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Microsoft, Dell Releases Free Windows 8 for Dummies, More

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Microsoft has made available a bunch of free e-books, one of which is a Windows 8 for Dummies: Pocket Edition co-authored by Dell.

Although we have an excellent guide for getting you up to speed with the new Windows 8 environment, Microsoft and Dell have released a downloadable "pocket edition" of Windows 8 for Dummies. This 138-page PDF takes new and experienced Windows users by the hand and dishes out enough information so that they can be productive with the new OS, not an expert.

"Treat this book like you would a dictionary or other reference text," it reads. "Turn to the page with the information you need and say, 'Ah, so that's what they're talking about.' Then put down the book and move on."

The ebook is broken down into seven chapters: The New Start Screen, The Traditional Desktop, Storage (Internal, External and in the Sky), Working with Apps, Engaging the Social Apps, Getting Connected and Having Fun through the Start Screen, and Ten Things You'll Hate About Windows 8 (And How to Fix Them). The latter chapter covers topics like avoiding the desktop, fixing the print screen command, keeping track of open windows, and more.

Also launched is the E-Book Gallery for Microsoft Technologies on TechNet. Here users can download content for ASP.NET, Office, SQL Server, Windows Azure, SharePoint Server and other Microsoft technologies in e-book formats. These include reference, guide, and step-by-step information, and range in subjects including "Deployment guide for Office 2013", "Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript", and more. All the e-books are free, and new books will be posted as they become available.

IT World points out that there are two additional "giant collections" of free Microsoft e-books now available to access, mostly in PDF format. These e-books were gathered by Eric Ligman over on MSDN, some of which are already listed on the previously-mentioned gallery. There are a total of 80 e-books spanning across collection one and collection two.

 

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    drwho1 , November 5, 2012 9:01 PM
    I boot straight to my desktop.... not thanks to MS... who tried to make it impossible to use.

    Long Live the START button! :) 
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    Devoteicon , November 5, 2012 8:54 PM
    Calling your consumers dummies is not good PR.
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    yyk71200 , November 5, 2012 8:52 PM
    Avoiding Desktop? Better tell people how to avoid Start Screen.
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  • 0 Hide
    deftonian , November 5, 2012 8:54 PM
    Quote:
    Windows 8 for Dummies


    Getting my popcorn ready now. I can only imagine what will be said in this thread regarding the oxymoron of this subject. :) 
  • 11 Hide
    Devoteicon , November 5, 2012 8:54 PM
    Calling your consumers dummies is not good PR.
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    nah51dog , November 5, 2012 8:55 PM
    yeah i go days at a time without touching the start screen.
  • 16 Hide
    drwho1 , November 5, 2012 9:01 PM
    I boot straight to my desktop.... not thanks to MS... who tried to make it impossible to use.

    Long Live the START button! :) 
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    twisted politiks , November 5, 2012 9:01 PM
    Funny, after reading all of the bad talk on the windows 8 start screen, I was skeptical on switching over. After seeing the windows 8 upgrade pro for $40, I couldn't pass it up (poor college student living on his own). I must say, I have no idea what everybody is talking about with the start screen, I'm just going to assume they haven't used it. I use it as a giant start button, all my programs, directories, and control panel stuff is on there. I am loving it, and am glad I switched over to windows 8. The apps are nice as well, as they provide a more streamlined, aesthetically pleasing environment.
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    memadmax , November 5, 2012 9:09 PM
    ffs, just who is the dummy?
    From the free win8 for dummies book:

    "Desktop tile: When it’s time for work, head for
    the Start screen’s desktop tile. The traditional
    Windows desktop appears, shown in Figure 1-2,
    bringing all its power — as well as its detailed,
    cumbersome menus."
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    soo-nah-mee , November 5, 2012 9:10 PM
    I think it's a great idea to release this for free, especially since I was considering buying the book. It's unfortunate that even for a techie it takes quite a bit of effort to become proficient with W8. This is what the new generation of PC is going to entail though, so we might as well get used to it.

    Anyone else feel like they are being labeled a "dummy" by Mike Dell and Steve Ballmer if they download the book?
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    killerclick , November 5, 2012 9:13 PM
    twisted politiksI must say, I have no idea what everybody is talking about with the start screen, I'm just going to assume they haven't used it. I use it as a giant start button, all my programs, directories, and control panel stuff is on there


    Either laptop user or Microsoft's astroturf fake account.
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    memadmax , November 5, 2012 9:13 PM
    Another problem I have with win8 is signing in with a freakin MS hotmail/live(or if ur old school like me, msn =O) account...

    Is this thing reporting back to home(MS) everything I'm doing on my own damn computer?
    Seems far fetched... but it's possible...

    I know i know, adjust my tin hat blah blah blah, but call me....

    cynical...
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    twisted politiks , November 5, 2012 9:14 PM
    killerclickEither laptop user or Microsoft's astroturf fake account.


    Funny, I am using windows 8 on my custom built PC. With a non touch screen, and keyboard and mouse.
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    jkflipflop98 , November 5, 2012 9:18 PM
    drwho1I boot straight to my desktop.... not thanks to MS... who tried to make it impossible to use.Long Live the START button!


    lol wtf are you talking about? Is it really that hard to click once and close your start menu?
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    jkflipflop98 , November 5, 2012 9:20 PM
    twisted politiksFunny, after reading all of the bad talk on the windows 8 start screen, I was skeptical on switching over. After seeing the windows 8 upgrade pro for $40, I couldn't pass it up (poor college student living on his own). I must say, I have no idea what everybody is talking about with the start screen, I'm just going to assume they haven't used it. I use it as a giant start button, all my programs, directories, and control panel stuff is on there. I am loving it, and am glad I switched over to windows 8. The apps are nice as well, as they provide a more streamlined, aesthetically pleasing environment.


    Win8 is awesome. People are scared shitless of things they don't understand.
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    kcorp2003 , November 5, 2012 10:05 PM
    everyone who is screaming for windows start button ^ you have a low IQ to do your own research to know that there's apps for it. start8, pokki, classic shell are just a few to name, that brings back the start button with a lot of customization. All the great benefits in windows 8 with your windows 7 environment is waiting for you.


    also dell is helping release "for dummies" books this is the pocket version. I read quite a few myself when i was young.
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    back_by_demand , November 5, 2012 10:12 PM
    DevoteiconCalling your consumers dummies is not good PR.

    Around 2300 "for dummies" titles in print and around 250 million books sold
    ...
    I don't think they mind too much
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    back_by_demand , November 5, 2012 10:14 PM
    killerclickEither laptop user or Microsoft's astroturf fake account.

    And yours is either an Apple or Google fake account
    ...
    See? That was easy too, how about we just be civil about all this instead and use whatever the hell we want without being bullied, mkay?
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    tomfreak , November 5, 2012 10:32 PM
    jkflipflop98lol wtf are you talking about? Is it really that hard to click once and close your start menu?
    lol +1, launching program from click startmenu->click frequent use program, must be faster than click directly on start screen /sarcasm
    kcorp2003everyone who is screaming for windows start button ^ you have a low IQ to do your own research to know that there's apps for it. start8, pokki, classic shell are just a few to name, that brings back the start button with a lot of customization. All the great benefits in windows 8 with your windows 7 environment is waiting for you..
    +1 again, I probably already launching my application while the same win7 user are still @ boot/login screen.
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    stickmansam , November 5, 2012 11:38 PM
    I have tried windows 8 and I really think it's not that bad. Given that, I think there should be choice for the old UI as a built in option instead of having to resort to third party apps. The new UI is focused too much on touch surfaces and small screen sizes. I don't think it scales that well with larger screened laptops and desktops (even touch ones). Losing the start menu and button isn't that big of a thing for tablets/small touch screen laptops but it really hurts once you hit larger size machines.
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    memadmax , November 5, 2012 11:58 PM
    Tomfreaklol +1, launching program from click startmenu->click frequent use program, must be faster than click directly on start screen /sarcasm+1 again, I probably already launching my application while the same win7 user are still @ boot/login screen.


    The differences in boot times are so small it's not a very good sales pitch at all...

    And I can tell you are just a troll without win8 because you said "probably".......
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    tomfreak , November 6, 2012 12:45 AM
    memadmaxThe differences in boot times are so small it's not a very good sales pitch at all...And I can tell you are just a troll without win8 because you said "probably".......
    I already have 2 copies of win8 for $15 each, just because someone doesnt agree with ur opinion doesnt make them a troll.
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