Looks like Amazon has this book from MS Press for free. This is the updated RTM version of the book. The only catch is that it’s just for the Kindle. Which is fine, you can read Kindle books on your Windows Phone, or pretty much any iDevice, Android, and Blackberry. Or if you don’t have one of those (which I doubt if you’re reading this) there is always Kindle for PC. Or a Metro version if you have an RT.
Basically, you have no excuse not to grab a free copy of this book. So get it now while it’s still free.
Microsoft has released the final version of “Introducing Windows 8 – An Overview fro IT Professionals” and you can download it for free in several formats:
Introducing Windows 8- An Overview for IT Professionals – PDF ebook
Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals – Mobi format for Kindle
Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals – ePub format
Here’s what’s covered in the book:
- Hardware Innovations
Touch; Long battery life; Thiner, lighter, faster; Sensors and security; New Form Factors
- Experiencing Windows 8
Walk-through the new UI and key improvements to Task Manager and File Explorer.
- Customizing and Configuring Windows 8
Profile customization, Tile configuration, PC Settings, Redesigned NTFS
- Networking Enhancements
BranchCache, DirectAccess, Mobile broadband, IPv6
- Deploying Windows 8
Windows 8 SKUs, Application Compatibility, User State Migration, Deployment and Imaging, Windows PE, Volume Activation Management Tool, Windows-to-Go
- Delivering Windows Apps
Windows app lifecycle, Distributing via Windows Store, Distributing with an Enterprise
- Windows 8 Recovery
File History, Refresh and Reset, Windows Recovery Environment, DaRT, Advanced Options
- Windows 8 Management
PowerShell 3.0, Group Policy Improvements, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, Windows Intune
- Windows 8 Security
Secure boot, SmartScreen, Vulnerability mitigation and sandboxing, BitLocker, Virtual smart cards, Dynamic Access Control
- Internet Explorer 10
New features, Group Policies for IE 10
- Windows 8 Virtualization
Client Hyper-V, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Application virtualization, User state virtualization
I read part of the book in pre-release, and it’s a great resource for all things related to Windows 8. Get your copy now, it’s free!