January, 2013

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  • Microsoft Press

    RTM’d today: Training Guide: Configuring Windows 8

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    We’re happy to announce that Training Guide: Configuring Windows 8 (ISBN 9780735673229) by Scott Lowe has shipped to the printer! This book will be available at retail stores by the end of the month. If you’re an IT professional with a few years’ experience administering previous versions of Windows client operating systems, you'll want to upgrade your skills to support Windows 8 in your workplace. This book will help you do exactly that. It provides detailed technical information as well as practice exercises to help you expand your skills for deploying, managing, and maintaining Windows 8. If you are planning on getting certified to validate you skills, this book will help round out your study plan. It includes most of the topics and skills covered in the Microsoft certification...
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    A final timing update on Petzold’s Programming Windows 6E ebook

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    Hello! We’re very happy to announce that we have finalized Charles Petzold’s Programming Windows, Sixth Edition ! As many of you know— the many of you who purchased the ebook version of this title and have been receiving incremental releases of the ebook since May 2012 —Charles began writing this book against prerelease software and we released early versions of the ebook so that you could ramp up on writing apps for the Windows Store as early as possible. Follow that link at the beginning of this paragraph and you’ll see the unique offer we crafted for Charles’s ebook. Right now we’re creating the various ebook formats from our final files—this means we’re in the final days of the $40 period for the ebook. The price will jump to $50...
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    Author news: Andrew Brust is now a SQL Server MVP

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    A hearty congratulations to Andrew Brust, author of Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (Microsoft Press, 2012), for becoming a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional . Take a look at Andrew’s MVP profile here . Here’s an earlier post by Andrew as he was launching his Big on Data blog . Again, congrats, Andrew!
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    Author news: Charles Petzold begins a new column

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    Hello. We’re excited to help spread the word about Charles Petzold’s new MSDN Magazine column: DirectX Factor. (By the way, watch for a post from us very soon with an update about the about-to-publish Programming Windows, Sixth Edition . Hint: you have just a few days left to buy the ebook at a discounted price.) From the Petzold Book Blog : Introducing DirectX Factor I am thrilled to announce that beginning in the January 2013 issue of MSDN Magazine , I will be writing a new column called DirectX Factor focusing on using DirectX in Windows 8 (and Windows Phone 8) applications. You can read the first installment on line, as well as Michael Desmond's Editor's Note about the new column. Like many developers, I've been very intrigued by the strategy Microsoft has taken with Windows 8. For writing...
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    Jeffrey Richter: Foreword for upcoming Windows Azure book

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    Greetings! We’re currently working with Paul Mehner on a book titled Developing Cloud Applications with Windows Azure Storage , which we expect to publish in April. Jeffrey Richter, who recently published a new edition of his classic CLR via C# (sample chapters available here ), has contributed a Foreword to Paul’s book. Enjoy: Jeff here. To my fellow Data Lover, The most important part of any application is its data. Data is used for user accounts, orders, game scores, news items, status updates, documents, photos, music, images—the list goes on and on. It used to be that data was all about bytes stored on a hard disk and how quickly our applications could access these bytes. But for today’s modern cloud-based applications, topics related to data now include: The geo-location of the data center...
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    New book: Exam Ref 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

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    NOTE: This book has been updated for R2. You can buy it here from our official distributor, Pearson, or wherever books are sold.   We’re happy to announce that the latest edition of our new Exam Ref series, Exam Ref 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (ISBN 9780735673168) by Craig Zacker, is available for purchase. Use this book as an aid in your studies to take the Microsoft Exam 70-410. The contents and information about the book are on this previous blog post . Chapter 3 Configure Hyper-V (excerpt) The concept of virtualizing servers has, in the past several years, grown from a novel experiment to a convenient lab and testing tool to a legitimate deployment strategy for production servers. Windows Server 2012 includes the Hyper-V role, which enables administrators...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Word 2013 Step By Step

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    We are excited to announce that Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735669123) by Joan Lambert and Joyce Cox has shipped to the printer! The smart way to learn Microsoft Word 2013 —one step at a time! Experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to create great-looking documents with Microsoft Word 2013. With Step by Step, you set the pace—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! • Create documents on your PC or touch-enabled device • Master core tools for designing and editing docs • Manage page layout, style, and navigation • Organize content in tables, lists, and charts • Add pictures, diagrams, and other visuals • Create custom styles and templates Your Step by Step digital...
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    Quick news: Microsoft Press titles receive awards from competition

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    The Puget Sound Society for Technical Communication (STC) has announced awards for the following Microsoft Press books from the 2012 competition. Congratulations to our authors and editors who worked on these fine books! Excellence The future of looking back Microsoft Manual of Style, Fourth Edition Merit Working with Microsoft Office 365: Running Your Small Business in the Cloud MCITP 70-663 Exam Ref: Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Inside Windows Debugging Visual Models for Software Requirements
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