Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScriptThose nice people at Microsoft Press have done it again – another new free ebook for everybody. And this one is perfectly timed – it’s a preview version of “Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript”.

It’s the perfect guide to programming Windows 8 applications, and gives you the whole story for creating Windows 8 Metro apps. As it’s only the preview version, the whole thing isn’t yet there – just the first four chapters:

  • The life story of a Metro Style App
  • Quickstart
  • App Anatomy and Page Navigation
  • Controls, Control Styling, and Basic Data Binding

And the further 14 chapters will come out over the next few months. But if you’re interested in getting started, or you’ve got students that you know will want to have a go, then this is a good start.

You can either download it in PDF directly, or go and read a bit more about it on the Microsoft Press blog.

And if you want to know why it’s worth thinking about Windows 8 app development, Daniel Sharp’s got some interesting thoughts over on The Kernel in “Windows 8 is an Android killer

Bonus: Here’s a long list of more free technical ebooks from Microsoft Press.