November, 2012

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    New book: Team Collaboration: Using Microsoft Office for More Effective Teamwork

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    We are happy to announce that Team Collaboration: Using Microsoft Office for More Effective Teamwork (ISBN 9780735669628) by John Pierce is now available for purchase! Set the stage for more effective collaboration in your organization using Microsoft Office. Whether coordinating a cross-team project or leading your workgroup, you’ll discover how to combine your skills with Office programs with best practices for enabling your team’s best work. Apply expert insights for increasing the collaboration power of teams and groups Take advantage of the collaboration features in Microsoft Word ,Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote to manage shared work and communications Learn ways to use Microsoft SharePoint to enable teamwork Team Collaboration: Using Microsoft Office...
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    New book: CLR via C#, Fourth Edition

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    We’re excited to announce the availability of CLR via C#, Fourth Edition (ISBN 9780735667457) by Jeffrey Richter! This is a must-have title for developers who want a deep understanding of the tools they’re using and the concepts they’re employing. Learn why C# is the way it is by reading Richter’s deft explanation of how the common language runtime (CLR) works and the facilities that it offers, and about the core parts of the Framework Class Library (FCL). In today’s post, please enjoy an excerpt from Chapter 21, “The Managed Heap and Garbage Collection.” For an excerpt from the Introduction and a look at the book’s contents, take a look at this previous post . Chapter 21 The Managed Heap and Garbage Collection (excerpt) In this chapter...
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    Ed Wilson: The impromptu PowerShell summit in Zurich

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    Summary: I talk about meeting up with MOW, and Fermin and friends in Zurich Well, the Scripting Wife and I arrived in Zurich following our excursion to CERN. It was a beautiful train trip, and I was able to get a decent amount of work completed on my new PowerShell 3.0 book. Our hotel in Zurich was probably the best one in which we have stayed this trip (thanks to lots of hotel points) and it set the stage perfectly for our impromptu PowerShell summit. Here is a picture of one of the trains taken from our hotel window … pretty cool huh … Originally, the plan was to visit my old mentor Hans Reh (an architect in Microsoft Premier Field Engineering (PFE)) and to see our old friend Rolf Kerscher. Rolf was the person responsible for organizing many of my German PowerShell workshops in the past,...
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    New book: Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

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    NOTE: This book has been updated for R2. You can buy it here from The Microsoft Press Store. We’re happy to announce the availability of Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (ISBN 9780735673106)! Written by Mitch Tulloch, this book helps enterprise administrators build their skills in the area of deploying and managing Windows Server 2012 core services. Readers develop their real-world skills and maximize their on-the-job performance via the book’s many lessons, exercises, and suggested practices. In addition, readers can use this Training Guide as a learning resource, along with on-the-job experience, to help them prepare for the 70-410 exam. In today’s post, please enjoy an excerpt from Chapter 6, “Network administration.” Chapter...
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    Ed Wilson: Dortmund, Geneva, Zurich

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    SUMMARY: Our trip now takes us from the Netherlands to Dortmund, to Geneva and on to Zurich Well the Scripting Wife and I had a wonderful time at the first ever Dutch PowerShell user group. I delivered two presentations and made dozens of new contacts and friends. The following day, Jeff Wouters took Teresa and I out and showed us around. On the way Teresa made a new friend as seen here. Of course no trip to the Netherlands is complete without a picture of a windmill. So, here is the windmill. Teresa and I have known Jeff as an active participant in the PowerShell community for years. He has written guest blog entries and has been active in the Scripting Games. He is a great blogger and a tremendous PowerShell advocate. So, we got on the train that evening and headed to Dortmund, Germany where...
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    From the MVPs: Shared code for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

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    Here’s the 20th 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 Jeremy Likness . Thanks, Jeremy! The end of October 2012 marked a major set of milestones for Microsoft’s mobile computing story. Consumers learned about the availability...
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    Cyber Monday: Microsoft Press books on sale at O’Reilly

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    To celebrate Cyber Monday, you can get some great deals on Microsoft Press books today from our distributor, O’Reilly Media. Click: Cyber Monday Sale Page
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    Ed Wilson: The first ever Dutch PowerShell User Group

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    Summary: Speaking at the first ever Dutch PowerShell User Group Well the Scripting Wife and I left Oslo and traveled to Copenhagen via train. There we boarded a sleeper train, and woke up the next day in the Netherlands. We were met in Utrecht at the train by Microsoft PFE Stefan Stranger, and shuttled immediately to the first ever Dutch PowerShell User Group. We arrived just in time for Stefan to make his presentation. He made an excellent presentation about using Visual Studio Team Services for source control for PowerShell. He has written a module that permits checking scripts in and out directly from within the Windows PowerShell ISE. Here is a picture of Stefan. Stefan did a great job, and I have asked him to think about writing up his technique and his module into a guest Hey Scripting...
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    Ed Wilson: The visit to the Oslo PowerShell User Group

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    Summary: Ed Wilson talks about the first ever Dutch PowerShell User Group Well, things have been very busy for Teresa and I. In Oslo, we met up with Windows PowerShell MVP Jan Egil Ring. We went out for a nice dinner, got to see the state theatre, the Parliament building and other cool and interesting things in Oslo. Here is a picture of Jan and I. My presentation for the Oslo PowerShell user group was at the university where they have an awesome facility. Teresa was busy showing off her Windows Surface to the members of the group – many of who had never seen the device. They were soon filled with envy and stated verbally that they wanted one. Here is Teresa and a few of her new found friends as they pass around the device and put it through its paces. The meeting was sold out, and the room...
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    Author spotlight: William Stanek

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    Once the upcoming book Windows Server 2012 Inside Out hits the shelves in February, 2013, it will mark the 150th book written by William Stanek. We at Microsoft Press want to congratulate him. He is one of our top authors and someone whose books receive the highest ratings from readers in our book survey.  Here’s to many more years of working with you, William! Order your copy of from our distributor here Recent titles by William Stanek               Follow William Stanek On Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/William.Stanek.Author On Twitter - http://twitter.com/williamstanek His website - http://www.williamrstanek.com
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    Update on Programming Windows, Sixth Edition

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    Greetings, everyone. Charles Petzold is writing his final chapter, Chapter 19, “Pen (AKA Stylus)”; Marc Young, the book’s Technical Reviewer, is reviewing Chapter 17, “Share and Print”; and I’m wrapping up my edit of Chapter 14, “Bitmaps.” This means we’re looking very very good for publishing the book in January! If you’d like to get draft e-versions of 13 of the book’s chapters now—and save $10 on the final ebook, which you’ll also receive, by doing so— see this post . And remember:  
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    New book: Windows 8 Inside Out

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    NOTE: This book has been updated for Windows 8.1 You can buy it here from The Microsoft Press Store. You can now purchase Windows 8 Inside Out , by Tony Northrup. We’re excited to offer a book that has loads of supplemental videos, accessible from both your print book and your ebook. You’re beyond the basics—so dive right into Windows 8 and really put your PC to work! This supremely organized reference is packed with hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. It’s all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts tackle Windows 8—and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery. For a view of the table of contents, please visit this previous blog post . Here is an excerpt from Chapter 17, "Creating a Home Theater PC": ...
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    Ed Wilson: Stockholm to Oslo

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    Last night we had an absolutely awesome time in Stockholm. The Scripting Wife and I met Niklas Goude , Windows PowerShell MVP, and all around nice guy, at our hotel. By the way, Niklas is an Honorary Scripting Guy , and has an awesome blog posting out today on using PowerShell Workflow to Ping computers in Parallel – it is a great article. The hike to the training center We hiked across town to the location that was to host the rebooted Windows PowerShell user group. This was an awesome walk, in and of itself. While we walked, I took 283 pictures as I hoofed it behind Teresa and Niklas. Along the way, we passed a really cool light tower. Not sure what it is in reality, but to me it looks like a light tower. The round light over in the lower middle of the picture is the moon. As you can see...
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    Quick news: Mobi and ePub formats ready for Introducing Windows 8 free ebook

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    We just posted the links to download the Mobi and ePub formats of Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals You can find the links in the blog post 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
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    Free Jump Start: Build Windows Phone 8 Apps on Nov 28-29, 2012

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    Microsoft Learning will be presenting another free Jump Start that you won’t want to miss if you’re interested in building apps for Windows 8 phones. This special live online course is scheduled for two full days of fast-paced, demo-rich sessions led by Microsoft Technical Evangelist, Andy Wigley , and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Strategist, Rob Tiffany . Andy and Rob are two of the most respected experts in mobile app development and are excited to help C#/XAML developers get the most out of the Windows 8 platform. What: Building Apps for Windows Phone 8 Jump Start Date: November 28-29, 2012 Time: 7:00am – 5:00pm PST Cost: FREE! Target audience: Application Developers who want a fast-paced, real-world understanding of how to leverage C# and XAML to build apps for Windows Phone 8 ** REGISTER...
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    Ed Wilson: Hanging out in Stockholm

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    Well the Scripting Wife and I basically took a “down day” yesterday. I had a lot of work I needed to get done, and she snoozed a bit. I needed to complete the page proofs for two chapters of my new PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step book that is coming out soon on Microsoft Press. I also took the opportunity to write a couple of Hey Scripting Guy! blog articles, play with Windows PowerShell, sip some excellent tea, and listen to the Allen Parsons Project on my Zune. Yep, all in all it was a great day. We were able to get out and take some pictures. Here is a pretty cool picture of the harbor (actually, there are lots of harbors here) this particular one is where there are tourist boats offering a harbor cruise.   Stockholm is a beautiful city, and “normal” buildings are are awe inspiring monumental...
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    The first ever PowerShell user group meeting in Copenhagen

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    SUMMARY: In this blog article I talk about my presentation to the first ever Windows PowerShell user group meeting in Copenhagen. One of the great things about PowerShell: community Well, one of the great things about the Windows PowerShell community is the way they all pitch together to help one another. This is expressed via Twitter, Facebook groups, Liinked in groups, blogs, forums, and even videos. The community is extremely rich. As a case in point take Windows PowerShell user groups. There are dozens all over the world. Last night, a new one formed in Copenhagen. Windows PowerShell MVP Claus Nielsen organized the event, and it sold out all 50 available tickets. I was fortunate to be invited to speak at the first event. A picture of me during the presentation appears here. Some of the...
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