September, 2012

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  • Microsoft Press

    RTM'd today: Windows 8 Administration Pocket Consultant

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    NOTE: This book has been updated for R2. It was also split into two volumes: Windows 8.1 Administration Pocket Consultant Storage, Security, & Networking and Windows 8.1 Administration Pocket Consultant Essentials & Configuration We're pleased to announce that William R. Stanek's new book, Windows 8 Administration Pocket Consultant (ISBN 9780735666139), has shipped to the printer! Learn about Windows 8 and keep this concise reference nearby to expertly guide you through your administration tasks. This book will be shipped to retailers in just a couple of weeks. Here's a sneak peek at the contents and the introduction. Contents at a Glance Chapter 1 Introduction to Windows 8 Administration Chapter 2 Configuring Windows 8 Computers Chapter 3 Customizing the Desktop...
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    Free ebooks: What’s new in our list of great resources

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    Updated We just released the RTM version of our Introducing Windows Server 2012 ebook. Check it out! PDF - Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition - PDF ebook EPUB – Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – ePub format MOBI – Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – MOBI format (for Kindle) And we’ve released the second preview of our Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript ebook, which contains 12 chapters. The final 17-chapter version will be completed this fall. Stay tuned. You can download the Second Preview (PDF only) here (13.5 MB). And you can download the Second Preview’s companion content here (64.9 MB). (We’ll release the final version of this free ebook in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI...
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    Quick news: Windows Store open to developers in 120 markets

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    Check out the great news here . Here’s a taste: We’re very excited to announce the last significant milestone in the rollout of the Windows Store before the general availability of Windows 8 on October 26. The Store is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies – in our supported markets, and we’ve added 82 more app submission markets! Now, developers from 120 markets can publish Windows Store apps.
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    RTM’d today: Programming with the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit

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    We’re happy to announce that Programming with the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (ISBN 9780735666818) has shipped to the printer! If you are a developer who wants to learn how to add gesture and posture recognition to your applications, check out David Catuhe’s book. This guide to the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit is full of insights and code samples that teach you how to integrate Kinect in your apps and help you begin writing UIs and controls that can handle Kinect interaction. The book will be shipped to retailers in just a couple weeks. In the meantime, preorder your copy here , here , or here . Catuhe is a developer evangelist at Microsoft who says that “fell in love” with Kinect for Windows the first time he used it. Read on to...
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    RTM’d today: Windows 8 Step by Step

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    NOTE: This book has been updated for Windows 8.1. You can buy it here from The Microsoft Press Store. We’re very pleased to announce that Ciprian Adrian Rusen and Joli Ballew’s book, Windows 8 Step by Step has shipped to the printer and we have designed a new cover! With this book, experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to use Windows 8. You set the pace with Step by Step—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! Learn how to optimize your machine to suit how you work and play; interact with your device using multi-touch gestures; access your content anywhere with Microsoft SkyDrive; browse the web safely and keep your system secure; set up a network and share content with other computers; and fine-tune performance...
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    From the MVPs: Visual Studio 2012 meets PowerPoint

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    Here’s the 14th 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 knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology . Of the millions of individuals who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. This post is by David Wesst , who is an Internet Explorer MVP. David here. As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” yet in software development we usually resort to text-based descriptions when defining features. The Visual Studio team has given us the ability to move from text-based to picture-based descriptions...
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    Tarik Soulami: Anatomy of a debugging investigation

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    This guest post is by Tarik Soulami, a Principal Development Lead at Microsoft and author of Inside Windows Debugging: A Practical Guide to Debugging and Tracing Strategies in Windows , which is getting very positive reviews on Amazon . Enjoy! Tarik here. When you think of scripts, you don’t usually think of threads, synchronization or deadlocks. However, that was precisely the curious bug I had to investigate a few weeks ago. The script I was trying to write had a simple goal: parse the standard and error outputs from another existing command-line tool (a console application), and write the processed (modified) text to the command prompt. The repro case My console application tool was fairly complex, but I was able to simulate the hang condition even with the following simple program: // ...
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    Save on books from Microsoft Press to celebrate back-to-school

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    Back-to-School Special - Jumpstart Your Education with Books from Microsoft Press Whether you're learning a Microsoft app, studying for a Microsoft certification exam, or mastering a Microsoft programming language, you'll find the Microsoft Press book a Back-to-School Special to fit your needs. Save 50% on ebooks and 40% on print books published by Microsoft Press when you purchase from our official distributor, O’Reilly Media. Click here to see the selection of books. Microsoft Press ebooks from oreilly.com are DRM-free. Use discount code B2S2 - Deal expires September 11, 2012 at 11:59pm PT , and cannot be combined with other offers.
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    Quick news: Don't miss the launch of Visual Studio 2012

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    Just a reminder that the Visual Studio 2012 launch is less than a week away! Watch the live debut of Visual Studio 2012 on September 12, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. PDT. Here are some of the topics you can expect to learn more about: Experience powerful possibilities. Discover how Visual Studio 2012 allows you to collaborate better and be more agile. Experience how it integrates best practices that accelerate development and deployment. Add value to ALM at every point. From strategy and planning all the way to deployment, see how Visual Studio brings continuous value to every point in the application lifecycle.  
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    RTM’d today: Windows 8 for Tablets Plain & Simple

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Simon May’s book, Windows 8 for Tablets Plain & Simple , has shipped to the printer and we have redesigned our cover! This full-color, no-nonsense book shows you the quickest ways to get things done with Windows 8 for tablets—with easy-to-follow steps, screenshots, and concise, straightforward language. Simon shows you how to use Windows 8 with easy tablet touch gestures; browse, try, buy, or extend apps to do almost anything; link email and social networks for real-time updates; help protect your PC, files, and family from threats; play with photos and share your files in the cloud; and connect to TVs, printers, and other devices. The concise, language, easy-to-follow steps, and screenshots show you exactly what to do. Handy tips...
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    RTM’d today: Windows 8 Plain & Simple

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    NOTE: This book has been updated for Windows 8.1. You can buy it here from The Microsoft Press Store. We’re very pleased to announce that Nancy Muir’s book, Windows 8 Plain & Simple , has shipped to the printer and we have redesigned the cover! This full-color, no-nonsense book shows you the quickest ways to get things done with Windows 8—with easy-to-follow steps, screenshots, and concise, straightforward language. Nancy shows you how to use a PC or touch device and connect anytime, anywhere; find and download apps to personalize how you work and play; set up a printer and home network, and sync devices; send email, browse the web, organize and share content; make movies, take photos, play music, burn DVDs; and protect privacy and perform easy system tune-ups. The...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition)

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    Mitch Tulloch has updated his very popular free ebook on Windows Server 2012 based on the RTM version of the software. A key feature of this book is the inclusion of sidebars written by members of the Windows Server team, Microsoft Support engineers, Microsoft Consulting Services staff, and others who work at Microsoft. These sidebars provide an insider’s perspective that includes both “under-the-hood” information concerning how features work, and strategies, tips, and best practices from experts who have been working with the platform during product development. Please see the links below to download one or all of the available formats. PDF - Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition - PDF ebook EPUB – Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition –...
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