Improving Windows 10 Field Guide (Again)

Posted on September 5, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Paul, Windows 10 with 4 Comments

Improving Windows 10 Field Guide (Again)

It’s been a long time since I wrote about my book, Windows 10 Field Guide, here on Thurrott.com; I’m not very good at self-promotion. But work on the book continues, and it’s being updated now for the Fall Creators Update.

Written together with Rafael Rivera and Martin McClean, Windows 10 Field Guide is a self-published, full-length e-book about Microsoft’s flagship PC platform. And while I’d intended to update it fully for the Creators Update this year, life got in the way: My family and I decided to move to Pennsylvania back in April and we spent the better part of the past four months making that happen.

So much for that.

But now that we’re settled, I’ve begun working on the book again, and I actually completed revised two chapters, for Mail and Calendar, over the holiday weekend. What I’d like to do is update the existing content in the book for the Fall Creators Update by the product’s October 17 release date and then update the book further with new Fall Creators Update content after that.

This update (to the book) is notable for a couple of reasons. I wasn’t originally sure how long we should update the original version of the book for free, and was thinking that maybe the Creators Update might be dividing line, of sorts, between that book version and some future book. But since I was distracted by the move, we’ll update it for the Fall Creators Update instead. And that means that everyone who purchased Windows 10 Field Guide will continue getting free updates covering the very latest Windows 10 version through at least the end of 2017.

As important, I think, and after discussing this with Rafael and Martin, I’ve decided to target Windows 10 S as a baseline for this version of the book. That is, I’m ensuring that all of the existing content is written to Windows 10 S, and that everything described works properly with that version of the OS. When there are features or functionality that require Windows 10 Home or Pro, we’ll call that out so it’s obvious.

We’ve run into a weird problem with Leanpub, the online publishing platform we use forWindows 10 Field Guide, so the updated Mail and Calendar chapters are currently only available in EPUB form. But we hope to sort this out with them and get the PDF and MOBI versions updated soon as well. And we’ll keep pushing forward with new content regardless.

In short, thanks for supporting us if you have purchased Windows 10 Field Guide. And if you haven’t, please do consider buying a copy. It’s available for as little as $9.99.

Thanks! –Paul

 

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