October, 2012

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  • Microsoft Press

    Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

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    Added April 10, 2014: The second edition of this ebook, updated for Visual Studio 2013 and Windows 8.1, is posted here !   Hello, Kraig Brockschmidt here. To help celebrate //build/ , I’m delighted to announce the completion of Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript! You can download the ebook in PDF format here: http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=270056 (17.9 MB) EPUB format is here: http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=272592 (37.3 MB) MOBI format is here: http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=272591   (69.5 MB) The ebook’s companion content is here: http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=270057 (59.9 MB) ( Note: An updated version of the companion content was made available on November 8, 2012, to fix a line of code.) This free ebook provides comprehensive...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Preview Edition)

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    Update: Nov 13, 2012 The final version is now available! See our announcement here : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2012/11/13/free-ebook-introducing-windows-8-an-overview-for-it-professionals-final-edition.aspx The Windows 8 operating system is the newest member of the Microsoft Windows family. It differs from earlier Windows releases as much for what it does not change as for what it does change. That is, the features that IT pros loved about Windows 7 are still there in Windows 8—just better. The same keyboard shortcuts, management tools, security features, and deployment options are available in Windows 8. But in many cases, Windows 8 improves them in intuitive and significant ways. Some examples are the ribbon in File Explorer and faster disk encryption when...
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    Windows Phone 8 Development Internals (Preview 1) available now

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    To celebrate Windows Phone 8 and //build/ , Microsoft Press is making Windows Phone 8 Development Internals available in two preview digital editions—plus the final ebook, when ready—at special promotional pricing. Purchase between October 30 and November 5, 2012, and your cost is just $10 for the two preview editions and the final ebook! (This is similar to our approach with Charles Petzold’s Programming Windows, Sixth Edition .) You can make your purchase through The Microsoft Press Store: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/store/windows-phone-8-development-internals-9780735676237 . See the “Pricing and Publication Schedule” table there (or below) for pricing and dates. About the Book Written by two members of the Windows Phone 8 team—Andrew Whitechapel...
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    Where’s my Training Kit for Windows?

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    There’s been a lot of talk about the changes to the Microsoft certification tracks for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 on the Born to Learn blog . There are changes afoot with the Microsoft Press portfolio of certification books as well. In order to get you more information earlier in the exam release cycle, we’re discontinuing Training Kits and transforming them into two distinct series: Exam Refs and Training Guides. We plan to produce Exam Refs for the majority of Microsoft certification exams. Training Guides focus on job-role-specific expertise—the skills that Microsoft certification helps to keep relevant, applicable, and competitive—and they are the perfect add-on resource for less experienced professionals. We plan to produce them for the more fundamental job...
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    From the MVPs: Windows Server 2012’s Data Deduplication feature

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    Here’s the 18th post in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). (Click the “MVPs” tag in the right column to see the rest.) 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. You can read more original MVP-authored content on the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog . This post is by Paul Clement , a Microsoft Directory Services MVP . Paul here! For as long as there has been file servers running in our organizations, there...
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    New book: Start Here! Learn JavaScript

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of the new book Start Here! Learn JavaScript , by Steve Suehring, the author of several other JavaScript-centric books for Microsoft Press. Learn the fundamentals of modern programming with JavaScript—and begin building your first apps for the web. This book introduces must-know concepts and techniques through easy-to-follow explanations, examples, and exercises. With the importance of web development skills growing every day, and the ever-increasing importance of JavaScript as a development language, for both the web and now for Windows Store app development as well, there’s a growing need for books that provide an entry-level path into JavaScript programming, and that beginner audience is the target for this book. Readers will...
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    New book: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Integration Services

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    We’re happy to announce the availability of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Integration Services , by Wee-Hyong Tok, Rakesh Parida, Matt Masson, Xiaoning Ding, and Kaarthik Sivashanmugam. This book provides ETL developers and database administrators (DBAs) with comprehensive information on SQL Server 2012 Integration Services, and deep dive discussions on core features. The book includes special coverage of new features introduced with SQL Server 2012. Readers will gain an understanding not only of SSIS fundamentals, but get introduced to more advanced SSIS usage patterns, best practices, and see how to perform them effectively and take advantage of the newest SSIS features. This is not a beginner book; readers should already have a basic knowledge of SSIS and be proficient with basic...
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    RTM’d today: Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

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    NOTE: This book has been updated for R3. You can buy it here from The Microsoft Press Store. We’re very happy to announce that Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 (ISBN: 9780735667105) has shipped to the printer. The book will be shipped to retailers in just a couple of weeks. This book is the result of a collaboration of 20+ authors and just as many reviewers from the Microsoft Dynamics AX Team. After many months of hard work and determined cooperation, Microsoft Press is glad to have a strong and in-depth offering from a group of writers and developers who are passionate about their product. After you review the Contents at a glance, be sure to read the informative excerpt from the book’s Introduction. Contents at a glance PART I A TOUR OF THE DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT...
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    Free Jump Start course: Windows 8 for IT Pros

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    Beyond the new UI, are there any real improvements for IT? How will Windows 8 make IT and the rest of the organization better? Why is the industry reacting differently to this version of Windows? If these are the types of questions you’re asking, this Microsoft Jump Start is for you.   Date: October 18, 2012 Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm PST Where: Live virtual classroom What: Accelerated, engaging, demo-rich virtual learning experience – no hands-on labs. Cost: FREE! Target audience: IT professionals who want a fast-paced and real-world understanding of Windows 8 COURSE OUTLINE Module 1: Windows 8 Tips & Tricks for IT Pros What’s new in Windows 8, UI and keyboard shortcuts for IT pros, the Windows App Store, key features and IE 10 Module 2: Windows 8 Deployment Windows Assessment and Deployment...
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    New book: Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 2

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Windows Internals, Part 2, 6th Edition (ISBN 9780735665873) is available for purchase! Written by internationally renowned experts Mark Russinovich, David A. Solomon, and Alex Ionescu, this book takes an in-depth, comprehensive, and hands-on look at the inner workings of the Windows operating system. Many fans of the previous editions of this book consider it a must-have for anyone involved in developing or debugging Windows applications. Part 2 covers I/O, storage, memory management, the cache manager, file systems, startup and shutdown processes, and crash-dump analysis. To get your own copy of this book, go here , here , or here . If you haven’t already purchased Part 1, which was released last spring, go here , here , or here . Part...
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    New book: Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012

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    We are happy to announce the availability of Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 (ISBN 9780735657984), by Richard Hundhausen. Discover how to turn requirements into working software increments—faster and more efficiently—using Visual Studio 2012 in combination with Scrum and Agile engineering practices. Designed for software development teams, this guide delivers pragmatic, role-based guidance for exploiting the capabilities of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. Team members will learn proven practices and techniques for implementing Scrum to manage an application’s life cycle, as well as seamlessly plan, manage, and track their Scrum projects. Purchase your copy today here or here ....
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    New book: Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

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    NOTE: This book has been updated for R3. You can buy it here from The Microsoft Press Store. Hold on to your hat as you run to buy the great new release from Microsoft Press, Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 , by the Microsoft Dynamics AX Team! If you didn’t see the RTM post a couple weeks ago, you’ll want to know that this book is the result of a collaboration of 20+ authors and just as many reviewers from the Microsoft Dynamics AX Team. After many months of hard work and determined cooperation, Microsoft Press is glad to have a strong and in-depth offering from a group of writers and developers who are passionate about their product. Dig into the architecture and internals of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012—with firsthand insights from the team that designed and developed...
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    Free Jump Start course: Upgrading Skills to Windows Server 2012 (Prepare for Exam 70-417)

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    Leveraging the popular “Jump Start” virtual classroom approach, Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and TrainSignal Microsoft Certified Trainer Ed Liberman will walk you through new features and functionality in Windows Server 2012. Topics and technologies covered will include Dynamic Access Control (DAC), Failover Clustering, Microsoft Online Backup and storage, Active Directory, Hyper-V and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), and high availability. This course is NOT a “product upgrade” course covering considerations for migrating and upgrading your specific environment; but, it is exam preparation material and maps directly to Exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 . Date/Time: October 23-24, 2012 (2 days)  • Day 1: 9:00am – 4:00pm PST ...
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    Copying a free Microsoft Press ebook in .mobi format to an iPad

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    Hi, Carl Diltz here. The easiest way to read a free ebook in the Kindle for iPad app is to use Safari (the Apple browser on the iPad) to go to the download link for the ebook. (Browse, for example, to the third link at this page: Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition) .) Tap the link, and then tap the Open In “Kindle” button. This adds the ebook to the Documents screen in the Kindle iPad app. Note that the ebook doesn’t appear in “Books” in the Kindle app; it appears in “Docs.” You can also go through iTunes for Windows if you have the ebook on a Windows computer. With the iPad connected to the computer, select the iPad. On the Apps tab there’s a list of any apps that can transfer files from the computer to the iPad...
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    From the MVPs: Windows Server 2012’s human-friendly core

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    Here’s the 19th post in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). (Click the “MVPs” tag in the right column to see the rest.) 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. You can read more original MVP-authored content on the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog . This post is by Michal Gajda , a Microsoft PowerShell MVP . Michal here! Windows Server 2012, especially in Server Core version, gives us much more powerful system management. Previous...
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    RTM’d today: Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012

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    We are pleased to announce that Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 (ISBN 9780735657984) has been sent to the printer! This book will be shipped to retailers in just a few weeks. Here is a quick look at the contents: Contents at a Glance Foreword Introduction PART I FUNDAMENTALS CHAPTER 1 Scrumdamentals CHAPTER 2 Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 ALM CHAPTER 3 Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 2.0 PART II USING SCRUM CHAPTER 4 The pre-game CHAPTER 5 The Product Backlog CHAPTER 6 The Sprint CHAPTER 7 Acceptance test-driven development CHAPTER 8 Effective collaboration PART III IMPROVING CHAPTER 9 Continuous improvement Appendix: The Scrum Guide Index Here is an excerpt from the Introduction: Introduction Scrum is a framework for...
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    Get ready for Windows Phone 8 Development Internals!

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    Perhaps you're familiar with our unique approach to publishing Charles Petzold's Programming Windows, Sixth Edition . Via this approach you're able to purchase two preview ebooks and the final ebook at one time at special pricing. This is a quick post to tell you that we're using a similar approach for the upcoming Windows Phone 8 Development Internals , by Andrew Whitechapel and Sean McKenna. (By the way, check out the fabulous reviews for Andrew's Windows Phone 7 Development Internals .) Watch this blog: soon we'll publish details of the offer, including a pricing and publication schedule like we did for Programming Windows, Sixth Edition . More soon!
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