Below is a list of free e-books from Microsoft Press.
1. Programming Windows Phone 7 by Charles Petzold: This book is divided into three parts. The first part discusses basic concepts of Windows Phone 7 programming using example programs that target both Silverlight and the XNA framework. It is likely that many Windows Phone 7 developers will choose either one platform or the other, but I think it’s important for all developers who have at least a little knowledge of the alternative to their chosen path.
2. Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010: This e-book was written with three audiences in mind: Part I is for developers moving from Visual Studio 2003 to Visual Studio 2010, Part II is for developers moving from Visual Studio 2005 and Part III is for developers moving from Visual Studio 2008.
3. Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2: This book is for anyone who has an interest in SQL Server 2008 R2 and wants to understand its capabilities. In a book of this size, we cannot cover every feature that distinguishes SQL Server from other databases, and consequently we assume that you have some familiarity with SQL Server already.
4. Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions: It covers Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Application Virtualization 4.5, Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, and Microsoft’s private and public cloud computing platforms including Windows Azure.
5. Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft: In this book, students will find a wealth of Microsoft resources they can use to identify the technology skills they need, and gather knowledge and experience to help them take charge of their careers.
6. Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2: This book is targeted primarily at Windows server administrators who are responsible for hands-on deployment and day-to-day management of Windows-based servers for large organizations. Windows server administrators manage file and print servers, network infrastructure servers, Web servers, and IT application servers.
7. First Look Microsoft Office 2010: This book introduces you to the changes in Office 2010 and shows you how you can make the most of the new features to fit the way you work today. Chapter 1, “Welcome to Office 2010,” gives you a play-by-play introduction to new features.
8. Deploying Windows 7, Essential Guidance: Check out what the industry’s leading experts have to say in this free Microsoft Press eBook with selected chapters from the Windows 7 Resource Kit on Deployment Platforms, Planning, Testing Application Compatability, and 8 Common Issues in Windows 7 Migrations
Microsoft’s Kim Spilker says
This is a list of all of our free ebooks. We’ll have more coming up in 2011, so stay tuned.