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.