Microsoft is doing it again; the company is giving away (for free) an entire collection of ebooks covering major Microsoft products such as Windows, Windows Server, Microsoft Office, Exchange Server, and a lot more.
All that it takes is to visit the official giveaway page hosted on Eric Ligman's blog on MSDN, and start downloading any ebooks that you are interested in. (Eric Ligman is Mcirosoft's Directory of Sales Excellence).
Downloads are not limited, and anyone may download one, some or even all of the books listed on the website.
Most ebooks are offed in multiple formats. The most common format is PDF, but you will find ebooks offered as DOC, MOBI or EPUB versions as well.
Microsoft free ebook giveaway
Here are the different categories that ebooks are available in, and some example books that you may download.
- Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals
- Microsoft Azure Essentials Azure Machine Learning
- Microsoft Azure Essentials Fundamentals of Azure
- BizTalk Server 2016 Licensing Datasheet
- Enterprise Cloud Strategy
- Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure: Best practices for DevOps, data storage, high availability, and more
- Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms: Cross-platform C# programming for iOS, Android, and Windows
- Introducing Microsoft Social Engagement
- Create Your First CRM Marketing Campaign
- Data Resiliency in Microsoft Office 365
- Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Outlook 2013 and 2016
- Microsoft Excel 2016 Quick Start Guide
- Power BI
- Introducing Microsoft Power BI
- Windows PowerShell 3.0 Language Quick Reference
- Windows PowerShell 3.0 Examples
- Windows PowerShell 4.0 Language Reference Examples
- Simplify Group Policy administration with Windows PowerShell
- WMI in Windows PowerShell 4.0
- SharePoint Server 2016 Quick Start Guide
- RAP as a Service for SharePoint Server
- Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 Architectural Models
- SQL Server
- Data Science with Microsoft SQL Server 2016
- Backup and Restore of SQL Server Databases
- Microsoft SQL Server 2016 New Innovations
- System Center
- Guide to Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services (Native Mode)
- Windows Client
- Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals
- Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials Top 10 Tools
- Windows Server
- Introducing Windows Server 2016
Most ebooks are designed for system administrators and developers. This should not come as a surprise, as the ebook collection is made available on the Microsoft Developer Network site.
There is no option to download all ebooks at once, but you may use third-party download managers to speed up the downloading.
Some of the ebooks have been made available last year as well, so that you will notice that some cover older versions of Microsoft products and not the latest release versions.
No word on whether the listing will be pulled in the future, or if remains available online.
Now You: What's your take on the giveaway?