You have to give Microsoft Learning (and Microsoft Press) credit… they have finally figured out that their parent company will make more money if they help people to learn their products, rather than charging them for the privilege.
When the Microsoft Virtual Academy went on-line we were all thrilled, and continue to be so as more courses become available. However some of us still like having books that we can reference, rather than having to go through an entire course. For that reason I am thrilled that they are offering a series of ebooks from Microsoft Press – written by some of the top experts in the field – for free. Simply go to the site (here) and download them all… in either .PDF format, EPUB format, or .Mobi for Kindle.
Now here’s what they aren’t telling you, which they should. You see, I don’t have a Kindle, I have a Kobo. After all, I did spend several months consulting for the parent company, and I love the device. If you go onto the Kobo site and do some quick searches, you will find that a lot of these books that are available for free from Microsoft Virtual Academy are also available as free ebooks from the Kobo store. I was hoping this would be the case, so I went and checked, and sure enough I just downloaded a bunch of Windows Server and System Center books to my library, which I will now sync to my device. Amazing! I cannot attest that the entire library is available… but I downloaded five books on System Center and two on Windows Server, and none of the ones I was looking for were missing.
Now if you`ll excuse me, I have some System Center books I need to start reading! 🙂