Microsoft gives away lots of free eBooks

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 13, 2016
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Companies, Microsoft

Microsoft is giving away hundreds of free ebooks currently covering a wide variety of topics that include Windows, Azure, Office, Windows Server, and SharePoint among others.

What's particularly interesting about the giveaway is that it features recent publications as well as older ones.

The Windows category for instance lists 14 ebooks covering Windows 10, among them "Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals", "Deploying Windows 10: Automating deployment by using System Center Configuration Manager" and "Upgrading to Windows 10: A simple hands-on guide for everyone".

Not all publications offered for free are full-blown ebooks with hundreds of pages though. Many are, but there is also a good selection of shorter publications, for instance the one-page PDF file that compares security features of Windows 7 with those of Windows 10.

Most ebooks are designed for IT professionals, administrators and business/Enterprise use. While that is the case, some are without doubt useful for home users as well.

Microsoft Ebook Giveaway

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Many ebooks are offered in several formats, with PDF, EPUB and DOCX the most common formats. You will find the occasional MOBI format thrown in but that is about it.

All ebooks are completely free which means that they don't have an expiration date associated with them.

One issue that you may run into however is that there is no "download all" button available that works. While there is a download all button displayed, it lists to a FAQ page that reveals why there is no such download option.

Free ebook selection

The following list provides you with a sample listing. All ebooks listed below are offered as downloads on the MSDN website.

  • Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals
  • Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials Top 10 Tools
  • Introducing Microsoft Power BI
  • Microsoft Azure Essentials Fundamentals of Azure
  • Microsoft Azure Essentials Azure Machine Learning
  • Microsoft Azure Essentials Azure Automation
  • Introducing Windows Azureâ„¢ for IT Professionals
  • Microsoft® Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime
  • Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview
  • SharePoint Server 2016 Reviewer’s Guide
  • SharePoint Server 2016 Quick Start Guide for Single Server Farms
  • Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2016: Mission-Critical Applications, Deeper Insights, Hyperscale Cloud, Preview 2
  • Windows Powershell 4.0 Examples Quick Guide
  • Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Second Edition

The selection includes quite a few quick reference sheets for various Microsoft products. It is unclear for how long these ebooks will be offered for download, so grab them as quickly as you can before they are pulled again.

Now You: Found an interesting ebook listed on the page? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. GDE said on July 20, 2016 at 11:35 am

    80% or more of the eBooks are about Windows 10. To bring in a oblique way the undecided people to their latest product.

  2. Neil said on July 14, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Thank you

  3. RPwheeler said on July 13, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    If they giving it for free, it looks like they are in trouble with selling it ;)

    1. Flyer said on July 14, 2016 at 12:55 am

      Maybe but I am always suspicious when MS has an offer. Maybe they want to make their image warmer to urge people for installing Win 10 what seems to be the main goal for them for unknown reason yet. But I am pretty sure sooner or later it will be obvious what is hidden behind the mass give away of their newest system.

      1. kalmly said on July 14, 2016 at 3:18 pm

        Yes. This is what MS has come to – and how paranoid they’ve made their users . . . well, some of us, anyway. When I saw the title, my first thought was: What are they up to now? and Anyone grabbing one of those, is likely to wake up one morning and find they’ve been “upgraded” to Windows10.

  4. wildw1ng said on July 13, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    ty tempest

  5. Anonymous said on July 13, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks Bro!

  6. tempest said on July 13, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    DownloadThemAll is badass. Go to the following link to get them all at once:

    1. Dave said on July 14, 2016 at 12:16 am

      Thanks. Yes it is :)

      Remember Mozilla wants to kill DTA by killing XUL/XPCOM for extensions.

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