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Feb 18 2013   4:24PM GMT

MS Ups Windows 8 Free Programming Blitz: Plans to Rev Free eBook



Posted by: Ed Tittel
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In many ways, this free MS Press e-book first signaled Microsoft's seriousness about promoting Win8 apps; a revision re-emphasizes that commitment.

In many ways, this free MS Press e-book first signaled Microsoft’s seriousness about promoting Win8 apps; a revision re-emphasizes that commitment.

Last October, MS Press released a free e-book entitled Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It also offers free jump start classes for all three of the MCSD: Windows Store Apps exams (70-480, -481, and -482) through two existing pre-recorded classes already available through the Microsoft Virtual Academy, with a third live session planned for February 27, 2013 (register here). This morning, I just learned through the Born to Learn blog that Kraig Brockenschmidt and MS Press are reaching out to the over 300,000 potential readers of Programming Windows 8 Apps to seek out suggestions and feedback for a planned upcoming revision to the book. They plan to incorporate this feedback, and still keep offering the e-book for free!

A free e-book is good, a free user-driven revision is even better.

A free e-book is good, a free user-driven revision is even better.

I have to re-emphasize my opinion that Windows is putting extraordinary resources behind the tools and resources it’s giving away to persuade and cajole developers to jump on the Windows Store App bandwagon. It was already pretty obvious that the company is doing a lot to stimulate such¬†interest and uptake: this latest announcement¬†just takes that premise a little further, and makes it even more blatant that they want to feed the development work necessary to provide apps to increase user interest and buy-in into Windows 8 itself.

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