found among the drek - and it's hard to argue with an asking price of 'free.'

The complete list of publications, with download links, can be found on MSDN.

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Fizzban 8th July 2014, 12:48 Quote
Oh sweet!
GuilleAcoustic 8th July 2014, 12:57 Quote
Link forwarded to my development team collegues :D. Thanks for the news Gareth!
Pookie 8th July 2014, 14:05 Quote
Awesome. Some really useful stuff :-)
GaryP 20th August 2014, 01:54 Quote
Thanks for this Gareth. I'm a bit late to the party I know but some really useful stuff for me there.
Gareth Halfacree 20th August 2014, 09:13 Quote
Glad you all found it useful! I was in two minds about this one: on the one hand, it's a bit outside this site's enthusiast and gaming focus; on the other hand, I know plenty of readers who do corporate IT for a living so I figured it'd be handy information.
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