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Almost 150 FREE Microsoft eBooks, covering Windows 7, Windows 8, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 365, Office Web Apps, Windows Server 2012, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2012, SharePoint Server 2010, SharePoint Ser...

imageFREE! Now there’s a word that everyone can get excited about, right? Well, after looking at the results of the three “Free Microsoft eBooks” posts I have shared here this fiscal year (Microsoft’s fiscal year is July 1 – June 30), it is amazing to see the excitement that has come about from them and the incredible amount of downloads that have taken place to date! Just last week, I put up the third post in the series of Free Microsoft eBooks giveaways this fiscal year and said that I wanted to give away 1,000,000 FREE downloads of the Microsoft eBooks. I’ll admit, some people thought I was crazy to put up a target as large as 1,000,000, but I had faith in my blog readers and social media followers to help spread the word and share the excitement about the offer.

Today, I am happy to share some fantastic news and some information I have been asked for that you said would be helpful for you:

1) I am happy to announce that we have reached the 1,000,000 FREE download mark for the Microsoft eBooks since my post went live last week! Thank you to all of you for helping spread the word and let others know about this offer.

2) I went back and looked at how we’re doing on the downloads of all of the eBooks from my three FREE Microsoft eBooks posts this fiscal year, and I am happy to share that we have now exceeded the 3,500,000 FREE downloads mark for the almost 150 Microsoft eBooks included in my posts since they went live! It only seemed fitting that we hit the 1,000,000 mark for last week’s post in the same 24 hour period that we exceeded the 3,500,000 mark all up for the giveaways. Again, thank you to all of you for sharing these offers this year!

3) I have been asked if once we hit the 1,000,000 FREE download mark if the offer to download the books would expire. The answer is, “No, please keep downloading the books and sharing these links with your peers, counterparts, and anyone else you think could benefit from them!”

4) Several people have asked me, “Do you have a list of the most popular eBooks being downloaded out of the ones you’ve shared?” Well, I hadn’t tallied up the list and shared anything prior to today; however, since I’ve received the ask enough times and was looking at the numbers last night, I thought I would share with you the top 50 FREE Microsoft eBooks in order, in terms of number of downloads to date since I posted about them, so you can see what they are (and make sure you have them if you don’t already). Now, something to keep in mind as you look at this list of the top 50 below, remember that two of my posts went live last July and the third one just went up last week. I call this out because the ones that have been posted since last July have obviously had more time to be downloaded, so the numbers will be skewed a little just based on that. An interesting thing I found while compiling this list of the top 50 though was, there are actually four of them that are from my post last week! That’s VERY impressive to see the download numbers grow that fast for these items in just over week to overcome 11 months worth of download time for the others. The four from last week that are flying up the charts are:

  • Microsoft Office 365 for professionals and small businesses: Help and How To
  • Deployment guide for Office 2013
  • Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Explore SharePoint 2013

So if you want to glean some insights into what’s hot right now and on top of people’s minds, it’s Office 365, Office 2013, Windows 8 (and app development for it), and SharePoint 2013. When you compare that list to the rest in the top 50, you see lots of interest in these topics, plus Windows Server, SQL Server, Microsoft Virtualization and Windows Phone, just to name a few. So, are you up to speed on these hot topics? If not, why not grab some FREE eBooks and get going?

Here’s the list of the Top 50 FREE Microsoft eBooks downloaded so far:

   



































































W7PUG Cover-free
Windows 7 Power Users Guide


PDF



Introducing Windows Server 2012 – RTM Edition!
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Programming Windows Phone 7
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
PDF
XPS



Get started with SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Office 365 – Connect and Collaborate virtually anywhere, anytime
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions
PDF
XPS


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Microsoft Office 2010 First Look
PDF
XPS


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Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
VS2005 PDF
VS2005 XPS
VS2008 PDF
VS2008 XPS


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Getting started with
Microsoft Office 2010 – For IT Professionals
PDF
MOBI
DOC
XPS



Intro to ASP.NET MVC 4 with Visual Studio (Beta)
PDF
EPUB


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Programming Windows Phone 7 (Special Excerpt 2)
PDF



Transact-SQL Data Manipulation Language (DML) Reference
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Analysis Services - Tabular Modeling
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Backup and Restore of SQL Server Databases
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Analysis Services - Data Mining
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Technical reference for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office 2010 Users
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


eBook
Deploying Windows 7 Essential Guidance
PDF



Microsoft SQL Server AlwaysOn Solutions Guide for High Availability and Disaster Recovery
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Own Your Future
PDF
XPS



Moving Applications to the Cloud, 2nd Edition
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Analysis Services - Multidimensional Modeling
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services Multidimensional Performance and Operations Guide
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Deployment guide for SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Technical reference for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



QuickStart: Learn DAX Basics in 30 Minutes
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Getting Started with ASP.NET 4.5 Web Forms (Beta)
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Introducing ASP.NET Web Pages 2
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Microsoft Office 365 for professionals and small businesses: Help and How To
EPUB
MOBI
PDF



Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) Reference
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Deploying an ASP.NET Web Application to a Hosting Provider using Visual Studio
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



SQL Server 2012 Upgrade Technical Guide
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Business continuity management for SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Master Data Services Capacity Guidelines
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Configure Kerberos Authentication for SharePoint 2010 Products
DOCX
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Deployment guide for Office 2013
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit


PDF


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Technical reference for Microsoft Office 2010 - For IT professionals
DOC
PDF
XPS


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Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Developing Applications for the Cloud, 2nd Edition


PDF 



Governance guide for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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What You Can Do Before You Call Tech Support (Windows 7)
PDF
XPS


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Programming Windows 8 Apps 2nd Preview
PDF


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Planning guide for sites and solutions for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Part 1
PDF
DOC
XPS

imageWelcome to Windows 7


PDF


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Explore SharePoint 2013
EPUB
MOBI
PDF



Profile synchronization guide for SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Operations guide for Microsoft Office 2010 - For IT professionals
DOC
PDF
XPS

   

5) The other thing I have been asked many times is, “Do you have one single post with all of the eBooks listed so we can go through them instead of bouncing between the three different posts?” The answer to that has been No to date; however, I figured that since I was pulling together all of the stats last night, I could pull together the books into a single list as well. As such, here they are, almost 150 completely FREE Microsoft eBooks for you to download and use: (NOTE: If you don’t see a list of links below the book image, it is because it is only available in one format. Just click on the image and your download will begin)





























































































































































































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Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Programming Windows Phone 7
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Programming Windows Phone 7 (Special Excerpt 2)
PDF


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Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
VS2005 PDF
VS2005 XPS
VS2008 PDF
VS2008 XPS


W7PUG Cover-free
Windows 7 Power Users Guide


eBook
Deploying Windows 7 Essential Guidance
PDF


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Welcome to Windows 7


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What You Can Do Before You Call Tech Support (Windows 7)
PDF
XPS


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Administrator's Guide for Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Administrator’s Guide for Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring 1.0
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Administrator’s Guide for Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 7
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Administrator’s Guide for Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 8.0
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Administrator’s Guide for Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 1.0
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Developing an end-to-end Windows Store app using C++ and XAML: Hilo
PDF


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Developing an end-to-end Windows Store app using JavaScript: Hilo
PDF


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Prism for the Windows Runtime: Developing a Windows Store business app using C#, XAML, and Prism
PDF


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Office 365 – Connect and Collaborate virtually anywhere, anytime
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Microsoft Office 2010 First Look
PDF
XPS


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Deployment guide for Office 2013
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Microsoft Office 365 for professionals and small businesses: Help and How To
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Getting started with
Microsoft Office 2010 – For IT Professionals
PDF
MOBI
DOC
XPS


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Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office 2010 Users
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Planning guide for Microsoft Office 2010 - For IT professionals
DOC
PDF
XPS


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Deployment guide for Microsoft Office 2010 - For IT professionals
DOC
PDF
XPS


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Deployment guide for Office 2013 Preview


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Office 2010 Developer Training Kit


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Office 365 Developer Training Kit


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Office 365 Guides for professionals and small businesses


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Technical reference for Microsoft Office 2010 - For IT professionals
DOC
PDF
XPS



Business continuity management for SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Deployment guide for SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Get started with SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Explore SharePoint 2013
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Deployment guide for SharePoint 2013
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Test Lab Guide: eBook for SharePoint Server 2013 Intranet and Team Sites
EPUB
MOBI
PDF
DOC


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Create a Balanced Scorecard (SharePoint Server 2010)
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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SharePoint Server for Business Intelligence
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Deployment guide for SharePoint 2013 Preview


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Getting started with Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010


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Technical reference for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010



Governance guide for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Profile synchronization guide for SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Remote BLOB storage for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Technical reference for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Upgrading to SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Getting Started with SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
DOC
XPS
EPUB
MOBI


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Planning guide for sites and solutions for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Part 1
PDF
DOC
XPS


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Planning guide for sites and solutions for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Part 2
PDF
DOC
XPS


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Planning guide for server farms and environments for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
XPS
DOC


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Capacity planning for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
XPS
DOC


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5 Tips for a Smooth SSIS Upgrade to SQL Server 2012
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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A Hitchiker's Guide to Microsoft StreamInsight Queries
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Data Mining Extensions (DMX) Reference
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Data Quality Services 
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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High Availability Solutions
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Master Data Services
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Monitor and Tune for Performance
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Multidimensional Expressions (MDX) Reference
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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SQL Server Distributed Replay
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Transact-SQL Data Definition Language (DDL) Reference
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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XQuery Language Reference
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Extracting and Loading SharePoint Data in SQL Server Integration Services
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Integration Services: Extending Packages with Scripting
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Multidimensional Model Programming
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Optimized Bulk Loading of Data into Oracle
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Planning Disaster Recovery for Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services in SharePoint Integrated Mode
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Reporting Services
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Writing Transact-SQL Statements
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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SQL Server Community FAQs Manual
EPUB
MOBI
PDF



SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Analysis Services - Tabular Modeling
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Microsoft SQL Server AlwaysOn Solutions Guide for High Availability and Disaster Recovery
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Transact-SQL Data Manipulation Language (DML) Reference
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



QuickStart: Learn DAX Basics in 30 Minutes
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Analysis Services - Data Mining
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services Multidimensional Performance and Operations Guide
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) Reference
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



SQL Server 2012 Upgrade Technical Guide
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Backup and Restore of SQL Server Databases
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Analysis Services - Multidimensional Modeling
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Master Data Services Capacity Guidelines
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit


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Cmdlet Reference for App Controller in System Center 2012 SP1
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Technical Documentation for System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Upgrade Team Foundation Server 2012: the ultimate upgrade guide
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Dependency Injection with Unity
PDF


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Developer's Guide to Microsoft Enterprise Library (Second Edition)
PDF


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Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012
PDF


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ASP.NET Multi-Tier Windows Azure Application Using Storage Tables, Queues, and Blobs
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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ASP.NET Web Deployment using Visual Studio
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Developing Modern Mobile Web Apps
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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The Entity Framework 4.0 and ASP.NET Web Forms – Getting Started
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Getting Started with the Entity Framework 4.1 using ASP.NET MVC
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Project Silk: Client-Side Web Development for Modern Browsers
PDF



Moving Applications to the Cloud, 2nd Edition
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Windows Azure Prescriptive Guidance
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Windows Azure Service Bus Reference
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Intro to ASP.NET MVC 4 with Visual Studio (Beta)
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Deploying an ASP.NET Web Application to a Hosting Provider using Visual Studio
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Getting Started with ASP.NET 4.5 Web Forms (Beta)
PDF
EPUB
MOBI



Introducing ASP.NET Web Pages 2
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Own Your Future
PDF
XPS


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Developing an Advanced Windows Phone 7.5 App that Connects to the Cloud


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Developing Applications for the Cloud, 2nd Edition


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Autoscaling Application Block and Transient Fault Handling Application Block Reference
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Create Your First Application: Node.js and Windows Azure
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Developing Multi-tenant Applications for the Cloud on Windows Azure (3rd Edition)
PDF


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Drupal on Windows Azure
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Exploring CQRS and Event Sourcing: A journey into high scalability, availability, and maintainability with Windows Azure
PDF


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Migrating Data-Centric Applications to Windows Azure
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Moving Applications to the Cloud on Windows Azure (3rd Edition)
PDF


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Using Windows Azure Mobile Services to Cloud-Enable your iOS Apps
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Using Windows Azure Mobile Services to Cloud-Enable Your Windows Phone 8 Apps
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Using Windows Azure Mobile Services to Cloud-Enable your Windows Store Apps in C#
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Using Windows Azure Mobile Services to Cloud-Enable Your Windows Store Apps in JavaScript
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Windows Azure and SQL Database Tutorials
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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Building Hybrid Applications in the Cloud on Windows Azure


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Building Elastic and Resilient Cloud Applications - Developer's Guide to the Enterprise Library 5.0 Integration Pack for Windows Azure
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Deployment guide for Duet Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint and SAP Server 2.0 Preview


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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Guides: Financials


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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 User's Guide


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Dynamics CRM 2011 Developer Training Kit


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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Implementation Guide


In The Classroom - Digital Storytelling
Digital Storytelling


In The Classroom - Free Tools
Free Tools in the Classroom


In The Classroom - Movie Maker
Windows Live Movie Maker in the Classroom


In The Classroom - Windows 7
Windows 7 in the Classroom


In The Classroom - Web Apps
Microsoft Office Web Apps Teaching Guide


In The Classroom - Office
Microsoft Office in the Classroom


Critical Thinking - In The Classroom
Developing Critical Thinking through Web Research Skills


In The Classroom - Bing
Bing in the Classroom


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A Guide to Claims-Based Identity and Access Control, Second Edition
PDF


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Introducing Windows Server 2012
EPUB
MOBI
PDF


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TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows
PDF


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Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions
PDF
XPS



Introducing Windows Server 2012 – RTM Edition!
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012
PDF
EPUB
MOBI


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Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
PDF
XPS


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Lync for Mac 2011 Deployment Guide


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Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit Tools


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Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit


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Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Security Guide


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Developing Applications for the Cloud – 2nd Edition


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Visual Studio LightSwitch Training Kit


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Once again, thank you to all of you for sharing this information with others to let them know about these resources being made available to them from Microsoft, absolutely FREE! Please continue to share these with others so they too can have access to this information to help them as they travel down their path of learning and knowledge in the computer field. I’m sure I will be putting future collections of eBooks up here on the blog as I come across more and compile further lists, so be sure you are subscribed to the blog and following me online through my variety of social media entities, including through my Microsoft Info Partner Windows Phone mobile app that brings you the latest Microsoft information directly from our teams here at Microsoft. Also, if you’re heading to Worldwide Partner Conference this year, be sure to come up, introduce yourself (if we haven’t met before), or say Hi (if we have met) and join in on becoming part of the Fantastic People of WPC13 that I will be compiling this year.

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