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From technical overviews to drilldowns on special topics, these free ebooks are available in PDF, EPUB, and/or Mobi for Kindle formats, ready for you to download.

New ebooks

Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition
Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition
Charles Petzold
October 2014
272 pages
This Preview Edition ebook is about writing applications for Xamarin.Forms, the new mobile development platform for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone unveiled by Xamarin in May 2014. Xamarin.Forms lets you write shared user-interface code in C# and XAML that maps to native controls on these three platforms.
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Windows Server ebooks

Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2
Mitch Tulloch
November 2013
242 pages
Get a head start evaluating Windows Server 2012 R2—with technical insights from a Microsoft MVP and members of the Windows Server product team. Based on final Windows Server 2012 R2 release-to-manufacturing (RTM) software, this guide introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario-based advice on how the platform can meet the needs of your business. Get the high-level overview you need to begin preparing your deployment now.
Download the PDF (8.0 MB)

Windows Azure ebooks

Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure
Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure
Scott Guthrie, Mark Simms, Tom Dykstra, Rick Anderson, and Mike Wasson
July 2014
198 pages
This ebook walks you through a patterns-based approach to building real-world cloud solutions. The patterns apply to the development process as well as to architecture and coding practices. The content is based on a presentation developed by Scott Guthrie and delivered by him at the Norwegian Developers Conference (NDC) in June of 2013 (part 1, part 2), and at Microsoft Tech Ed Australia in September 2013 (part 1, part 2). Many others updated and augmented the content while transitioning it from video to written form.
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Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight
Avkash Chauhan, Valentine Fontama, Michele Hart, Wee Hyong Tok, and Buck Woody
May 2014
130 pages
In Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight, we cover what big data really means, how you can use it to your advantage in your company or organization, and one of the services you can use to do that quickly—specifically, Microsoft’s HDInsight service. We start with an overview of big data and Hadoop, but we don’t emphasize only concepts in this book—we want you to jump in and get your hands dirty working with HDInsight in a practical way.
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Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals
Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Azure Team
October 2013
142 pages
Get a high-level overview of Windows Azure—and get a running start with this flexible cloud platform. Designed for IT professionals, this guide introduces core features and functionality, with technical insights and advice from a Microsoft MVP and members of the Windows Azure team. Topics include Windows Azure solutions, Compute services, Network services, Data services, and App services.
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Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model
Marc Farley
July 2013
120 pages
Discover how a hybrid cloud model—combining cloud storage services with traditional on-premise storage—can solve multiple storage challenges cost-effectively, all under a single data management system. Focusing on the Microsoft hybrid cloud storage solution, this book offers concise insights on technical, strategic, and practical considerations—so you can begin evaluating potential benefits to your organization.
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Windows ebooks

Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals
Ed Bott
October 2013
140 pages
Get a head start evaluating Windows 8.1—with early technical insights from award-winning journalist and Windows expert Ed Bott. This guide introduces new features and capabilities, providing a practical, high-level overview for IT professionals ready to begin deployment planning now.
Download the PDF (8.0 MB)

App Development ebooks

Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition
Charles Petzold
October 2014
272 pages
This Preview Edition ebook is about writing applications for Xamarin.Forms, the new mobile development platform for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone unveiled by Xamarin in May 2014. Xamarin.Forms lets you write shared user-interface code in C# and XAML that maps to native controls on these three platforms.
Download the PDF (5.14 MB)
Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript
Kraig Brockschmidt
April 2014
1,311 pages
Microsoft Press is pleased to offer the second edition of Kraig Brockschmidt’s in-depth ebook on writing Windows Store apps using HTML, CSS3, and JavaScript on the Windows 8.1 platform. The ebook includes 20 chapters and 4 appendices. We’re delighted to welcome you into a world of Windows Reimagined!
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.NET Technology Guide for Business Applications
Cesar de la Torre and David Carmona
November 2013
This guide will help you select the right Microsoft development technologies and approaches for your custom .NET application development, depending on the priorities you have for your application and business domain. It is targeted to decision makers, software architects, development leads, and developers who are involved in selecting which technologies to use for their applications and projects, and specifically covers custom enterprise application development, although independent software vendors (ISVs) might also find the information and recommendations useful.
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Microsoft System Center ebooks

Microsoft System Center: Integrated Cloud Platform
Microsoft System Center: Integrated Cloud Platform
David Ziembicki and Mitch Tulloch, Series Editor
April 2014
80 pages
This book is organized by cloud type and begins with a short overview of the Cloud OS strategy from Microsoft and a high-level hybrid cloud architecture. It also covers the design and deployment of private cloud solutions using Windows and System Center to deliver the software-defined datacenter where storage, network, compute, and management are all virtualized and delivered by the Microsoft platform.
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Microsoft System Center: Network Virtualization and Cloud Computing
Mitch Tulloch with Nader Benmessaoud, CJ Williams, Uma Mahesh Mudigonda
March 2014
94 pages
This brief book identifies some key usage and deployment scenarios for cloud computing to provide some deep technical background on the Microsoft SDN solution, enabling IT professionals to quickly learn the internals of HNV, how it works from end to end, and where and how it should be used.
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Microsoft System Center: Building a Virtualized Network Solution
Mitch Tulloch with Nigel Cain, Alvin Morales, Michel Luescher, Damian Flynn
February 2014
136 pages
This book is geared to private and hybrid cloud architects preparing to design and build a virtualized network solution based on Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1, or later. Written by experts on the Microsoft System Center team and with Microsoft MVP Mitch Tulloch as series editor, this title focuses on architecture and design.
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Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
Mitch Tulloch with Symon Perriman and the System Center team
January 2014
180 pages
Get a high-level overview of System Center 2012 R2—and get a running start transforming your datacenter and cloud-optimizing your business. This guide introduces core features and functionality, with technical advice and under-the-hood insights from a Microsoft MVP and members of the System Center team at Microsoft.
Download the PDF (12.4 MB)
Microsoft System Center: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks
David Ziembicki, Aaron Cushner, Andreas Rynes and series editor Mitch Tulloch
September 2013
186 pages
Part of a series of specialized guides on System Center—this book delivers a focused drilldown on designing Orchestrator runbooks for workflow management solutions. Written by experts on the System Center team and with Microsoft MVP Mitch Tulloch as series editor, these titles provide concise technical guidance as they step you through key design concepts, criteria, and tasks.
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Microsoft System Center: Configuration Manager Field Experience
Rushi Faldu, Manish Raval, Brandon Linton, Kaushal Pandey and series editor Mitch Tulloch
September 2013
92 pages
Part of a series of specialized guides on System Center—this book delivers a focused drilldown on using Configuration Manager for queries and custom reporting, with scenario-based guidance for deployment success. Written by experts on the Microsoft System Center team and with Microsoft MVP Mitch Tulloch as series editor, this title provides concise, from-the-field guidance as you step through key concepts and tasks.
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Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller
Yung Chou, Keith Mayer, and series editor Mitch Tulloch
November 2013
118 pages
Part of a series of specialized guides on System Center—this book focuses on core tasks for App Controller to implement and manage hybrid cloud solutions. Written by experts on the Microsoft System Center team and with Microsoft MVP Mitch Tulloch as series editor, this title delivers concise technical guidance as you step through key concepts, processes, and tasks.
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Microsoft System Center: Troubleshooting Configuration Manager
Rushi Faldu, Manoj Kumar Pal, Andre Della Monica, Kaushal Pandey, and series editor Mitch Tulloch
November 2013
108 pages
Part of a series of specialized guides on System Center—this book addresses the most common pain points for Configuration Manager administrators, providing insider and from-the-field insights to help you succeed. Written by experts on the Microsoft System Center team and with Microsoft MVP Mitch Tulloch as series editor, this title delivers concise technical guidance as you step through key concepts and tasks.
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Microsoft System Center: Optimizing Service Manager
Thomas Ellermann, Kathleen Wilson, Karsten Nielsen, John Clark, and series editor Mitch Tulloch
December 2013
96 pages
Part of a series of specialized guides on System Center—this book provides a framework for planning and delivering a successful Service Manager project. Written by experts on the Microsoft System Center team and with Microsoft MVP Mitch Tulloch as series editor, this title delivers concise guidance, from-the-field insights, and best practices for optimizing and maintaining your Service Manager environment.
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Other books & ebooks for sale

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014
Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner
April 2014
125 pages
In this book, the authors explain how SQL Server 2014 incorporates in-memory technology to boost performance in online transactional processing (OLTP) and data-warehouse solutions. They also describe how it eases the transition from on-premises solutions to the cloud with added support for hybrid environments.
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You can purchase print or ebook versions from the entire Microsoft Press catalog through
www.MicrosoftPressStore.com or your favorite bookstores. Here is a selection of our newest books for sale.

Exam Ref 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure, Second Edition
Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-413—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of designing and implementing infrastructure services in Windows Server 2012 R2. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSE level. Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-413—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of designing and implementing infrastructure services in Windows Server 2012 R2. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSE level.
Microsoft Azure SQL Database Step by Step
Microsoft Azure SQL Database Step by Step
Leonard G. Lobel and Eric D. Boyd
June 2014
400 pages
Expand your expertise—and teach yourself the fundamentals of the Microsoft Azure SQL Database platform. If you are an experienced software developer or database professional, but are new to Microsoft Azure or SQL Database, you’ll get the guidance, exercises, and code needed to master core topics and techniques.
Designed to help enterprise administrators develop real-world, job-role-specific skills—this Training Guide focuses on essential Windows Server 2012 R2 management tasks. Build hands-on expertise through a series of lessons, exercises, and suggested practices—and help maximize your performance on the job.
                     
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