Top 3 best selling SharePoint 2010 books for End-users

Since is almost Christmas I decided to create a reading list to inspire people, and to have a quick overview of available reading material on SharePoint 2010 and related products. Be early this year and buy your Christmas gift (or for your partner, friend…) now! This is the first post of a TOP 3 series post and it is all about the best-selling SharePoint books for end-users and power users.

Best SharePoint book for End-User/Power user: Top  3

1. Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple: Learn the simplest ways to get things done with Microsoft SharePoint 2010

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple end user This is a basic book about SharePoint. However, this is perfect to teach end users on what SharePoint can do and how to do some basic things. The pictures make it very friendly to read and the step-by-step is simple and to the point. If you are a SharePoint professional, you might be disappointed in this book, but everybody who needs/wants to learn more SharePoint will be happy with this book.
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2. How to Do Everything Microsoft SharePoint 2010

How to Do Everything Microsoft SharePoint 2010 best selling book “How to Do Everything Microsoft SharePoint 2010” is written specifically for end users who want to get the most out of their companies SharePoint 2010 implementation. The book offers a concise overview of everything that SharePoint 2010 has to offer, which is useful to new SharePoint use. It is not the best ‘How To’ resource, but definitely a valuable addition to other SharePoint books.
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 3. Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 Step by Step

Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 best selling book “Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 Step by Step” is a solid guide for SharePoint Designer. It is straightforward, clearly written and full of very useful information about workflow, reporting and SharePoint Designer. Recommended for anyone who wants to learn about SharePoint Designer 2010 and all functionality it provides.
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SharePoint 2010 VHD files : download them now!

Last week, exactly one week ago SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 got launched. More information on http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/2010launch 

Since May 8th the Information worker VHD files are ready to be downloaded. You can find them at the Microsoft download center

You can also download them with the Akamai download manager
(links updated at September 17th 2010)

The download is about 18 GB big.

This is the content of the VHDs:

Virtual machine “A” contains the following pre-configured software:

  1. Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Evaluation Edition x64, running as an Active Directory Domain Controller for the “CONTOSO.COM” domain with DNS and WINS
  2. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition with Analysis, Notification, and Reporting Services
  3. Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2
  4. Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
  5. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition
  6. Microsoft Office Web Applications
  7. Microsoft FAST Search for SharePoint 2010
  8. Microsoft Project Server 2010
  9. Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010
  10. Microsoft Visio 2010
  11. Microsoft Project 2010
  12. Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2

Virtual machine “B” contains the following pre-configured software:

  1. Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Evaluation Edition x64, joined to the “CONTOSO.COM” domain
  2. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

Active directory has been preconfigured over 200 “demo” users with metadata in an organizational structure. All of these user profiles have been imported and indexed for search within SharePoint Server 2010.
SharePoint Server 2010 has been configured in a “Complete” farm using the default SQL Server 2008 R2 instance. A default site has been created using the Team Site template at http://intranet.contoso.com/ and a FAST Search Center at http://intranet.contoso.com/search/.
As shipped virtual machine “A” requires image “B” for email. Running image “B” is optional.

Last week, exactly one week ago SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 got launched. More information on http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/2010launch 

Since May 8th the Information worker VHD files are ready to be downloaded. You can find them at http://is.gd/cfVcv

You can also download them with the Akamai download manager

The download is about 18 GB big.

This is the content :

Virtual machine “A” contains the following pre-configured software:

  1. Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Evaluation Edition x64, running as an Active Directory Domain Controller for the “CONTOSO.COM” domain with DNS and WINS
  2. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition with Analysis, Notification, and Reporting Services
  3. Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2
  4. Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
  5. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition
  6. Microsoft Office Web Applications
  7. Microsoft FAST Search for SharePoint 2010
  8. Microsoft Project Server 2010
  9. Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010
  10. Microsoft Visio 2010
  11. Microsoft Project 2010
  12. Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2

Virtual machine “B” contains the following pre-configured software:

  1. Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Evaluation Edition x64, joined to the “CONTOSO.COM” domain
  2. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

Active directory has been preconfigured over 200 “demo” users with metadata in an organizational structure. All of these user profiles have been imported and indexed for search within SharePoint Server 2010.
SharePoint Server 2010 has been configured in a “Complete” farm using the default SQL Server 2008 R2 instance. A default site has been created using the Team Site template at http://intranet.contoso.com/ and a FAST Search Center at http://intranet.contoso.com/search/.
As shipped virtual machine “A” requires image “B” for email. Running image "B" is optional.