There are a lot of free materials out there for learning Microsoft products, and suprisingly (or not?) a lot of them are from Microsoft themselves. I thought I’d take a moment to organize and collect my list of free resources in the hopes that not only will it help me organize and find what I need, but also help others of you who don’t know about this stuff.
The one main source I’m using here is the MSDN MSsmallBiz blog with posts by Eric Ligman. There are a massive number of titles to look at, but I’ve not seen them compiled into one place. Keep in mind that some of these are older and all the links may not work. I will update this list in the future if I find new/interesting free education materials in this genre.
This was the first list to go up and start the whole series. Almost all of the offerings come in multiple formats (PDF, EPUB, MOBI).
Visual Studio 2010 – Office 365 – Windows 8 – SQL Server 2012
The second in the series, and the least interesting of the groups, but it does come with some interesting titles. This group only comes in one format: PDF.
Own Your Space (a book for teens, no really) – SQL Server 2012 Dev Training Kit
The last group contains quite a few of the previous two sections (but not all, I’ve found). Most are in PDF or DOCX (word) format with a few in portable and non-portable formats thrown in.
MS Office – Powershell 4.0 (this stuff is really good) – CRM – Quick Start Guide group – even more SQL Server 2012
If you’re looking for information on specific Microsoft technologies or if you’re gearing up for an MS cert, check out the Microsoft Virtual Academy. They’ve got kind of a neat gamification thing going on where you get points for completing certain courses.