Experienced IT implementers primarily in medium and large organizations.
Comprehensive coverage of product capabilities and administration.
Essential, single-volume reference for IT administrators, with mission-critical insights, practical procedures, workarounds, and troubleshooting tactics.
Administrator's Companion books
Software engineers, development managers, and others.
Proven software engineering practices from leading industry practitioners.
Emphasis on methodology rather than specific development tools. Pragmatic approaches to real-world challenges.
Best Practices books
Best Practices for IT Professionals
Experienced IT professionals, including administrators, engineers, architects, and support professionals.
Pragmatic solutions and real-world advice from expert practitioners.
Full IT lifecycle coverage, from planning, design, and deployment, through operations. Features “Notes from the Field” from industry experts and Microsoft product teams.
Best Practices for IT Professionals books
Experienced users who want to sharpen their professional skills (e.g., giving presentations, project management, and collaboration).
Training that increases effectiveness and impact on the job and focuses on soft skills, where technology is a means, not the end.
Emphasis on practical, real-world methodology and business scenarios, not software features.
Business Skills books
Intermediate- to advanced-level developers responsible for writing, debugging, testing, deploying, and maintaining code.
Core topics and essential techniques for professional developers.
Essential “working developer” reference. Broad coverage. Peer-to-peer approach. Practical coding insights.
Developer Reference books
Developer Step by Step
Experienced programmers new to a particular technology, version, or topic. Not for beginners.
Hands-on, step-by-step guide to fundamental tools and techniques.
Learning methodology is sequential; lessons and chapters build on each other. Hands-on exercises with ready-made practice files. Companion e-book.
Developer Step by Step books
IT professionals and developers preparing for Microsoft Certification exams.
Official Microsoft exam reference focusing on the critical skills and knowledge measured by a certification exam.
Organized by exam objectives. Features full objective overviews, exam tips, notes, and a thought experiment on strategic, “what if” scenarios. Exam discount voucher.
Exam Ref books
Intermediate to advanced users who want to dig deep and take their expertise to the next level.
Beyond the basics information that dives right into higher level topics and tasks—in depth.
Ultimate in-depth reference, supremely organized, and packed with timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and expert advice. Companion e-book.
Inside Out books
Plain & Simple
Ideal for beginners and others seeking an easy, visual approach to everyday tasks.
Broad coverage of core topics and everyday tasks.
Full color, with easy-to-follow steps and screenshots that show users what to do.
Plain & Simple books
General to intermediate level skills and experience.
Concise how-to and problem-solving information, with a focus on tasks, not concepts.
Portable, “pocket-size,” and organized for quick reference. Features easy-scan tables, lists, and instructions to help you get the job done.
Pocket Consultant books
IT professionals and developers seeking a professional certification.
Streamlined review of the skills and knowledge tested by the exams.
Practical, streamlined guide that quickly identifies where to focus and practice. Features "need-to-know" checklists, review questions, tips, and links to other resources.
Rapid Review books
Beginning programmers and students.
Hands-on, introductory level guide to programming tools/technologies.
Introduces foundational, must-know concepts and techniques in a tutorial style. Features code samples.
Start Here! books
Step by Step
Beginning and intermediate users who like to learn through lessons and exercises.
Practical, fundamental skills for core software features.
Tutorial. Builds skills hands-on by following easy numbered steps and using ready-made practice files. Companion e-book.
Step by Step books
IT professionals and developers.
Comprehensive hands-on training to develop real-world, job-specific skills.
Builds hands-on expertise through a series of lessons, exercises, and suggested practices—and helps maximize performance on the job. Can be used to supplement cert-exam prep.
Training Guide books
Experienced technology professionals preparing for a Microsoft Certification exam.
Guide that focuses on the skills and knowledge measured by the certification exams—and on the job.
Two-in-one exam prep: Official Microsoft Study Guide + Practice Tests. Full coverage of exam objectives. Case scenarios, best practices, exercises, exam discount voucher, and e-book.
Training Kit books