Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals: Technical Overview" free eBook from Ed Bott

The blog of Rob Margel - Windows Help - Free E-book by Ed Bott : Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals: Technical Overview



  • An Overview of Windows 8.1
  • The Windows 8.1 User experience
  • Deploying Windows 8.1
  • Security in Windows 8.1
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Delivering Windows Store Apps
  • Recovery options in Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8.1 and networks
  • Virtualization in Windows 8.1
  • Windows RT 8.1
  • Managing mobile devices

Microsoft Press - Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals

We’re happy to announce that Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals by Ed Bott is ready for download in PDF format.


  • Download PDF, here
  • Download Mobi (for Kindle), here
  • Download ePub, here


It’s difficult to believe that Windows 8 was introduced only a year ago, and yet today its successor, Windows 8.1, is ready for widespread adoption. By Microsoft’s standards, that is warp speed. And it is a tribute to the developers who designed and built Windows 8 and 8.1 that they have been able to sustain that pace and deliver such a polished product.

The Windows 8 product line represents a radical departure for Microsoft. A new user experience. A new app platform. New security features and new management tools. If you’re an IT pro, you have the daunting job of helping your users adapt to the newness of Windows 8.1 while you try to stay at least one step ahead.

Although I’ve written in-depth guides to Windows in the past, this book is not one of those. Nor do I pretend to offer much in the way of opinions or review. Only you can decide whether and how and when to incorporate Windows 8.1 into your enterprise, based on your own organizational requirements.

My goal in this book is to help you on that upgrade path by presenting the facts and features about Windows 8.1 as clearly as I can. If you’ve been living in an environment built around a previous version of Windows, you have a lot to absorb in the transition to Windows 8.1. I’ve tried to lay out those facts in as neutral a fashion as possible, starting with an overview of the operating system, explaining the many changes to the user experience, and diving deep into deployment and management tools where it’s necessary.

By design, this book focuses on things that are new, with a special emphasis on topics of interest to IT pros. So you might find fewer tips and tricks about the new user experience than your users want but more about management, deployment, and security—which ultimately is what matters to the long-term well-being of the company you work for.

This book is just an introduction, an overview. For more detailed information about the features and capabilities described in this book, I encourage you to become a regular visitor at the Springboard Series on TechNet: http://www.microsoft.com/springboard. Tell ‘em Ed sent you. [GD: Post Leached in full]

Personally, I'm likely Windows 8.1. It seems more stable, just as fast and has allot of touches that I've come to really enjoy and rely on. It really is the Windows 3.1 for Windows 8...

But IT still seems to be 8/8.1 haters (well not haters, but maybe hold it in disdain? Are ignoring it and hoping it will go away? Whatever... you get the idea). While this book won't fix that, it might chip away at it...


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