Browsing Posts tagged FREE Microsoft eBooks

Sarah here. Ever find yourself wanting to learn new technology but not sure where to start?  Not familiar with Azure but wondering what it has to offer to IT professionals?  Working with System Center and need to learn more?  Want to know what’s coming up in SQL Server 2014?  Have no fear – the Microsoft Virtual Academy is here!

FREE eBooks

There are many Microsoft eBooks that are available for FREE!  Some of the titles available include:

  • Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Microsoft System Center: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks
  • Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals
  • Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model
  • Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals

These are just some of the titles available.  These eBooks are available in various formats – including PDF, EPUB, and Mobi for Kindle.  Did we mention that they’re FREE? You can find these books at:

Online Courses

Regardless of whether you’re at home, in the office, in a hotel on the road, in a coffee shop, or anywhere else with Internet access, you can brush up your skills by taking online courses through the Microsoft Virtual Academy.  So many courses to choose from!  Some topics that are covered include:

  • Security Fundamentals
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
  • Datacenter for a Private Cloud: Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Office 365 Fundamentals
  • SharePoint Online Overview for IT Pros
  • You can find all of these courses over at the Microsoft Virtual Academy.

Live Events

If you happen to be able to get away from work to sharpen your skills, there are also Live Events offered by the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Don’t be fooled by the name – these aren’t in-person events.  The MicrosoftVirtual Academy is keeping it virtual, but these online sessions are at a scheduled time, with live presenters.  They also have recorded sessions from past events.  Interesting topics include:

  • DevOps: An IT Pro Guide
  • What’s New in Windows 8.1 Update
  • Moving to Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure
  • Core Solutions of Exchange Server 2013 Jump Start

You can find these and more at:


Microsoft has provided a resource for techies to get up to speed on their various technologies – take advantage of this resource to help stay up on where technology is and where it is going!  Check out the Microsoft Virtual Academy at:

Windows Server 2012 eBookBob here.  Ok, we’ve posted a few notices here and there about Microsoft making some eBooks available at no charge.

And when the “Dog Days of August” come around, we realize it’s the one month that doesn’t have any major holidays associated with it.  Ok, besides August 8th’s “National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day,” of course.

So Microsoft has decided to make available (for those of us not enamored by Zucchini nor neighbors who are themselves enamored by it) a ton of eBooks.  For free.

And we’re talking the full IT Gamut here.  SQL 2012, Office 365, Windows Server 2012, SharePoint, and more.

There are books for both experienced and entry-level folks.  Microsoft has been extremely generous making these eBooks available in the past.  This time they’ve really outdone themselves.

Microsofts IT book for TeensMy personal favorite title:  “Own Your Space–Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online Digital Book for Teens.”  Just the kind of grabby title kids will not be able to resist.  Makes you wonder if Microsoft had created the title for the first Harry Potter Book(Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” and titled it:  “Harry Potter, which is a fictional character who has some forms of magical abilities (which are also fictional), looks for a piece of rock (fictional) with a Liberal Arts background:  V3.1”

So, the choice is Zucchini or Microsoft eBooks?

Here’s your first clue:  I’m ordering a meat lovers pizza.

Want the books?  Click here.  Or here for additional choices!