When Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, a slew of third-party self-help manuals soon follows.
The launch of Windows 10 is no exception; Amazon lists over a hundred guides on working with the new OS. We’ve narrowed the list down to two we recommend — and one we can’t.
In this review, I focus on how each of the books describes changes to key parts of Windows (and not necessarily for the better). I also looked at Win10’s digital assistant, Cortana.
Note that most of these books also come in digital versions such as Kindle books.
Windows 10: The Missing Manual
There was once a time when software came packaged with detailed manuals in one or more small binders. (Remember the original WordPerfect user guides?) But today, documentation comes in some sort of digital or online format — or we’re forced to go on an online scavenger hunt, searching for the information we need.
Former New York Times technology columnist David Pogue got fed up with missing manuals, and the dry computer books that were tedious to read. So he created the “Missing Manuals” series, for Windows, Macs, and applications. Each offers clear and engaging instructions that answer the question: “What’s this feature for?” It also covers features that are relatively useless or simply don’t work.
If you’re looking for just one book on Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 10: The Missing Manual (O’Reilly; U.S. $39.99) might be all you need to master Win10’s intricacies.