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


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: Tell ‘em Ed sent you.

Comments (25)
  1. Basil Emeokoro says:

    Thats a great one. I cant wait to have the Windows 8.1 experience especially the Cloud features. Thank you Microsoft.

  2. That's mighty fine! Looking forward to get my hands on Windows 8.1, and this book will surely help understanding it! Thanks!

  3. This is great book for IT pro's, perfect!

  4. Syed Jalal Tashrifullahi says:

    A book from such a professional is a great testament in itself. Lucky Win 8.1

  5. Robeto González says:

    Gran aporte¡ 😀 , gracias…

  6. Vijay Ramshetty says:

    Great! Thank you so much for sharing this eBook Kim!

  7. Sergey says:

    can't wait for Kindle edition… Thanks

  8. KimSpilker says:

    new formats are here! See table at top

  9. Miguel Ortiz says:

    Incredible one, it's a great book!!! I'll tell about it on my blog… and I hope a lot of people download it!!!

  10. Tejas says:

    Nice Overview. Thanks.

  11. Nargg says:

    I was looking forward to 8.1 cloud features too, but some of them are failing big time for me.  Like the settings are now copying to other machines and keeping them from working right.

  12. santosh suther says:

    i realy get a benificial result by downloading this book ………………and i hope many peoples download this ebook and will get a hopefiling result

  13. reagan says:

    hi Kim thank you for this …..can this be a good read for a 70-687 and 70-688 exam??

  14. ecooper1181 says:

    Every Microsoft ebooks that I had the opportunity to download over the past months has benificed me in so many ways and that like many of you, I am very greatfulfor such ebooks.

  15. abdelali ABDLMOUNA says:

    how can work as a virtual technical support with microsoft

  16. Glasskeys says:

    Thank you for the free book!

  17. DerKrefelder says:

    SUPER !!!  …..hätte mich mal über eine deutschsprachige Version gefreut 🙁

  18. Bishnupriya says:

    thanks! this really helps!

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  20. Pat says:

    It's a good free source to read! Thank you!

  21. ianoutthere says:

    I second Reagan,

    I wonder how much of this information will be covered in the newest version of 70-687?

  22. Nafiseh mohammadzadeh says:


  23. Nafiseh says:

    Thank you

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