22 Free Microsoft eBooks to Add to Your Must Read List

During the summer months, I always try to catch up on my must read list.  These are books that are perfect to read at the cottage on long weekends, when I’m off on vacation, or even when I’m travelling for work. 

For the work you do, it’s a little different; you’re probably not itching to bring that new SharePoint eBook with you on vacation (or maybe you are), but it is something that is extremely helpful to have with you when you’re at work.  With that in mind, I’ve put together a Must Read List of a different sort; these are the Free Microsoft eBooks available for download.

Ideally these are resources you find helpful and useful, making your day-to-day just a little easier.  We want to make sure we’re doing what we can to set you up for success.  If there’s ever anything else we could be doing, please let us know.


Windows Server

Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions

Introducing Windows Server 2012

Office 365

Office 365 Guides for professionals and small businesses

Office 365 – Connect and collaborate virtually anywhere, anytime


Microsoft Office

Deployment guide for Office 2013 Preview

Security and Privacy for Microsoft 2010 Users

Deployment guide for Microsoft Office 2010 – For IT Professionals


Windows 7

Windows 7 Power User Guide

Deploying Windows 7 Essential Guidance

Windows 7 Product Guide


Windows Azure

Windows Azure Prescriptive Guidance

Windows Azure Services Bus Reference

Moving Applications to the Cloud, 2nd Edition


SQL Server

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services Multidimensional Performance and Operations Guide

SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Analysis Services - Data Mining

Backup and Restore of SQL Server Databases


Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 User’s Guide

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Implementation Guide


Microsoft Lync Server

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Security Guide

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit Tools


Happy Reading!



*UPDATE - August 20, 2012*

If you're looking for different formats (and more free ebooks), you may want to check out the E-Book Gallery for Microsoft Technologies on the TechNet Wiki (social.technet.microsoft.com/.../11608.e-book-gallery-for-microsoft-technologies.aspx).  The gallery provides books in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats.

Comments (12)

  1. DareDevil57 says:

    Good day Chris

    Thank you for the info posted, it is very helpful.

    Kind Regards


  2. That's a pretty comprehensive list, thanks for consolidating it.

    – I'll be sharing that with my customers



  3. Thanks Edward, I'm glad to hear you find this post helpful.


  4. You're welcome Rhoderick, I'm glad you'll be able to share this with your customers.


  5. Mitch says:

    You guys are killin' me!  Too much to read, too little time. : )

  6. dbh says:

    Thanks for the eBooks, they're very helpful

  7. Ed says:

    Noticed some are [at least elsewhere] in ePub and Mobi formats. Will MS Press [if you know] and/or Microsoft internally offer more in these formats? Nice to have around for those who travel "light".

  8. Late the Investigator says:

    Thanks a lot for good list of eBooks. I´ll share your list with my work team.



  9. Ruth Morton says:

    Ed – As readers become more prolific, I imagine more documents will be posted in those formats. Most readers can also read PDF documents, too – at least I know my Kobo can and I often copy PDF docs to it for airport and on-the-road reading.

  10. Richard Jackson says:


    Some of the ebooks have unreadable text – partial letters in whole pages and some in whole books. Please repair them.  See the PDF in the Windows 7 Product Guide, for instance.

  11. Richard Jackson - Appreciation says:

    Constructive feedback:

    As a Tech, I'm thankful that Microsoft posted the 22 books for download. Let's maximize the marketing funds used to post them, etc., and reupload the ones that contain incomplete alpa characters and make the books unreadable or a monumental task to read – here I'm mentioning those that were uploaded with very light text. I would also like to express my appreciation for the effort and foresight as far as product marketing an sales are concerned.

  12. Hi Richard,

    Thanks for the feedback.  I'm sorry about posting those books with incomplete or missing characters.  For the Windows 7 Product Guide, do you know if it was the pdf or xps document that had the issues?

    Please feel free to share any others you came across as well and I'll look into these to try and get them corrected.



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