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The Microsoft Press blog has been one of my better internet finds this year as they regularly post about ebooks that can be downloaded at no cost. Today I found the book "Introducing Windows 8, An overview for IT Professionals", which can be downloaded as a PDF. Don't let the title put you off as it's a clearly written guide for the latest offering from Microsoft whether you use Windows at home or at work.
I think I like this book because it is free from some of the hyperbole that often gets written while trying to get users to adapt new technologies and programs. For example the introduction when covering the new start screen and apps says "These are not replacements for the desktop, and it is not an either-or choice that you have to make".
Finally a voice of sanity amidst the panic and criticism. Having a Windows 8 installation on my desk has shown that I've spent far less time in the Start Screen than I first expected. In fact, it's about the same amount as the Start Menu. Funny that.
It is quite business focussed so there are sections that home users can safely ignore but I was impressed at the clear explanation of some of the trickier topics such as the new Trusted Boot and UEFI.
So as long as you're careful to filter out the bits that don't apply to home users, Introducing Windows 8 is well worth downloading and reading.
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