Microsoft Surface books

I’ve had the opportunity to review some of the books out there covering the use of Surface (Surface Pro & Surface RT) and Windows 8. While a lot (if not all) of the information about the Surface or Windows 8 is freely available on the internet, sometimes it’s just nice to be able to find it all in one place (like in a book).

So, for this post, I thought I’d share some of the books that I liked. I wouldn’t recommend you get them all as there’s a lot of redundancy but you might want to consider getting one for reference.

Surface For Dummies

I have to admit that I like the dummies books. They’re written in an easy to digest style that lets you learn the basics as quickly as possible. This one also covers picking the right version of the Microsoft Surface (Surface Pro & Surface RT) for your needs.

Exploring Windows 8 For Dummies

Another one of the dummies books I like so much. This one focuses more generically on Windows 8, so it might be a better book for you if you already feel comfortable using your Surface tablet.

Microsoft Surface: Visual QuickStart Guide

Honestly, this is pretty similar to the “for dummies” book above but I liked how it gave a lot of step-by-step instructions with pictures to help you along. Really helpful if you’re someone who is a visual learner.

Windows 8 Quick Reference Guide

This one is a 4-page laminated pamphlet that isn’t really useful if you’re really trying to learn about the Surface or Windows 8. However, if you’re in an business environment and are rolling out Windows 8 or Surface tablets to your users, this is quite handy to include as part of your roll-out.

Windows 8: The Missing Manual

What makes this one stand out is the almost complete lack of jargon. Most of the other books above don’t have a lot of jargon either but this author seems to have gone out of his way to avoid it. It’s focused on using Windows 8 and gets into some more advanced tips in later chapters.

Well, that’s pretty much it for the books I’d recommend. Don’t forget to check out the Kindle version that might save you a few bucks.

If you like the books (or even if you don’t) feel free to leave a comment with your feedback.


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