Introducing Windows 8- An Overview for IT Professionals FREE ebook from Microsoft Press

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This week, we have released a new FREE preview e-Book for IT professionals: Introducing Windows 8 – An Overview for IT Professionals. Now that Windows 8 is generally available, this book is a great way to get quickly up-to-speed on all the new improvements in this latest Windows release.  In addition to a re-imagined user interface that provides an immersive experience across touch, pen, keyboard and mouse inputs, Windows 8 also includes significant updates across hardware support, management, security, networking, storage, virtualization, deployment, and recovery – all areas that are critically important to IT Pros! 

In this 147-page eBook, you’ll find 11 chapters of detailed technical content covering the following key improvements for supporting PCs with Windows 8:

Inside This eBook ..

  • Hardware Innovations
    Touch; Long battery life; Thiner, lighter, faster; Sensors and security; New Form Factors
  • Experiencing Windows 8
    Walk-through the new UI and key improvements to Task Manager and File Explorer.
  • Customizing and Configuring Windows 8
    Profile customization, Tile configuration, PC Settings, Redesigned NTFS


  • Networking Enhancements
    BranchCache, DirectAccess, Mobile broadband, IPv6
  • Deploying Windows 8
    Windows 8 SKUs, Application Compatibility, User State Migration, Deployment and Imaging, Windows PE, Volume Activation Management Tool, Windows-to-Go
  • Delivering Windows Apps
    Windows app lifecycle, Distributing via Windows Store, Distributing with an Enterprise
  • Windows 8 Recovery
    File History, Refresh and Reset, Windows Recovery Environment, DaRT, Advanced Options
  • Windows 8 Management
    PowerShell 3.0, Group Policy Improvements, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, Windows Intune
  • Windows 8 Security
    Secure boot, SmartScreen, Vulnerability mitigation and sandboxing, BitLocker, Virtual smart cards, Dynamic Access Control

  • Internet Explorer 10
    New features, Group Policies for IE 10

  • Windows 8 Virtualization
    Client Hyper-V, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Application virtualization, User state virtualization