August, 2010

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  • Microsoft Press

    Free ebook: Petzold’s Programming Windows Phone 7 (Special Excerpt 2)

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    Just in time for VSLive in Redmond, here’s a second draft preview ebook of Charles Petzold’s upcoming Programming Windows Phone 7 ! The first preview ebook contained six chapters. This one contains eleven chapters (and 265 pages): Part I   The Basics Chapter 1   Hello, Windows Phone 7 Chapter 2   Getting Oriented Chapter 3   An Introduction to Touch Chapter 4   Bitmaps, Also Known as Textures Chapter 5   Sensors and Services Chapter 6   Issues in Application Architecture Part II   Silverlight Chapter 7   XAML Power and Limitations Chapter 8   Elements and Properties Part III   XNA Chapter 20   Principles of Movement Chapter 21   Textures and Sprites Chapter 22  ...
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    New book: Microsoft Outlook 2010 Inside Out

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    Kenyon Brown here. We’re excited to announce that Jim Boyce’s Microsoft Outlook 2010 Inside Out (ISBN: 9780735626867; 1120 pages) is now available for purchase! You can find the book’s chapter-level table of contents and an introduction to this in-depth guide to Microsoft Outlook in this previous post . In today’s post, please enjoy a deeper look at Chapter 19, “Scheduling Appointments .” Chapter 19 Scheduling Appointments For most of us, a calendar is a basic tool for organizing our lives, both at work and at home. With the calendar in Microsoft Outlook 2010, you can schedule regular appointments, all-day and multiday events, and meetings. You can view your schedule almost any way you want. In addition, you can share your calendar with others...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Office Professional 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce that Microsoft Office Professional 2010 Step by Step has shipped to the printer and will be available for purchase later this month. Until then, let us share with you the table of contents as well as an excerpt from the book’s Introduction. Contents Part 1 Microsoft Office Professional 2010 1 Explore Office 2010 2 Work with Files Part 2 Microsoft Word 2010 3 Edit and Proofread Text 4 Change the Look of Text 5 Organize Information in Columns and Tables 6 Add Simple Graphic Elements 7 Preview, Print, and Distribute Documents Part 3 Microsoft Excel 2010 8 Set Up a Workbook 9 Work with Data and Excel Tables 10 Perform Calculations on Data 11 Change Workbook Appearance 12 Focus on Specific Data by Using Filters Part 4 Microsoft PowerPoint 2010...
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    Urgent message to our readers regarding companion content

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    Friends, remember last week we described how we review Amazon reviews every week as a team to hear from you? This week we’ve discovered, thanks to your feedback, that the URLs listed in our recent books can be confusing. This post explains what’s going on. Let’s look at an example from a recent title, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Step by Step . In the “Using the Practice Files” section at the front of the book, we say that the book’s practice files can be downloaded via the following URL: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=192149 This link works, but here’s the rub: the font used in the book makes the capital I (the letter between H and J) in Id look like a lowercase l (the letter between k and m). If you type l for I there, the link does not work...
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    Software Requirements, by Karl Wiegers, sells over 100K copies!

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    Microsoft Press would like to congratulate our good friend Karl Wiegers for reaching a wonderful milestone in technical publishing: his Software Requirements has sold over 100,000 copies! The reviews at Amazon help to explain why Karl’s book is so successful. 48 of 51 reviews are 4- or 5-starrers. Not only does Karl describe nearly 50 requirements engineering best practices, categorizing them by both impact (high, medium, low) and difficulty (high, medium, low), he also tells numerous stories—all true—that illustrate typical requirements-related experiences. It was once said that “Engineers would rather decipher the words to the Kingsmen’s 1963 classic party song ‘Louie Louie’ than decipher customer requirements” (Garry Peterson, 2002, “Risque Requirements,” CrossTalk ). By offering dozens...
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    Updated summary of our recent ebook giveaways

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    Here’s an updated list of some of our recent giveaways: Free ebook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (DRAFT Preview) (3 chapters) Free ebook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (DRAFT Preview II) (a different 3 chapters) Code for “Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010” DRAFT ebooks Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (10 chapters by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner) Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series (DRAFT Preview) (6 chapters by Charles Petzold) Free ebook: Petzold’s Programming Windows Phone 7 (Special Excerpt 2) (newer than the ebook above; 11 chapters by Charles Petzold) Free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft (8 chapters by Katherine Murray) Free...
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    New book: Microsoft Silverlight 4 Step by Step

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    Russell Jones, editor of this title, here. Laurence Moroney’s Microsoft Silverlight 4 Step by Step , now available, walks you through the basic procedures you need to know to program in the latest Silverlight release—and you’ll need that Silverlight knowledge to program Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7. Chapter 11, “Windows Phone Development” shows you how to get the tools you’ll need and how to get started building phone applications. Read an excerpt now! Chapter 11 Windows Phone Development After completing this chapter, you will be able to: · Locate, download, and install development tools for building Windows Phone applications. · Build a basic Windows Phone application. · Build a real-world Windows Phone...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Office 2010 Inside Out

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    We’re pleased to announce the release of Microsoft Office 2010 Inside Out to the printer. This book will be available for purchase soon, but for now here are the Contents at a Glance and an excerpt from Chapter 1. Contents Part 1: Office Fundamentals Chapter 1 Inside Office 2010 Chapter 2 Installing and Updating Microsoft Office 2010 Chapter 3 Using and Customizing the Office Interface Chapter 4 Managing Office Files Chapter 5 Entering, Editing, and Formatting Text Chapter 6 Working with Graphics and Pictures Part 2: Word Chapter 7 Inside Word 2010 Chapter 8 Working with Complex Documents Chapter 9 Reviewing and Sharing Documents Chapter 10 Word 2010 Inside Out Part 3: Excel Chapter 11 Inside Excel 2010 Chapter 12 Managing Lists and Data Chapter 13 Charts and Data Analysis...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Excel 2010 Inside Out

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    We’re pleased to announce the release of Microsoft Excel 2010 Inside Out to the printer. This book will be available for purchase soon, but for now you can take a look at the contents and an excerpt from Chapter 1. Contents Part 1: Examining the Excel Environment Chapter 1 What’s New in Microsoft Excel 2010 Chapter 2 Exploring Excel Fundamentals Chapter 3 Custom-Tailoring the Excel Workspace Part 2: Building Worksheets Chapter 5 Planning Your Worksheet Design Chapter 6 How to Work a Worksheet Chapter 7 How to Work a Workbook Part 3: Formatting and Editing Worksheets Chapter 8 Worksheet Editing Techniques Chapter 9 Worksheet Formatting Techniques Part 4: Adding Graphics and Printing Chapter 10 Creating and Formatting Graphics Chapter 11 Printing and Presenting Part 5...
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    Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple: Two free chapters on Office.com

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        Check out The Microsoft Office Blog for a link to two free chapters on Office.com from Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple , by Katherine Murray. A top-selling technology book on amazon.com, this colorful, no-nonsense book uses easy-to-follow steps and screenshots, and clear, concise language to show the simplest ways to get things done with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, and OneNote. It’s packed with tips to show you new techniques and shortcuts and delivers concise answers in visual format for people who want information they can put to work right away. These sample chapters are excerpted from Microsoft Office 2010: Plain and Simple , written by Katherine Murray. This material is Copyright © 2010 by Gerald Joyce, Marianne Moon, and Katherine...
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    The Bookshelf: Exchange Server

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    Hi, my name is Andrew Richards. I’m an Exchange Escalation Engineer in Microsoft Support. In this new Microsoft Press blog series, I’m going to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what books can be found on the bookshelves of engineers in and around the Microsoft Campus in Redmond. As we wander the hallways (and bookshelves) over the next few months, I expect we’ll find some obvious books, such as the “Self-Paced Training Kit,” “Administrator Companion,” and “Administrator's Pocket Consultant” books, but I also hope to uncover some hidden gems that will help you master a specific product. As I cover each engineer’s bookshelf, if you have a missing favorite or an opinion on a book that I’ve talked about, please feel free...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator’s Companion

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    We’re happy to announce that Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator’s Companion has shipped to the printer! Until it’s ready for purchase later this month, please take a look at this book’s Contents at a Glance and an excerpt from the Introduction: Contents at a Glance PART I The Basics Chapter 1 Understanding the Basics of Collaboration in SharePoint 2010 Chapter 2 Understanding the Architecture of SharePoint 2010 PART II Installation and Implementation Chapter 3 Optimizing SQL Server for a SharePoint 2010 Implementation Chapter 4 Installing SharePoint 2010 PART III Building and Managing a SharePoint Farm Chapter 5 Using Windows PowerShell to Perform and Automate Farm Administrative Tasks Chapter 6 Managing SharePoint 2010 Using Central Administration Chapter...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Access 2010 Inside Out

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    Kenyon here. We’re very pleased to announce that Jeff Conrad and John Viescas’s latest book, Microsoft Access 2010 Inside Out , has shipped to the printer! Covering Access 2010, Jeff and John’s book offers hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. You’ll discover how the experts manage Access 2010—to create a client or web database by designing tables and defining fields; design data macros to add business logic to tables; import and link to data from spreadsheets, text files, and other sources; retrieve and manipulate data by building simple and complex queries; create custom user interface forms to capture, search for, and sort data; design attractive reports to calculate, summarize, and analyze large sets of data; automate applications with macros and Visual...
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    RTM’d today: Programming Windows Identity Foundation

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    We are pleased to announce that Programming Windows Identity Foundation has shipped to the printer! This title will be available for purchase in bookstores and online in mid-September. Until then, here is the Contents at a Glance and an excerpt from the Introduction: Contents at a Glance Part I Windows Identity Foundation for Everybody 1 Claims-Based Identity 2 Core ASP.NET Programming Part II Windows Identity Foundation for Identity Developers 3 WIF Processing Pipeline in ASP.NET 4 Advanced ASP.NET Programming 5 WIF and WCF 6 WIF and Windows Azure 7 The Road Ahead Introduction It has been said that every problem in Computer Science can be solved by adding a level of indirection. You don’t have to go far to find examples of successful applications of that principle. Before...
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    Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel 2010: Safari Rough Cuts now available!

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    Check out Safari Rough Cuts for the first installment ( the first four chapters!) of Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel 2010: Give Your Data Meaning . The authors, Marco Russo and Alberto Ferrari, want your feedback. Check back often as content is added as it is written. Stay tuned for more MS Press titles available on Rough Cuts.
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Word 2010 Plain & Simple

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    Kenyon here. We’re very pleased to announce that Katherine Murray’s latest book, Microsoft Word 2010 Plain & Simple , has shipped to the printer! This colorful guide helps you learn the simplest ways to get things done with Word 2010! Kathy shows you how to create professional-looking documents with ease; organize, edit, and format text; apply themes, styles, and other design elements; work with graphics, tables, and charts; take advantage of pre-built templates, or make your own; and e dit a document with others simultaneously—online. The easy-to-follow steps and screenshots show exactly what to do. Handy tips teach new techniques and shortcuts. Quick “Try This” exercises help you to apply what you learn right away. Kathy’s book will be available via online retailers around August 15....
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    Author news: Vittorio Bertocci talks about Identity and how it relates to Windows Azure and AppFabric ACS

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    Check out MSDN Channel 9 for a 40-minute video of Programming Windows Identity Foundation author VIttorio Bertocci talking about Identity on Windows Azure. Cloud Cover Episode 22 – Identity in Windows Azure In this episode: Vittorio Bertocci (@ vibronet ), author of Programming Windows Identity Foundation , joins us to talk about Identity and how it relates to Windows Azure and AppFabric ACS. Learn a tip on how to figure out if you are running low on space in SQL Azure.
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