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Free Windows 8 E-book from MSPress for IT-Pros

Microsoft Press have given out a free preview of the "Introducing Windwows 8 - An overview for IT Professionals" by Jerry Honeycutt. I have not read the book yet, but now that Jerry Honeycutt always delivers.
 
Will read the book soon, put please drop a comment about it :-)

The book can be downloaded from here
And remember that you can get the Windows 8 Enterprise Trial here

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