Microsoft gives away nearly 300 free, tip-packed ebooks and resource guides

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Get ready to drink deep from the fountain of knowledge. As he's done in years past, Microsoft senior sales excellence manager Eric Ligman has compiled a veritable flood of free Microsoft ebooks and other resources, offering up nearly 300 gratis guides for your reading pleasure.

To be fair, most of the materials—which we first noticed thanks to BetaNews—are basic guides, sales materials, or deeply technical tomes delving into the arcane arts of, say, Azure, Sharepoint, and Microsoft Dynamics. Valuable resources, sure, but maybe not consumer-friendly resources.

That being said, sifting around the treasure trove reveals some handy-dandy resources that everyday folks could find interesting. There's a hefty Windows 7 Power Guide up for grabs, as well as "Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals," clocking in at 139 pages, and a teen-focused "Own Your Space—Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online" all the way at the bottom of the page.

Some of the smaller free resources might be useful to keep around as handy helpers, too. You'll find keyboard shortcut guides for virtually every Microsoft product—Windows 7, Windows 8, Office, Sharepoint, Outlook, you name it—along with shorter tips like "What to do before you call tech support" and various Office product quick start guides. IT types will find plenty to drool over.

Did I mention all of these Microsoft resources are free? Go check them out, and if you're looking for even more helpful (and free!) computing advice, wander over to PCWorld's how-to section. Not to brag, but we've got waaaaay more than 300 articles that can walk novices and pros alike through all sorts of nifty tricks. Our guides to blanketing your home in Wi-Fi, the 17 obscure Windows tricks too powerful to ignore, and turning your Windows tablet or old laptop into a PC gaming powerhouse with Steam game streaming are just the tip of the iceberg. (OK, maybe I'm bragging a little.)

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