Windows 8: How to Download the Free Windows 8 E-book Directly from Microsoft

Windows 8: How to Download the Free Windows 8 E-book Directly from MicrosoftReady, set, go! The new, extraordinary, long-awaited Windows 8 is now ready for purchase and download. In fact, even the installation disks are ready to be directly ordered from Microsoft. Of course, all of this hype is Microsoft placing the majority of its eggs into one basket as it introduces what some are calling a revolutionary change in the way that Windows will function, all the while hoping and praying that Windows 8 will be the operating system that will catapult the company into the tablet era.

If you remember, Microsoft has done this in the past, specifically when it successfully turned the industry on its ear back in 1995 with the introduction of the Windows 95 operating system. However, no matter what your opinion of Windows 8 may be, the fact remains that this is the path that Microsoft has chosen on which to bet its future success. If the company succeeds, it will be a competitive force in the marketplace. If not, it could slip into obscurity. Whichever scenario unfolds, Microsoft’s success (for both the tablet and desktop marketplace) is already carved in stone.

While I have been a Windows user since Microsoft first introduced the concept back in the ’80s, I must admit that Windows 8 will leave even some of its faithful with an unpleasant taste in their mouths. In fact, some of you who make the switch may be in for a shock when you discover how cumbersome navigating the new operating system — especially on a desktop or laptop system without touch — can be.

If you have already installed the new operating system, I am sure that shock was multiplied when you discovered that you were going to need to navigate not one, but two, different environments: one using Live Tiles and the other using the traditional Windows Desktop (that looks surprisingly a lot like Windows 7). Due to this similarity, one would expect the system to operate in a similar manner to its predecessor, but unfortunately, Microsoft has made changes to the Desktop environment that will cause issues for some. The first of these issues is how to get to your program list since there is no Start button. To give you a preview of how this system works, you can view the following YouTube video that shows what may happen to some of you as you take your first spin around the new operating system.

Microsoft is aware of the struggle that some may experience when first attempting to navigate this new operating system, and has taken peremptory action by offering a free Windows 8 guide for IT Professionals. This guide covers many of the features that you most likely will be using, and is available for all versions of Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows Enterprise, and Windows RT. In addition, the manual offers some tips and tricks as well as revealing some of the hidden features as it guides you through the new operating system.

After having printed off and read the manual, which consists of 147 pages of information, I am sure that you will find it useful when exploring Windows 8 with all of its newest features. You will also find that the manual includes information on those features that Microsoft has chosen to eliminate, which will keep you from searching for something that is no longer incorporated into the program. As always, if you have insights into the working of Windows 8 or thoughts on this article, I would appreciate hearing from you.

Comments are welcome.

Source and download: Microsoft

Image courtesy of Microsoft Corp.

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • J. Obando

    Good article and now the comment: Come on!!! It’s 2012! There’s more players now in the marketplace than back in 95. You (Microsoft) CANNOT expect us to read 147 pages to learn how to interact with an OS that’s been around for 17 years. Make no excuse on the new UI nor the reasons you had to leave two different environments living together in your Frank-OS-tein you designed for 3+ years. Seriously, Windows 8 is Windows 7 with a tablet UI custom, very appropriated for the Halloween season they chose to release it.

    Nowadays, competition has led the players to design intuitive OSs with no (or very gentle) learning curves, And you (Microsoft) come telling me that I have to read just 147 pages so I can interact with the device / OS you’ve just created .

    Dear MS, this is not 1982 nor 1995, MOVE ON, stop living in the past of your good memories. It’s 2012 and counting.

    • http://twitter.com/tbsteph tbsteph

      Just a little over reaction, maybe?
      You don’t want MSFT to live in the past yet, you don’t want them to progress? Bit bipolar. FWIW, I think most people can learn what the need to know about Win 8 without any books – but, that’s just the opinion of an oldster.

      • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

        They should have separated the experiences.

    • Guest

      Just like folks never read that manual for anything, right!?
      And teachers should never have to get a teaching degree/license to teach. Doctors
      don’t need a degree or license to practice medicine, since it has been around
      for centuries.

      You or your auto mechanic should never have to read how to fix your car because cars have been around since 1891. Based on your response I can assume you never read the manual to your car, never read how to change the oil and with what type.

      Cars,boats just buy them, jump in and drive. Oh, wait, it’s a manual shift car, I
      don’t know how to do this, I am going to have to teach myself how, or get someone
      to teach me and this whole boat thing, hey it’s just a car on water, right!? And why do I have to go to driving school and get a license?

      Or wait,folks have been jumping out of airplanes for decades. I don’t need to learn how to do it, I’ll just go buy any parachute and rent a plane, hey, I’ll even fly
      it because it’s been around for decades and jump out all by myself.

      You should never have to read up any how to train you body for a particular
      sport/activity or even to get healthy, well, because the human body has been
      around since creation / evolution (whatever you choice is).
      Math has been around for centuries, why should I have to read a book or go to school for it.

      Really!?

      Every OS comes with a Users and Administrators manual (for those who really want to know what they are doing or get the best out of it), whether you choose to read/leverage them is a whole different matter.

      If you really want to know about anything you have to get educated (self-educated or books or a real school).

      No one can teach you anything, no matter how much of an expert they are or claim to be, unless you are willing to learn what they have to offer. You will never become good at anything unless you are willing to learn it, practice it, make it a
      habit or lifestyle.

      Yea, sure the OS has been around for 17+ years, but this is not Windows 1x or DOS 1x. It’s a new system, and new game. DOS, was fine (fast simple small) why was there ever a reason to leave it? Because the command line just made them (computers) little secret devices for those who learned it (the tiny secret elite).

      The OS has been around for 17+ years, but I can bet you do not know everything about it or even half, or such a comment would not have been made. There are
      literally tons of shortcut keys in all operating system and software since any
      were invented/created, in use. How many of these have you really tried to learn
      or master for any OS you may have used.

      It is easy to complain about anything, just to avoid having to deal with it.

      It takes a lot more willingness to learn, adapt and help others.

      I dream of a day where everyone will simply stop just complaining, but if you do complain, offer up a multiple proven answers to a given situation / scenario and allow that information to give the individual what they need to make a decision.

      Personal opinions about one tech or the other is a complete waste of time, because what works for you or one or anybody may not work for someone else. That’s why there is choice.

      If you can state why you don’t / won’t do something, that’s fine, but it is only a
      fact / preference to you. What you won’t do or what does not work for you, may
      be perfectly fine for someone else.
      That is why everyone is not a doctor, lawyer, teacher, auto mechanic, computer programers, etc.

  • J. Obando

    Good article and now the comment: Come on!!! It’s 2012! There’s more players now in the marketplace than back in 95. You (Microsoft) CANNOT expect us to read 147 pages to learn how to interact with an OS that’s been around for 17 years. Make no excuse on the new UI nor the reasons you had to leave two different environments living together in your Frank-OS-tein you designed for 3+ years. Seriously, Windows 8 is Windows 7 with a tablet UI custom, very appropriated for the Halloween season they chose to release it.

    Nowadays, competition has led the players to design intuitive OSs with no (or very gentle) learning curves, And you (Microsoft) come telling me that I have to read just 147 pages so I can interact with the device / OS you’ve just created .

    Dear MS, this is not 1982 nor 1995, MOVE ON, stop living in the past of your good memories. It’s 2012 and counting.

  • J. Obando

    Gosh! Some reply huh!!! You’re right, maybe I overreacted my experience with W8. I’m not a “full” Windows user since 2010 when I switched to Mac. I just use it to work in Excel because I work with macros and automated workbooks I design for companies.
    Since I’m a proffessor, I agree with your point of view. We always have to learn if we want to explore new ways, tasks or even OSs.