I just happened to notice a shared link that Marcus of the Clubhouse (Windows Community Manager) posted for this new book. It is not available for sale yet, but I thought you might want to know about it anyway so you may pre-order it. The price is less for pre-orders according to the Amazon.com page:
It seems like a great book, so I thought I’d help pass the word. Here is a description of the book from its Amazon.com page:
A full-color, step-by-step guide for using the most popular free software and online offerings from Microsoft’s new Windows Live Essentials
Microsoft’s new operating system – Windows 7 – isn’t including many applications you might be used to seeing. Instead, those applications are being made available as set of free downloads called Windows Live Essentials, with the promise of more frequent updates independent of when the operating system releases happen. Windows Live Essentials includes tools such as Messenger, Mail, Writer, Photo Gallery, and Movie Maker. This valuable guide shows you how to use these applications so that you accomplish everyday tasks successfully and smartly.
Step-by-step instructions show you how to use not only these applications, but also associated Windows Live on-line services. As an example, you’ll learn just how easy it is to create panoramic pictures in seconds or how to create movies from pictures in just a few minutes. Then you’ll get the inside scoop on how to communicate and share using Messenger, SkyDrive, Spaces, and Groups.
- Windows Live Essentials are available as free downloads for the Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP operating systems
- Reviews what is included Windows Live products such as Messenger, Mail, Writer, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker as well as Windows Live services like Spaces, Groups, SkyDrive, Calendar, and Events
- Provides you with essential information on using the applications and services efficiently in order to accomplish everyday tasks.
With this book, you’ll quickly be on your way to accessing these useful applications in an effort to making your life easier.
This seems like it would be a great book to give to a family member or friend who is getting a computer soon, or for somebody new to all of the features of Windows Live.
Edited to add:
Marcus posted a comment to this blog entry with more information. I will quote it here in its entirety:
Thanks for your kind words, folks. I hope this has some good shelf life. We couldn’t talk about each and every feature, but we tried to hit the highlights for someone who is relatively new to the world of Windows Live. You all are already Windows Live experts, so I’m not sure how much more you’ll discover in this book, but thanks for ordering it if you do. 🙂
Maybe they’ll invite me back to help with the next "edition" when the next release of Windows Live comes out.
I’ve learned a lot from all of you and look forward to continuing to do so!
Good luck with the book, Marcus!