Time for a free gift! There used to be a time, back in the good old 90s, when printed copies of technical books from Microsoft Press were a hot commodity. Stuff of dreams, for many.

Now, however, the dream is digital — ebooks rule the roost these days.

And if you are looking for free resources to make the most of Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, even Azure, SharePoint, Dynamics CRM and PowerShell, then this new post from Microsoft is the end of your search.

The company has published a total of 130 free ebooks, free for everyone to download and share them with friends and family to ensure that more users get to read the information.

Eric Ligman, senior sales excellence manager at Microsoft talked about this in a blog post:

“I’m also including links to the free eBooks I shared in the past so you have all of them here in one single post, making this my single largest collection EVER (Almost 300 total)!

Please enjoy these FREE eBooks and resources, and be sure to pass this along to your friends, colleagues, peers, and others who you think would benefit from and enjoy them. After all, wouldn’t it be fun if we could surpass the 1,000,000 download mark within just one week again?”

Some pretty big numbers here!

While most of the ebooks are available in the PDF format, many come in digital formats like EPUB, MOBI and even DOC, meaning they can be opened on desktop computers as well as tablets and ereaders.

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  • CaraMa

    Awesome promotion. I love reading ebooks now. At first I was opposed to it, but now I just find it easier.

  • Drew J

    A lot of these should be free normally in my opinion, but it’s a great offer and idea nonetheless. I think Microsoft is just starting to get.

  • Mike Greenway

    What’s going on in the last paragraph? “If you would like to find out more about the next version of Microsoft Windows – Windows 9, here are some links you should probably check out.” The link below it says “Download Windows 9” How can that be? is this a scam? I frankly will not click on the link as it sound to shady? But I would like an explanation.