Last Update Before the 2020 Edition
The Office 365 for IT Pros eBook writing team is proud to announce the availability of the 15th update issued for the 2019 edition. The updated files are dated June 11, 2019 and can be downloaded from Gumroad.com (EPUB/PDF versions) and Amazon (Kindle). The changes in this update are largely due to the end to end technical edit we do annually to prepare for the release of a new edition. You can see details in our change log. Details about how to download updated files are described in our FAQ.
So Many Changes in Just One Year
In total, we made 164 significant changes to the 24 chapters since the release of the 2019 edition last July. The chapters that received most updates were those dealing with SharePoint Online, Teams, and Azure Information Protection, all evidence of a great deal of change in those areas over the year. Apart from the significant changes, the book was under constant development to correct smaller errors such as changes in hyperlinks (the bane of our lives), updates in screen layouts, improve code in some of the 1,100+ PowerShell examples, and so on. Just about every one of the 1,170 pages were updated in some shape or form and we added some 50,000 words of extra content over the year. Office 365 certainly kept us busy!
The sheer number of changes is evidence of why the traditional printed book model doesn’t cope well with fast-changing cloud technologies like the Office 365 ecosystem. We’re very happy with the decision we took in 2014 to go with ePublishing and we think that our model of monthly updates works well.
Office 365 for IT Pros (2020 Edition) on July 1
This update is the last we will release before the publication of the 2020 edition, anticipated on July 1. At that time, we will extend a low-cost offer to subscribers to extend their subscription to cover the 2020 edition. Thanks to our sponsors Quadrotech, people who buy full-price copies of the 2019 edition in May and June will receive free upgrades to the 2020 edition. We will send email with codes to upgrade to eligible recipients on July 1.
Our plan for the 2020 edition will follow the model of the 2019 edition. We plan to release monthly updates to track changes inside Office 365 and already have a growing list of new features we know are due to arrive in different apps over the next few months. Our summer will pass quickly in a haze of writing.
Buy Office 365 for IT Pros today and receive a free update to the 2020 edition after it’s released in July 2019. No other publisher gives this kind of offer to subscribers, but then again, we are just a tad different…