My good buddy and ex co-worker Michael Collier has co-authored a very well-done book on Essentials of Azure. Michael is a great communicator and his passion for community and Azure comes out in his content.  You can download it free at It’s like finding a $100 bill in your wallet unexpectedly.  A great read for not only the beginner but those who want a deeper understanding of the constantly changing Azure platform. Great job, Michael (as always)!