January, 2012

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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (second DRAFT preview)

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    UPDATE: The final version of this ebook is available here . The version linked to below is out of date. Everybody interested in learning about what’s new in SQL Server 2012, today’s a good day because we’re releasing our second DRAFT preview of Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 , by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner. (Please remember that “draft” means we haven’t completed our editorial/production work on the content.) This version updates the two chapters that appeared in our first DRAFT preview release and adds four more chapters. It contains the boldfaced chapters below: PART I DATABASE ADMINISTRATION (Ross’s part) 1. Denali Editions and Enhancements 2. High Availability and Disaster Recovery Enhancements 3. Scalability and Performance...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Manual of Style, Fourth Edition

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    We are very happy to announce that the Microsoft Manual of Style, Fourth Edition (464 pages, ISBN 9780735648715), has shipped to the printer. The Microsoft Manual of Style provides essential guidance to content creators, journalists, technical writers, editors, and everyone else who writes about computer technology. Direct from the Editorial Style Board at Microsoft—you get a comprehensive glossary of both general technology terms and those specific to Microsoft; clear, concise usage and style guidelines with helpful examples and alternatives; guidance on grammar, tone, and voice; and best practices for writing content for the web, optimizing for accessibility, and communicating to a worldwide audience. Fully updated and optimized for ease of use, the Microsoft Manual of Style is designed...
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    Release schedule for our free Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 ebook

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    Everybody interested in learning about what’s new in SQL Server 2012, we hope you saw our first release of our Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 ebook in October . That was just a draft, two-chapter quick release to help celebrate PASS Summit 2011 (and that ebook is still available). Here’s our upcoming release schedule for the ebook at this point: On February 1 , we’ll release another draft version of the ebook. (“Draft” means we haven’t completed our editorial/production work on the content, by the way.) This version will include updated versions of the two chapters in the first release—Chapter 2, “High Availability and Disaster Recovery Enhancements,” written by Ross Mistry, and Chapter 6, “Integration Services,” written...
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    New book: Microsoft Manual of Style, Fourth Edition

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    Editors, writers, and content creators: get in line to purchase the newest edition of the Microsoft Manual of Style ! Now in its fourth edition, the Microsoft Manual of Style provides essential style and usage guidance for everyone who writes about computer technology. Fully updated and optimized for ease of use, this reference features: ■ Glossary for 1000+ terms and acronyms ■ Clear concise usage guidelines with examples and alternatives ■ Guidance on style, “voice,” formatting, and grammar ■ Insights on emerging terminology and standards. ■ Guidance on accessibility considerations The list of contents can be found on this previous post . Below is an excerpt from Chapter, 3 “Content for a worldwide audience.” Chapter 3 Content for a worldwide...
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    Quick news: Free Step by Step videos

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    We’ve mentioned these in previous blog posts, but thought they deserved a reminder. Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step, Microsoft Word 2010 Step by Step and Windows 7 Step by Step are all available in video format free of charge. Each lesson is based on a chapter from the books. Lessons typically run about 15 – 25 minutes in length. Click here for Microsoft Excel 2010 videos Click here for Microsoft Word 2010 videos Click here for Microsoft Windows 7 videos
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    Honors for Microsoft Press

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    Post from Kimberly Kim, group content publishing manager Six of six titles entered in chapter-level competition win awards, four move on to the international competition   Excellence Excellence Distinguished Distinguished Microsoft Press is pleased to announce that all six of the Microsoft Press titles entered in our local competition of the Society for Technical Communications (STC) were honored with awards! Each title was evaluated against rigorous standards for information design, use and appearance of visual elements, usability, writing and editing, and how well the publication meets the needs of the intended audience. Two titles received the highest level of award granted in the competition, and four qualified for submission to the International Summit Award competition. Huge congratulations...
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    New book: Software Change Management: Case Studies and Practical Advice

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    Good news! Software Change Management: Case Studies and Practical Advice , by Donald J. Reifer, is now available for purchase. Donald J. Reifer is one of the leading figures in the field of systems/software engineering and management, with over 40 years of progressive experience. He has built businesses, steered troubled projects, and served in executive positions in industry and government. He specializes in the area of metrics and measurement. Besides being a trusted advisor to major corporations and the government, he has founded software businesses and served as an expert witness. Check out Donald’s recent post to the Microsoft Press blog. The list of contents and some additional information from the Introduction can be found in this previous post . If this sounds interesting...
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    Microsoft Press and the Trustworthy Computing initiative

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    Greetings. Perhaps you’ve heard that as of this week Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing (TwC) initiative is ten years young: “At 10-Year Milestone, Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Initiative More Important than Ever.” In this post, we’d like to point you to a couple of posts written by Microsoft Press authors who played key roles in the initiative: Steve Lipner (Senior Director of Security Engineering Strategy at Microsoft), along with Michael Howard, authored The Security Development Lifecycle (Microsoft Press, 2006), which described Microsoft’s implementation of the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL). (You’ll find much more about Microsoft’s use of the SDL and the software development community’s use of similar models...
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    Author news: Scott Helmers & others provide free videos on Visio 2010

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    Post from Kenyon Brown, editor, Microsoft Press Three Microsoft Visio MVPs and authors, including Microsoft Press author, Scott Helmers , who wrote Microsoft Visio 2010 Step by Step , have recorded two dozen 5-8 minute videos on key topics in Visio 2010. Microsoft will release one video per week, and make them available at The Visio 2010 MVP Sessions page . Most videos include one or more sample diagrams that you can download. Topics include: Containers and lists Layers Network and rack diagrams Shape data Backstage and the ribbon Working with CAD drawings BPMN and SharePoint Workflow diagrams and many, many more... Session 1, “ Get started with the right template , ” features Scott. Here’s a description: See how to get started...
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    Jump Start class: Creating and managing a private cloud with System Center 2012

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    Greetings. We’d like to make sure you know about some upcoming free training. Here are the details: Course: “Creating and Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Jump Start” Date/Time: February 21-22, 2012 from 9:00am – 5:00pm PST Where: Live virtual classroom (online from wherever you are) Cost: FREE! Target audience: IT Professionals (IT Implementers, managers, decision makers) You can register via MicrosoftCareerConferenceRegistration.aspx-pid=298 . And here’s much more information about the course: Why is this Jump Start a good time investment? Who should attend? This accelerated Jump Start is tailored for IT professionals familiar with Windows Server technologies, Hyper-V virtualization, and the System Center management...
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    Quick news: A history of threat modeling

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    Today we’d like to quickly point you to an article written by Dana Epp called “ The Evolution of Elevation: Threat Modeling in a Microsoft World ,” which begins like this: “I’ve been asked to give a history of threat modeling from the perspective of an outsider looking at Microsoft. While I’m flattered by the idea, I’m also petrified. I have my own views of what has happened over the past 15 or so years, and I suspect I’ll contradict the views of some people I respect at Microsoft. That said, I welcome the opportunity for those people to email me at dana@scorpionsoft.com and let me know what I might have missed. Or, let the world know and open the conversation on Twitter by sending a tweet to @danaepp. What follows is my view on the evolution of threat modeling, and where we have ended up in...
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    Author news: Russinovich and Margosis signing books at TechReady

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    For those attending TechReady: Mark Russinovich and Aaron Margosis , authors of Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference (Microsoft Press, 2012; ISBN: 9780735656727), will be signing the book in the bookstore on Friday, February 3, from 12:00 to 1:00. Mark will also be signing his cyber-thriller Zero Day : http://www.zerodaythebook.com/ . By the way, everyone, you can download the Table of Contents and two complete sample chapters from Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference via this blog post .
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    Quick news: This week we’re three years old

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    Hello. We launched the Microsoft Press blog three years ago, so we’re no longer a baby blog. And we’re far beyond pulling ourselves up by the couch—we jump up and down on it—which means we’re not exactly toddlers. Plus, our vocabulary includes well over 350 words. But the best indication of our advanced development is the fact that we don’t see other children as “objects.” Frankly, we knew not to do that on Day 1. Thank you, everyone, for your interest and your responses over this time. We’ll keep sharing free ebooks, information about our publications, author news, Microsoft technology-related news, and more. Let us know if there’s anything else you’d like us to do.
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    New book: XAML Developer Reference

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    We’re pleased to announce that the new Microsoft Press book XAML Developer Reference (ISBN 978-0-7356-5896-7, 340 pages) is now available for purchase! This book covers XAML from the ground up for both Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight development—and of course, because XAML is a foundational technology in building Windows 8 applications, learning the information here will be useful for a long time to come. You’ll discover practical ways to build rich, interactive user interfaces with data integration capabilities and support for multimedia, graphics, and animation. This hands-on guide is ideal for Microsoft .NET developers and web designers alike. Written by two XAML experts, Mamta D and Ashish Ghoda, this book covers all the basic XAML elements, their...
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    Donald Reifer: “Software Change Management: Doing More With Less”

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    Donald Reifer here. Many firms are currently searching for ways to save money and cut cycle time in these times of economic contraction. To achieve these ends, many are trying to find ways to cut their costs and spur productivity growth. For example, some are simplifying their software development processes while others are out-sourcing work to try to realize such benefits. But, any change, no matter how trivial, can have adverse effects especially when the staff is not properly prepared and trained to accept it. Take something as petty as introducing a new trouble report. While the goal may be to simplify and reduce the effort associated with collecting defect data, the effort associated with training and bringing people up to speed so that they can effectively use it may diminish the anticipated...
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    Quick news: Review of “The future of looking back”

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    Greetings. This is just a quick post to point you to a new review of Richard Banks’s The future of looking back (Microsoft Press, 2011; ISBN: 9780735658066), the first book in our Microsoft Research series. The review , by David Ozab, begins like this: As I sit at my laptop writing these words, I am surrounded by objects: a bookcase full to overflowing, pictures on the walls, photo albums tucked into a file cabinet, and a closet full of clothes. A room filled with stuff—some practical, some sentimental—and at least some of it will last long enough for my daughter to have to sort through someday. Yet will these objects be the most important things I leave behind decades from now? What about the thousands of photos my wife has taken? Or the hours of video we’ve...
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    Reader review: SQL Server 2008 Internals

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    A really in-depth, interesting reader review came by my desk today. It was such a helpful review, that I wanted to share it with all of you. Click Here: Book Review: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Internals A big Microsoft Press thank you to Jes Schultz Borland (Twitter alias @grrl_geek) for writing the review. We’re also happy to report that lead author Kalen Delaney and her team are currently working on the next edition for SQL Server 2012.
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