Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Preview Edition)

IntroducingWin8_for_ITProsUpdate: Nov 13, 2012

The final version is now available! See our announcement here:

The Windows 8 operating system is the newest member of the Microsoft Windows family. It differs from earlier Windows releases as much for what it does not change as for what it does change. That is, the features that IT pros loved about Windows 7 are still there in Windows 8—just better. The same keyboard shortcuts, management tools, security features, and deployment options are available in Windows 8. But in many cases, Windows 8 improves them in intuitive and significant ways. Some examples are the ribbon in File Explorer and faster disk encryption when using BitLocker Drive Encryption. This book describes these enhancements plus many of the new features in Windows 8.

Please enjoy this preview edition that contains Chapters 1-11. We will update this post with a link to the final ebook when it is ready.

Download the PDF version of the book here: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals – PDF ebook


Comments (27)

  1. Patrice Stadelmann says:

    Merci pour ce livre. Une traduction en français serait vraiment idéal.

  2. Manoj says:

    Thanks for sharing this e-book details.

  3. Seif says:


  4. Vipin says:

    Danke Schoen

  5. Ben English says:

    Hi, Could we have this in mobi format like the other free ebooks please? PDF doesn't run that well on 7" ebook readers and smartphones. Many thanks

  6. KimSpilker says:

    Hi Ben – we will release mobi and epub formats with the final version of the ebook. I heard from the editor the other day that we'll be ready to release it in a few weeks. I'll refresh this blog post and post a new one, as well, when all of the files and formats are available.

    Bonjour Patrice – Désolé, mais nous publions uniquement en anglais et notre partenaire vend les droits de traduction. Je ne sais pas si il y aura une traduction en français.

  7. Madmaskd says:

    thanks for this Book, Developers are looking to find good Books on win 8 this would Help me alot

  8. Nörde says:

    Yeh, ihan kiva opus kaappiin pölyttyyn

  9. Ahsan Kabir says:

    Good message come out through your E-Book.

  10. Tawney Follett says:

    The features we loved about windows 7 are there in windows 8?

    Wrong. Microsoft Partner Support has yet to comment and/or resolve the issue that GPP drive mappings are not yet working in Windows 8. This makes it useless for business integration.

    My strong suggestion to all who are analysing whether or not Windows 8 is the right OS, would be to understand the current inadequecies in Windows 8 and determine if you think it is suitable for deployment.

    Until Microsoft fix this issue (among others), it is NOT a business tool.

  11. getreal says:

    "The features we loved about windows 7 are there in windows 8"

    NOT!  Virtual PC 2007 does not work, along with about half the other apps my company uses, even two that works with Win-7.

    Anyway – is MS running scared? I mean giving a major price discount to new users – releasing an unfinished book for anyone to download, what next?

  12. krishna.g.mishra says:

    thanks ,,and send update book link,,,

  13. Hassanreza Masjedi says:

    Thanks for this useful uploaded book we are waiting for more learning about Windows 8 great OS.


    Thanks for sharing this book, hope this will help us to understand the Windows 8.

  15. Isman Subarkah says:

    Thank you very much for sharing this ebook. I hope i can get more knowladge about Windows 8.

  16. Diana Bee says:

    Thank you. I am looking forward to read the rest of the book.

    This is very handy info to have.

  17. Krupakar T, Joshua says:

    Let me Read the article, I'll share my view later.

  18. John L. Wright, Sr. says:

    Appreciate sharing this book with IT Pro's.  Should prove to be a valuable asset.

  19. says:

    Thank you very much for this ebook

  20. Med says:

    Downloading the file now. Can't  wait to read and catch the difference

  21. Thank you so much, please notify me if this book released. Many Thanks!!

  22. mohammed imran says:

    Thanks for sharing this book. this will help so much….

  23. Jorge Rocha says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. It will be of great value. Thanks again

  24. Adonis delos Santos says:

    Thanks for sharing…

  25. roberto mendoza says:

    y no existe este libro en español?

  26. Alfred KOLA says:

    Thank you so much for this  usefull instrument that will bring new understanding about computers.

  27. peeroz says:


    thanks so much for the book it is so useful for those that don't have knowledge about windows 8