Get Your Reading On: Azure eBooks


There are a ton of different learning formats available to get or keep up your technical knowledge, but there’s one format that everyone still loves – books. We’re all technologists though, right? So when I say books in this case, I’m referring to eBooks. The below is the latest list of eBooks from Microsoft Press on Azure for you to check out, download, and read. I’ve ordered them by date of release. The best part – they’re all FREE. Enjoy!

Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure
Michael S. Collier and Robin E. Shahan
February 2015
246 pages

The “Microsoft Azure Essentials” series helps you advance your technical skills with Microsoft Azure. “Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure” introduces developers and IT professionals to the wide range of capabilities in Azure. The authors—both Microsoft MVPs in Azure—present conceptual and how-to content for seven key areas and describe management tools and business cases.

Download the PDF (6.66 MB)

Download the EPUB file (12.04 MB)

Download the Mobi for Kindle file (24.57 MB)

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.

Download the PDF (6.35 MB)

Download the EPUB file (22.7 MB)

Download the Mobi for Kindle file (12.3 MB)

Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight 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.

Download the PDF (6.37 MB)

Download the EPUB file (8.46 MB)

Download the Mobi for Kindle file (12.8 MB)

Download Companion Files (6.83 MB)

Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model 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.

Download the PDF (3.0 MB)

Download the EPUB file (3.8 MB)

Download the Mobi for Kindle file (7.2 MB)

The following books are also worth mentioning, however they are not from Microsoft Press. These are Azure books written by members of the Canadian developer community and frequent contributors here on the Canadian Developer Connection:

Windows Azure Data Storage (1118708814) cover image Windows Azure Data Storage
Bruce Johnson
October 2013
186 pages

In Windows Azure Data Storage, Bruce Johnson gives you all the tools you need to provide storage that is accessible both from Windows Azure applications and any application connected to the Internet. The book starts with an overview of the fundamental concepts, and then quickly dives in to configuring, scenario mapping, security, backup, recovery, and maintenance of the various data storage options.

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Windows Azure Web Sites (1118678524) cover image Windows Azure Web Sites
James Chambers
August 2013
129 pages

If you're looking for a straightforward, practical guide to get Azure websites up and running, then this is the book for you. This to-the-point guide provides you with the tools you need to move and maintain a website in the cloud. You'll discover the features that most affect developers and learn how they can be leveraged to work to your advantage. Accompanying projects enhance your learning experience and help you to walk away with a thorough understanding of Azure's supported technologies, site deployment, and management tools and how to monitor and scale their application.

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Windows Azure Mobile Services (1118678699) cover image Windows Azure Mobile Services
Bruce Johnson
June 2013
172 pages

Windows Azure Mobile Services (WAMS) is a turn-key backend solution for applications, mobile or otherwise, to utilize structured storage in the cloud. It includes basic data access functionality and built-in authentication with Microsoft Account, Facebook, Twitter and Google, as well as push notification to the client app. This compact, to the point book gives you just what you need to get up and running with these tools.

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Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations for other Azure books for developers to check out? Comment below, share on our Facebook wall, or tweet to @cdndevs so that we can share with the rest of the community.

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