Thailand MVP Rocks Windows 8 with his largest 1,080 pages book ‘Windows 8 All-In-One For Dummies’


Thailand Windows Home Server MVP Woody Leonhard is a Senior Contributing Editor at InfoWorld, Senior Editor at Windows Secrets newsletter, and the author of dozens of books about Windows and Office as well as thousands of articles and blog posts. He has been writing computer books for 21 years – his first was ‘Windows 3.1 Programming for Mere Mortals.” Hard to believe, Woody has been turning out Windows and Office books for just about as long as there’s been an Office and Windows!

With the hype and excitement stirring around Windows 8, Woody spent 4 months together with his editorial team to completely re-think and re-design the All-In-One approach to fit Win8 – and ended up with, by far, the largest book he has ever written: 1,080 pages of no-bull, yet fun, coverage of every nook and cranny of ‘Windows 8 All-in-One for Dummies’

In an exclusive interview with Woody, we asked him what inspired him to write this book.

“My first “For Dummies” book, “Windows XP All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies,” defined the All-In-One format for computer books. I’ve followed it up with All-In-One for every version of Windows since. Windows 8’s uniquely complex, in that it embodies everything in Windows 7, with a pile of new desktop features, and all of the “modern” Metro side.  My shtick from the earliest days is a simple one: I tell the truth, as best I can discern it, and talk plainly about what I find. If a feature works well, I jump up and down and show people how to get the most out of it. If a feature doesn’t work well – or doesn’t work right – I tell people how to avoid or deal with the problems. The impact, quite simply, is an unbiased, independent view of how everyday consumers can best use Windows and Office.

“Win8 AIO” (as we call it) is aimed at a very broad segment, one technological step higher than “Windows 8 For Dummies.” The two work together, actually, with “Win8 For Dummies” an introductory, expository book, and Win8 AIO a more in-depth reference book.”

Sharing his views in this final bit of interview, I think it’s important for people in the computer business to realize that this book was written, from beginning to end, in my home office in Phuket. People like to talk about telecommuting and using the technology that we create and write about to get work done. Win8 AIO is a very real example of what can be done in a geographically diverse way, with the writing in Asia, editing and production in various parts of the US, and final assembly at the Wiley plant in the US. The book will doubtless be translated into many languages, with production undertaken all over the world. Win8 AIO is also a good example of electronic publishing; we were very early adopters of various electronic distribution models.”

Promising an updated user interface, new application to today’s mobile world, and increased connection to data and services that live in the cloud, Windows 8 will have new features and perks you’ll want to start using right away. Don’t missed out on this ten minibooks in one which provides top-notch guidance from trusted and well-known Windows expert and author, Woody Leonhard! Also check out the great review on Amazon!!

Windows 8 All-in-One for Dummies should be on shelves worldwide just about now and is expected to hit ~150,000 sales copies in dozens of languages.

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