What do you want me to include in my new Windows 8 books?

Next week I’ll start writing not just one, but two new Windows 8 books, I’ll find the time somehow and have already booked a nice summer break to recover  :}  I always want to make my books as great and as readable as they can possibly be, so I thought I’d introduce them to you here and ask what it is that YOU want to see in them.

The Windows 8 Power Users Guide is the first commercial version of my self-published Power Users Guide series.  The book is getting a content makeover this time around and will be for enthusiasts and IT Pros who either want to find out how to use Windows 8 like the pros do, or who already are a pro and want to really unlock the power of the OS.

Windows 8 Out of the Box is a very different book for a very different market.  This book will be for complete computer newbies or non-technical people.  It will focus on the things we all actually do with our computers and work through simple and, crucially, short instructions on how to achieve the most common computing tasks.  This will include things that Windows 8 might not be able to do natively but that we use our computers for day to day.

Here at Windows7News and Windows8News you’re always full of great ideas.  Are there any areas you’d particularly like me to focus on, perhaps virtualization or deployment in the Power Users Guide or advanced photo editing or home networking in Out of the Box.  Why not let me know in the comments below and you can help shape these books to become the very best that they can be.  Thank you all  :)

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2 Responses to What do you want me to include in my new Windows 8 books?

  1. Fred Knottenbelt March 7, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    In your book Troubleshooting W7 Inside Out you discuss the booting system of W7 and the repair if it is not doing its job. That part is very disappointing: nowhere in the book (or index) the missing bootmanager is discussed! While often the message appears: “bootmanager missing”.
    And I hope that this time you will check if the index points to the correct pages, because a book without a good index is useless!

  2. fzz March 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Is there any way to write tile apps using just VBScript or PowerShell? If so, examples such as displaying the names of files which have recently been added to a shared network directory. Is there a workplace tile app to show which people from a user-controlled list are scheduled to be out of the office? Does the Scheduled Tasks applet in Control Panel work with Metro apps? Are Metro tiles and App Menu entries stored in directories like the Start Menu, in XML files, in the regstry or somewhere else? Can Metro apps expose object models so they can be scripted, or are they exclusively interactive? If they can be scripted, can scripts run them when they’re not on screen? Simple stuff like that.

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