April, 2012

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  • Microsoft Press

    Mark your calendars: Programming Windows, Sixth Edition is coming

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    Special Offer to Celebrate Programming Windows, Sixth Edition Reimagined for full-screen and touch-optimized apps, Windows 8 provides a platform for reaching new users in new ways. In response, programming legend Charles Petzold is rewriting his classic Programming Windows —one of the most popular programming books of all time—to show developers how to use existing skills and tools to build Windows 8 apps. (See the book’s “Description” tab.) To celebrate, Microsoft Press will release three versions of the eBook for Programming Windows, Sixth Edition , including two pre-release editions that provide crucial access to early content. Based on when you purchase (see table below), you will receive the most recently published version of the eBook—plus any...
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    New book: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 High-Performance T-SQL Using Window Functions

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    We’re happy to announce the availability of Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 High-Performance T-SQL Using Window Functions (ISBN: 9780735658363; 244 pages), by Itzik Ben-Gan! As Itzik explains, “Window functions are functions applied to sets of rows defined by a clause called OVER. They are used mainly for analytical purposes allowing you to calculate running totals, calculate moving averages, identify gaps and islands in your data, and perform many other computations. These functions are based on an amazingly profound concept in standard SQL (which is both an ISO and ANSI standard)—the concept of windowing . The idea behind this concept is to allow you to apply various calculations to a set, or window , of rows and return a single value. Window functions can help to...
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    New book: Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 1

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    We’re happy to announce that Windows Internals, Part 1, 6th Edition (ISBN 9780735648739; 752 pages) is available for purchase! Long considered a classic among Windows enthusiasts, this book was written by some of the most esteemed experts in the internals field today, Mark Russinovich, David Solomon, and Alex Ionescu. This latest edition covers the kernel changes made in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and contains a myriad of hands-on experiments that have been updated to reflect the evolution of the tools. Order your own copy of this book here , here , or here . For information on why this edition was split across two books, please read this previous post , which also includes the book’s Table of Contents. In today’s post, please enjoy this excerpt from Chapter...
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    From the MVPs: The path to my first Microsoft MVP award

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    Here’s the sixth post in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized technology champions around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their deep knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology . Of more than 100 million users who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. This post is by Stephen Oiller, Windows Phone Consumer MVP, who became a Microsoft MVP in April 2012. Thank you, Stephen! My road through community and technology has been a long one. For as long as I can remember, technology has been a massive part of my life. Today I, like many, carry a phone around, have access to a computer...
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    Free webcast: Manually Removing Viruses and Malware

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    Getting a virus on your computer is a pain and they're becoming ever more difficult to remove. In this webcast, Mike Halsey, the author of Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out, talks you through the process of manually and safely removing viruses and malware from your computer without damaging your files or Windows itself. Thursday, April 5, 2012 10AM PT, San Francisco 6pm - London | 1pm - New York | Fri, Apr 6th at 3am - Sydney | Fri, Apr 6th at 2am - Tokyo | Fri, Apr 6th at 1am - Beijing | 10:30pm - Mumbai Presented by: Mike Halsey Duration: Approximately 60 minutes. Cost: Free About Mike Halsey Mike Halsey is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for "Windows Expert - Consumer" and an editor for technology websites, Windows7News.com , Windows8News.com and gHacks...
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    New book: MCTS 70-680 Rapid Review: Configuring Windows 7

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    We’re happy to announce availability of MCTS 70-680 Rapid Review: Configuring Windows 7 (ISBN: 9780735657298; 228 pages) by Orin Thomas! This book is the first entry in the brand new Microsoft Press Rapid Review certification series. The Rapid Review series is designed to help you assess your readiness for Microsoft certification exams. Each book in the series walks you through the exam objectives, providing “need to know” checklists, review questions, tips, and links to further study. It’s a streamlined way to evaluate and reinforce your preparation for the exam. This book is an ideal complement to the in-depth training of the Microsoft Press Training Kit and other exam-prep resources for Exam 70-680. For a preview, here’s the book’s Contents at...
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    Outline for the Consumer Preview ebook of Programming Windows, 6th Edition

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    Greetings. To learn more about the Consumer Preview ebook release of Charles Petzold’s Programming Windows, Sixth Edition , click here . The outline for this release is below: Chapter 1: Markup and Code The First Project Graphical Greetings Variations in Text Media As Well The Code Alternatives Images in Code Not Even a Page Chapter 2: XAML Syntax The Gradient Brush in Code Property Element Syntax Content Properties The TextBlock Content Property Sharing Brushes (and Other Resources) Resources Are Shared A Bit of Vector Graphics Styles A Taste of Data Binding Chapter 3: Basic Event Handling The Tapped Event Routed Event Handling Overriding the Handled Setting Input, Alignment, and Backgrounds Size and Orientation Changes Bindings to Run? Timers and Animation Chapter 4: Presentation with Panels...
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    New book: MCTS 70-662 Rapid Review: Configuring Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

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    We’re happy to announce the debut of MCTS 70-662 Rapid Review: Configuring Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 (ISBN: 9780735658103; 296 pages) by Ian McLean! This book is the part of a brand new Microsoft Press Rapid Review certification series. The Rapid Review series is designed to help you assess your readiness for Microsoft certification exams. Each book in the series walks you through the exam objectives, providing “need to know” checklists, review questions, tips, and links to further study. It’s a streamlined way to evaluate and reinforce your preparation for the exam. This book is an ideal complement to the in-depth training of the Microsoft Press® Training Kit and other exam-prep resources for Exam 70-662. For a preview, here’s the book’s...
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    An interview with the two editors of the Microsoft Manual of Style

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    The following interview related to the creation of the recently published Microsoft Manual of Style, Fourth Edition , appears in the April-May 2012 newsletter of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) . It is reprinted here with the kind permission of the article’s author, David Kowalsky, who is also a member of the chapter’s Editorial Board. Thanks, David. Interview with Two Members of the MMS Team by David Kowalsky The highly anticipated 4th edition of the Microsoft Manual of Style (MMS) was published in January 2012. This is a substantial update; it has been eight years since the third edition was published in 2004. The MMS provides guidance to not only technical writers and editors, but also content creators, journalists, and everyone...
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    Quick news: The only tech book currently in the Top 100 Free list

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    Greetings! Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 , which you can get for free in the U.S. Kindle Store (and we’re working on making it free in the Kindle Stores for other countries), looks to be the only full technology-focused ebook in the Top 100 Free list at the moment: If the ebook isn’t free yet in your Kindle Store, you can always get a MOBI file (as well as EPUB and PDF) via our blog .
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    Sample chapters: Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 1

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    Greetings! Today we’d like to share a sampler from Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 1 , by Mark Russinovich (@markrussinovich), David Solomon, and Alex Ionescu (@aionescu). The 244-page sampler (9.4 MB) contains two complete chapters—Chapter 5, “Processes, Threads, and Jobs,” and Chapter 6, “Security”—and a complete Table of Contents for both Parts 1 (Chapters 1-7) & 2 (Chapters 8-14). You can download the sampler here . Enjoy. P.S. The authors are hard at work on Part 2. We’re expecting to publish it in summer or fall 2012. We’ll keep you informed of our progress via this blog.
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    By request: Topics covered in Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Parts 1 and 2

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    In the week since Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 1 became available for purchase, customers have been asking what topics will be covered in Part 2, which is scheduled for release this fall. Here are the Contents at a Glance of both books: Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 1 Chapter 1 Concepts and Tools Chapter 2 System Architecture Chapter 3 System Mechanisms Chapter 4 Management Mechanisms Chapter 5 Processes, Threads, and Jobs Chapter 6 Security Chapter 7 Networking Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 2 Chapter 8 I/O System Chapter 9 Storage Management Chapter 10 Memory Management Chapter 11 Cache Manager Chapter 12 File Systems Chapter 13 Startup and Shutdown Chapter 14 Crash Dump Analysis We’re thrilled to hear excitement is already brewing for Part...
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    From the MVPs: Meet the “Paulovich Brothers”!

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    Here’s the seventh post in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized technology champions around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their deep knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology . Of more than 100 million users who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. This post is by André Paulovich Gomes and Ivan Paulovich Gomes , who became Microsoft MVPs in April 2012. Thanks, guys! With similar careers, we both have started working together in companies of  Belo Horizonte, a city near the center of Brazil. Today, however, we work in different companies, one with SharePoint...
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    Quick news: Download stats for Programming Windows Phone 7

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    Greetings. This month the number of downloads of Charles Petzold’s free ebook Programming Windows Phone 7 (including the two earlier draft versions of the ebook we also released) surpassed 600,000. This is the number of actual downloads, folks, not the number of views of the blog posts sharing the ebooks. Congratulations to Charles for reaching so many developers!
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    Amazon coupon: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Pocket Consultant–25% off

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    Save 25% through April 30, 2012 at Amazon.com. Click here and look for the coupon on the book’s detail page. How to Redeem the Coupon: To apply a coupon offer to a qualifying item, add coupon in one of two ways: Click on the coupon offer on the item detail page which will take you to "Your Coupon Book" then click on the applicable coupon, or Click on the coupon provided in "Your Coupon Book". After applying the coupon to the qualifying item, add the item to your Cart via the "Add to Cart" or "1-Click" option button on the respective item detail page or from "Your Coupon Book". The coupon discount will be applied to the qualifying item added to your Cart and will be reflected on the final order checkout page.
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    Amazon coupon: 15% off through May 15, 2012 on MCTS 70-662 Rapid Review–Configuring Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

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    Save 15% through May 15, 2012 at Amazon.com. Click here and look for the coupon in the book’s detail page. How to Redeem the Coupon: To apply a coupon offer to a qualifying item, add coupon in one of two ways: Click on the coupon offer on the item detail page which will take you to "Your Coupon Book" then click on the applicable coupon, or Click on the coupon provided in "Your Coupon Book". After applying the coupon to the qualifying item, add the item to your Cart via the "Add to Cart" or "1-Click" option button on the respective item detail page or from "Your Coupon Book". The coupon discount will be applied to the qualifying item added to your Cart and will be reflected on the final order checkout page.
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    New and upcoming titles from Microsoft Press–through May 2012

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    Introducing Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Available Now Working with Microsoft® FAST™ Search Server 2010 for SharePoint® Available Now Windows® Internals, Part 1, Sixth Edition Available Now MCTS 70-680 Rapid Review: Configuring Windows® 7 Available Now MCTS 70-662 Rapid Review: Configuring Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 Available Now Security and Privacy for Microsoft® Office 2010 Users Available Now Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010: Creating and Implementing Real-World Projects Available Now Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Pocket Consultant Available Now Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 High-Performance T-SQL Using...
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