Large collection of Free Microsoft eBooks for you, including: SharePoint, Visual Studio, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Office 365, Office 2010, SQL Server 2012, Azure, and more.


Throughout the year I try to share resources and information with you that I think will be helpful for you. Often times these resources will include links to free eBooks that we make available on a variety of topics. Today, I thought I would post a large collection of eBooks for you here so that you can find them in one place and consume them as you see fit. Also, if you find this list helpful, please share it with your peers and colleagues so that they too can benefit from these resources.

Due to the incredible popularity of this post, I’ve added a second post on even MORE free Microsoft eBooks and Resource Kits available for you, in case you are interested.

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Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
VS2005 PDF
VS2005 XPS
VS2008 PDF
VS2008 XPS
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Programming Windows 8 Apps 2nd Preview
PDF
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Programming Windows Phone 7
PDF
EPUB
MOBI
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Programming Windows Phone 7 (Special Excerpt 2)
PDF
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Office 365 – Connect and Collaborate virtually anywhere, anytime
PDF
EPUB
MOBI
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Microsoft Office 2010 First Look
PDF
XPS
 
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Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office 2010 Users
PDF
EPUB
MOBI
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Getting started with
Microsoft Office 2010 – For IT Professionals
PDF
MOBI
DOC
XPS
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Planning guide for Microsoft Office 2010 – For IT professionals
DOC
PDF
XPS
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Deployment guide for Microsoft Office 2010 – For IT professionals
DOC
PDF
XPS
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Operations guide for Microsoft Office 2010 – For IT professionals
DOC
PDF
XPS
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Technical reference for Microsoft Office 2010 – For IT professionals
DOC
PDF
XPS
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Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions
PDF
XPS
 

Introducing Windows Server 2012 – RTM Edition!
PDF
EPUB
MOBI
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Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012
PDF
EPUB
MOBI
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Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
PDF
XPS

Configure Kerberos Authentication for SharePoint 2010 Products
DOCX
PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Business continuity management for SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI 

Deployment guide for SharePoint Server 2010
 PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Get started with SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Governance guide for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Profile synchronization guide for SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Remote BLOB storage for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Technical reference for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Upgrading to SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
EPUB
MOBI
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Getting Started with SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
DOC
XPS
EPUB
MOBI
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Planning guide for sites and solutions for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Part 1
PDF
DOC
XPS
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Planning guide for sites and solutions for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Part 2
PDF
DOC
XPS
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Planning guide for server farms and environments for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
XPS
DOC
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Capacity planning for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
PDF
XPS
DOC
   

SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Analysis Services – Tabular Modeling
PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Microsoft SQL Server AlwaysOn Solutions Guide for High Availability and Disaster Recovery
PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Transact-SQL Data Manipulation Language (DML) Reference
PDF
EPUB
MOBI

QuickStart: Learn DAX Basics in 30 Minutes
 PDF
EPUB
MOBI

SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Analysis Services – Data Mining
PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services Multidimensional Performance and Operations Guide
PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) Reference
PDF
EPUB
MOBI
 

SQL Server 2012 Upgrade Technical Guide
PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Backup and Restore of SQL Server Databases
 PDF
EPUB
MOBI

SQL Server 2012 Tutorials: Analysis Services – Multidimensional Modeling
PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Master Data Services Capacity Guidelines
 PDF
EPUB
MOBI
 
In The Classroom - Digital Storytelling
Digital Storytelling
In The Classroom - Free Tools
Free Tools in the Classroom
In The Classroom - Movie Maker
Windows Live Movie Maker in the Classroom
In The Classroom - Windows 7
Windows 7 in the Classroom
In The Classroom - Web Apps
Microsoft Office Web Apps Teaching Guide
In The Classroom - Office
Microsoft Office in the Classroom
Critical Thinking - In The Classroom
Developing Critical Thinking through Web Research Skills
In The Classroom - Bing
Bing in the Classroom

Moving Applications to the Cloud, 2nd Edition
PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Windows Azure Prescriptive Guidance
 PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Windows Azure Service Bus Reference
PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Intro to ASP.NET MVC 4 with Visual Studio (Beta)
PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Deploying an ASP.NET Web Application to a Hosting Provider using Visual Studio
PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Getting Started with ASP.NET 4.5 Web Forms (Beta)
PDF
EPUB
MOBI

Introducing ASP.NET Web Pages 2
PDF
EPUB
MOBI
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Own Your Future
PDF
XPS
W7PUG Cover-free
Windows 7 Power Users Guide
eBook
Deploying Windows 7 Essential Guidance
PDF
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Welcome to Windows 7
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What You Can Do Before You Call Tech Support (Windows 7)
PDF
XPS

I hope you find these resources to be helpful in learning about and using the various solutions and technologies referenced. I’d love to hear your feedback on these, so please feel free to give me your input.

Did you find this information helpful? If so, you may want to make sure you are utilizing all of the areas I share information online, such as:

Get the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App and get access to the latest from all of those plus: product teams, MPN teams, Microsoft News and hundreds more resources here at Microsoft right on your phone:

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By the way, another great place to find free books is the E-Book Gallery for Microsoft Technologies on the TechNet Wiki. You can also find their Twitter feed (@MSFreeEBooks) in the Products section of the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App.

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Comments (161)

  1. Scott Stauffer says:

    I clicked on the Kerberos book and another ebook popped up… :(  

    Very interested in getting the correct book…

    Scott[at]ScottStauffer[dot]ca

  2. mssmallbiz says:

    @ Scott – Thanks for pinging me on the wrong link for the Kerberos book. I must have fat-fingered that one when I was compiling the list. I have updated the link, so please reload the blog post and you should be able to download the correct eBook now.

    Thanks,

    Eric

  3. Abe says:

    Getting started with Microsoft Office 2010 – For IT Professionals also has a broken link.

  4. mssmallbiz says:

    @ Abe – Good gracious. Sorry about that and can't believe I missed it. The link has been updated, so please reload the blog post and it should work for you now. Thank you for letting me know.

    Eric

  5. coldacid says:

    This is awesome, thank you Eric!

  6. Sanjay Tank says:

    Thank You Microsoft for providing this Free E-Books….

  7. Thanks for updating the Kerberos link!

  8. Eldlabs says:

    This is great!!! Thx a lot!

  9. Mauricio says:

    Thank you very much Eric! : )

  10. mssmallbiz says:

    @ Chris, Keith, Sanjay, Eldlabs, and Mauricio: Thanks for the feedback and glad you found them helpful!

    Eric

  11. mssmallbiz says:

    @ Scott – No problem. Thanks again for bringing my typo to my attention so I could fix it for you and others to use. By the way, I just put up another post with more free eBooks this morning since this post seems to be something that many people are finding useful. Hopefully those are helpful for you as well.

    Eric

  12. Anthony says:

    Thanks, Eric! It really good gesture. It helps many a MS technology developers.

  13. mssmallbiz says:

    @ Anthony – Thanks, glad you found it helpful.

    Eric

  14. Carnegie Johnson says:

    Hi Eric, Thank you! This is a great stuff. I am a instructor (MCT) and the classroom tools links are very helpful. Many kudos to you my friend.

  15. mssmallbiz says:

    @ Carnegie – Thanks for the feedback and glad the classroom tools will be helpful.

    Eric

  16. Vim says:

    Thanks for sharing, it was awesome, Eric

  17. mssmallbiz says:

    @ Vim – Thanks, glad you found it useful.

  18. Vico says:

    Thanks

  19. mssmallbiz says:

    @ Vico – You're more than welcome. Thanks for being a reader of my blog.

    Eric

  20. Michel Martin says:

    Thanks a lot Eric! Really awesome :)

  21. Marco Hoogeveen says:

    Hi Eric many thanks from my end

  22. Maneesh Sharma says:

    Thank you very much ! for the ebooks.

  23. mssmallbiz says:

    @ Michel, Marco, and Maneesh – Thanks for the feedback and glad you found them helpful. Hopefully the second set I posted for you are useful as well.

    Eric

  24. Daniel Villavicencio says:

    hello Eric, thks for the info, is there any way u could share the links of the e-book in .mobi extension

    thks a lot

  25. Praveen says:

    Thank You Eric and Microsoft. This is great

  26. Nilkanth says:

    Thanks Eric, This is awesome

  27. Ganesh says:

    This is great. Thanks

  28. Vern Rabe says:

    Eric: Thank you for posting these. Are they books available in .mobi?

  29. All Great Book Titles! says:

    Thank you and Thank Microsoft!!

  30. mssmallbiz says:

    @ Daniel, Praveen, Nikanth, Ganesh, and All GBT – I appreciate the feedback on the collection and thank you for sharing it. I am glad these resources are helpful for you.

    Eric

  31. sneha says:

    Thank you very much Eric… :)

  32. Mustafa says:

    Hello Eric

    Thanks for sharing, however when I try any links, I'm getting the following error message:

    "404. That’s an error.

    The requested URL /external_content/untrusted_dlcp/download.microsoft.com/en//download/1/2/F/12F1FF78-73E1-4714-9A08-6A76FA3DA769/656949ebook.pdf was not found on this server. That’s all we know."

    Not sure if anybody else is experiencing this issue, I have tried different browser but no luck

  33. Navaneethakrishnan says:

    Hi Eric, very useful stuff, thank you.

  34. Awanish says:

    Hey Eric, Thanks for this wonderful collection.

  35. Rao says:

    Really wonderful Technical collections

  36. shar says:

    Thanks you so much… this is very helpful material

  37. mssmallbiz says:

    @ Mustafa – There have been hundreds of thousands of successful downloads of the eBooks already since I put up my posts, so I do not believe this is a common experience for people. I do have a couple of thoughts though:

    1) Have you tried right-clicking on the eBook you want to download and selecting "Save Target As" to save the eBook download directly instead of clicking the link to open the eBook link first?

    2) It also sounds like you may be behind a firewall that is blocking "un-recognized sites," which is blocking the download from beginning. If this is the case, you may want to try again from another location.

    I hope that one of these two options helps you get the eBooks you are looking for.

    Thanks,

    Eric

  38. mssmallbiz says:

    @ Navaneetharkishan, Awanish, Rao, and Shar – Thanks for sharing your feedback on the eBooks post and I'm very happy to hear that you found this post useful.

    Thanks for reading my blog,

    Eric

  39. Al G says:

    Thank you!  Very nice set of links!

  40. jspatton@ku.edu says:

    Awesome resource thanks!

  41. Derek says:

    Thanks a ton!

  42. Angela says:

    This is such a find! Thanks for sharing this great info.

  43. Craig Lee says:

    Thanks for the great share. Are there anymore resources for Server 2012 (Server 8)? The move setting up windows servers a private cloud instead of a few monolith systems is a great move.

    Thanks,

    Craig Lee

  44. Krish says:

    Thanks Eric for the links.

    By the way all the links for SQL Server 2012 are broken.

  45. Mukesh Jha says:

    Thank you for sharing these eBooks..appreciate it.

    Kindly

    Mukesh Jha

  46. Matt says:

    Thank you for posting this fantastic collection of books.

  47. Fran says:

    sounds to good to be true .. no catch ?

  48. broken link says:

    The requested URL /education/teachers/guides/digital_storytelling.aspx was not found on this server. That’s all we know.

  49. Beakal says:

    Thank you

  50. Justin Hamilton says:

    Thank you for posting such valuable resources.

  51. Syed says:

    Thank you very much for sharing. All links work. Awesome effort.

  52. lantram says:

    Awesome! Thanks!

  53. Patrick says:

    Hi Eric. Thanks for making these available, but I can't seem to be able to connect to your server. Is it down?

  54. Interesting... says:

    Has anyone else run into this: Chrome will not allow me to straight download Programming Windows 8. It first tells me that it might harm my computer, and then when I tell it to go anyway, it tells me "This might hurt. Don't say we didn't warn you." That's really strange to me. First of all, my antivirus didn't pick up anything weird. Second, this is suspicious since Google is starting to make a push for HTML5 apps. What gives, Google?

  55. yassin says:

    tnx  1000 times  :)

  56. AustinA says:

    Thanks for sharing Eric

  57. Sam says:

    Hi all, Want to follow up MS Organizer. Does Office comes up with that. or Help me to find the Organizer out of these please…

  58. sandeep. says:

    I tired to download Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 at it says password protected. can you pls provide me a password for that

  59. John says:

    Thank you very much!

  60. Gopal says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing these Eric. It is a stupendous gesture in a world where people hoard knowledge and the references provided are truly helpful for a MS developers of all ages (budding, intermediate & expert).

    Thanks again and looking forward to sharing my experiences in using this stuff in my life with all of you.

    Cheers

    Gopal

  61. Muthu says:

    Excellent..! Thanks for sharing..

  62. Hemal says:

    Thanks Eric… extremely good collection…it helps me lot to learn the other technologies…Its a kind of Microsoft Data book bank…

    Thanks Again…

  63. Lui Manahan says:

    thanks for the resources! hopiing for more e-books. specially php and asp. net. :D

  64. Liebe Partner, falls Sie es übersehen haben: Eric Ligman weißt in seinem Blogbeitrag auf viele kostenfrei

  65. Liebe Partner, falls Sie es übersehen haben: Eric Ligman weist in seinem Blogbeitrag auf viele kostenfrei

  66. melendezwilliam@hotmail.com says:

    Thanks.

  67. William Weber says:

    Many folks are wondering if htere are other formats of these books available. Any reason you are only linking to the PDF version when Technet has three formats available?

    social.technet.microsoft.com/…/11608.e-book-gallery-for-microsoft-technologies.aspx

  68. Jose Daniel Garcia says:

    Thanksso mucho Eric for this material!!

  69. Vladislav Zolotukhin says:

    Thank You!

  70. Franjo says:

    Great!!

    Thank you!

  71. mssmallbiz says:

    @ William – Thanks for the feedback. Originaly I only had PDF because the first eBooks I included when I started creating it were PDF only. When I started adding others that had additional formats, I just kept it to PDF for consistency. Since I heard the feedback about other formats, I have updated the post with .DOC, .XPS, .EPUB. .MOBI formats where available.

    Thanks,

    Eric

  72. mssmallbiz says:

    @ Fran – Nope, no catch. Enjoy the eBooks. :-)

    Eric

  73. Mike D says:

    Thanks Eric, looks like some great material. – Just noticed the Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 PDF link points to the XPS file.

  74. Praveen kumar says:

    Hi Eric,

    Thank you :) this is good stuff for who want start the life in sw development  with Microsoft products

  75. Maxim says:

    You have the same links for "Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2" (PDF, XPS versions)

  76. Guest from Kazakhstan says:

    Thanks! But in "Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2" 1 link for 2 files (both links to *.xps). Fix it, please.

  77. Sivakumar says:

    Very helpful books.

  78. Julio Lavrador says:

    Hi Eric,

    Thanks a lot.

    it's greats docs.

    Thank you.

  79. mssmallbiz says:

    @ Mike D, Maxim, and Kazakhstan Guest – Thanks for the heads up on the SQL Server 2008 R2 PDF link. I've updated it so you should be all set with it now.

    Thanks,

    Eric

  80. Tuan Ngo says:

    Very interesting and helpful!

    Thank you!

  81. Mario Saccoia says:

    Fantastic Post!!! Thanks you very much for sharing.

  82. Rammohan Gande says:

    Awesome, thank

  83. Chris F says:

    Incredible amount of knowledge! Big thank you!

  84. sira tuan says:

    thanks so much

  85. banibrahim says:

    السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

    رائع رائع

  86. Hieu Le says:

    Hi Eric

    Thank so much, but why can you give us many ebooks? what are your position in Microsoft?

  87. Greeshma P B says:

    Hi Eric,

    Thanks alot .This is very helpful to me for my MS certification program.

  88. Ihab says:

    I tried to download the PDF version of this "Configure Kerberos Authentication for SharePoint 2010 Products" but the link downloads a DOCX format file

  89. Manish Goyal says:

    Thx Eric, good collection of free e-Books from Microsoft

  90. André says:

    Eric; thank you so much for sharing these. This is simply great stuff and I have theme very useful.

  91. Ema says:

    thank you! :)

  92. Srinivas says:

    Hi Eric, this is fantastic… I am trying to learn SSAS 2012 – Tabular Model and am glad I ended up in a right portal. Thank you so much !!

  93. Mangesh says:

    Thanks Eric! These books are very useful.

  94. Kim Sweeney says:

    Hi Eric,

    The PDF for the Ebook-Own Your Future does not open. I keep getting an error message.

  95. I dont see the Windows 8 configuration book??

  96. mssmallbiz says:

    @ Ihab – The PDF link for the Kerberos doc has been updated. You should be good to go with it now. Thanks for the ping on that.

    Eric

  97. depolo says:

    Were can i find the ms press book for sql server 2008 reporting services?

    Thanks in advance

  98. Kire G says:

    Thank you for the books!

  99. Marshal says:

    Hey thanks Eric. That awsome !

    So many useful books and free.

  100. Hi Eric,

    Thanks for uploading Ebooks,

    Whenever you get a chance please look at the ebook of SQL Server 2012R2. after download it's giving error as damaged file.

    Thanks in advance!!

    Have a Nice Day

  101. Akash R. says:

    Thanks Eric for this nice effort…

  102. Sumit says:

    thanks alot…

  103. Wajiha Ahmed says:

    I am really thankful to Microsoft, for offering this all to us! And thanks to you Eric , for sharing this with us.

  104. Sirisha Motepalli says:

    Eric, Thank you…

  105. Chi says:

    Excellent, thanks: Backup and Restore of SQL Server Databases – EPUB is a bonus

  106. manikanta says:

    thank you .good stuff

  107. Jagadish says:

    Thank you

  108. Emmanuel Lopez says:

    Tahnk you Eric, this culture of share make wonder MS im feel great to belong !

  109. Gursharan says:

    Thank you for providing these wonderful books.

    This will surely encourage new programmers to learn these.

  110. GGTOME says:

    Thank you sir.

  111. Ed says:

    Thanks! Would love to see more MOBI or EPUB books…..

  112. Karthik says:

    Hello Eric,

    This is Karthik from Microsoft Cust Support APAC.

    Thanks for sharing this info this stuff would relly help me to support Cx.

  113. Veerendrakumar.balla says:

    Excellent collection. Helps alot

  114. Amit Pachahara says:

    Thanks Eric for providing straight link to download all these useful ebooks. Thanks Again.

  115. H. says:

    Thank you Eric for your kindness in sharing these e-books and content.

  116. Olivier says:

    Merci beacoup

  117. Genifer says:

    Thank you for these! SharePoint is one of those programs everyone seems to want employees to have experience with, and that I don't have access to, so good resources are always welcome!

  118. Indra says:

    awesome collection. Love it !

  119. J@rk00r says:

    Excellent collection of books!

    Unfortunately I find it very difficult (slow) read in English.

    A similar link where you can find them in Spanish?

    Thank you,

  120. @aboubacar diallo says:

    Thanks…

  121. Val says:

    Thanks for the wonderful gesture Eric…don't think I have seen anyone done something like this before without asking for your unborn child in return…Simply awesome!

  122. Frank G Hoffmann says:

    The SharePoint Kerberos PDF limnk is still wrong, DOXC is fine.

  123. amantk eng.amantk says:

    Eric I really am happy you have shared the link us.!

  124. Ganesh Pittala says:

    Thank Eric this help me upgrade our self to new versions and thatnks to Microsoft for providing this Books….

  125. Eng Moha says:

    fantastic Thank You

  126. Paluku says:

    this is awesome !!

    I like it

  127. zhang says:

    You are great

  128. Marcel says:

    A collegue of mine just gave me a hint of this site and i really appreciate the sharing! One thing however, the link to the PDF "Configure Kerberos Authentication for SharePoint 2010 Products" is still pointing to another eBook.

    tnx again for sharing!

    Marcel

  129. CMoore says:

    Just had time to download these ebooks. Thanks so much for posting them.  The PDF link for the Kerberos document still points to another document.  Can you update that link also?  Thx

  130. Hendro Moerdijantono says:

    Thank you very much Eric! : )

  131. Techiswag says:

    Thanks for this! Very very helpful!

  132. Pradip Pramanick says:

    Awesome collection

  133. Barb Gravel says:

    This is a wonderful offer, thank you.Since I need most of them is there some way to download the bunch altogether rather than one at a time? thx

  134. shashank saxena says:

    really gr8 work man, thanks…..

  135. mssmallbiz says:

    Thanks for the feedback on the PDF "Configure Kerberos Authentication for SharePoint 2010 Products" PDF link going to DOCX. Not sure what happened, but it's back to linking to the PDF again. Please give it another shot.

    Thanks,

    Eric

  136. Thank You says:

    Thanks for the collection.

  137. Sean says:

    Great list. Well done Eric. Huge thanks.

  138. This is like getting a treasure box !! Thank you so much!

  139. animesh says:

    it's really a nice collection of free ebooks…..i was searching a lot for sharepoint ebooks….thanks a lot…..

  140. Tsholos says:

    Wow Eric thank you so much for sharing mate, much appreciated

  141. James says:

    Great Stuff here…but am failing to download them,…Please help

  142. Durai S says:

    Thanks Eric for sharing very valuable collections.

  143. Yan says:

    Wow, Amazing! I have downloaded them!

  144. Muhammad Faheem Sarani says:

    Thank you! This is a tremendous resource for anyone using Microsoft software and technologies.

  145. mssmallbiz says:

    @ James – What difficulty are you having downloading them? Have you tried right-clicking on the format you want to download, then selecting, "Save Target As" and then choosing where you want to download the eBook to in order to download it directly vs. opening it first? If you're still having issues, are you on a business network that may have a firewall up to prevent downloads? If so, maybe try to download them from another internet connection and see if that works.

    Thank you,

    Eric

  146. AUSTIN says:

    Thanks

  147. Syed Saad says:

    can anyone provide the downloading link for Visual C++ 2010 ?

    and another question..is it the latest version IDE?

  148. Mircea says:

    These are great books. Thank you for sharing Eric!

  149. anonymous says:

    Thank Sir /(- -)

    Thank you very very much for those links.

    Is  http:ligman.me  equals https://bitly.com ?

  150. Saran says:

    Can you share some books for .Net framework internals, c# , visual studio 2012, WPF, WCF,WWF.

  151. Chetan Narang says:

    Great work….helped a lot….can u help me with some video tutorials for windows mobile app development???

    thnxx in advance.

  152. Ghost0bk says:

    Thanks you:)

  153. Dasy Dong says:

    This is great , Eric ,thanks so much for more free books.

  154. mssmallbiz says:

    @anonymous – Ligman.me utilizes bitly but is not the equivalent to substituting bitly.

  155. devil col says:

    Really Thanks.

  156. Kashif Masood Khan says:

    Thanks for uploading precious book online.

  157. James says:

    Awesome material.  Thank you Eric!!!