January, 2013

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  • Microsoft Press

    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: Programming Windows, Sixth Edition

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    Hello, programmers! We’re happy to announce that Charles Petzold’s newest update to his classic book, Programming Windows , has shipped to the printer! The book contains 1136 pages—we were simply silly to originally estimate the book’s length at 800 pages—and its ISBN is 9780735671768. You can also download a PDF with two complete chapters and the full Table of Contents here . [NOTE: OK, the sample-chapters PDF has been fixed; please download it again.] Programming Windows, Sixth Edition focuses on creating Windows 8 apps accessing the Windows Runtime with XAML and C#. (The book also provides C++ code samples.) The Sixth Edition includes 19 chapters in two parts: PART I ELEMENTALS CHAPTER 1 Markup and Code 3 CHAPTER 2 XAML Syntax 31 CHAPTER 3 Basic Event...
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    RTM’d today: Windows Server 2012 Inside Out

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    We’re happy to announce that Windows Server 2012 Inside Out (ISBN 9780735666313) by William Stanek has shipped to the printer! Dive into Windows Server 2012—and really put your systems expertise to work! This supremely organized reference is packed with hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. Discover how the experts tackle deployment, configuration, and management—and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery. You can download the full table of contents and a couple of sample chapters here . In this post, we are sharing a quick view of the contents and an excerpt from the Introduction. Introduction ( excerpt ) Welcome to Windows Server 2012 Inside Out . As the author of many popular technology books, I’ve been writing...
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    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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    New book: Training Kit (Exam 70-463): Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

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    We’re happy to announce the availability of the Training Kit (Exam 70-463): Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (ISBN 978-0-7356-6609-2). If you are planning to take the 70-463 exam, are an ETL or data warehouse developer who focuses on creating business intelligence (BI) solutions, this is the book for you. Written Dejan Sarka, Matija Lah, and Grega Jerkic, who are experts in the field, you’ll work through lessons and practical exercises at your own pace, and then assess your skills with online practice tests You’ll review how to: Design and implement a data warehouse Develop and enhance SQL Server Integration Services packages Manage and maintain SQL Server Integration Services packages Build data quality solutions Implement...
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    New book: Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step

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    We are happy to announce that Microsoft Word 2013 Step By Step (ISBN 9780735669123), by Joan Lambert and Joyce Cox is now available for purchase here or here . To support an independent bookstore, order here . A free PDF of this book’s sample chapters are available to download from the Microsoft Download Center here . Here is an excerpt from Chapter 15, Collaborate on documents: Tracking and managing document changes When two or more people collaborate on a document, one person usually creates and “owns” the document and the others review it, adding or revising content to make it more accurate, logical, or readable. In Word, reviewers can turn on the Track Changes feature so that the revisions they make to the document are recorded without the original text...
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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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    RTM’d today: Microsoft SharePoint 2013 App Development

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Scot Hillier and Ted Pattison’s book, Microsoft SharePoint 2013 App Development has shipped to the printer! Take advantage of the most important new concept in Microsoft SharePoint 2013--the app. Led by two SharePoint experts and MVPs, you’ll learn development techniques such as building app lists, creating event handlers, and the major classes in the object model that provide access to content stored in SharePoint. You’ll get expert guidance on how to develop SharePoint-hosted apps and cloud-hosted apps, adopt the new patterns for app development, build maintainable apps with the MVVM and MVC patterns, utilize the client-side object model (CSOM) and the REST API in your apps, and authenticate and establish app identity using...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Step by Step

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    We are excited to announce that Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735669109) by Joan Lambert and Joyce Cox has shipped to the printer! The smart way to learn Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 —one step at a time! Experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to create professional-looking presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. With Step by Step, you set the pace—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! • Create presentations on your PC or touch device • Design, organize, and polish your slides • Add tables, charts, and other graphics • Engage your audience with animation, audio, and video • Make your own themes and templates • Share, review, and deliver your presentation Your...
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    Special offer: Save on award-winning books by Microsoft Press

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    Our official distributor, O’Reilly Media, is running a special discount on books that recently won awards from the Society for Technical Communication (STC) of Puget Sound. Hurry. Deal ends Jan 16, 2013. Click here to see the books  
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    prePress: Exploring Microsoft SharePoint 2013: New Features & Functions

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    We’re very pleased to announce the prePress eBook version of Penelope Coventry’s book, Exploring Microsoft SharePoint 2013: New Features & Functions is available! With Microsoft prePress, you can order this ebook version and receive advance chapters now in just-written, not fully polished form. (Also applies to the ebook you get with the combined "Print & Ebook" option.) You'll be notified as new installments become available, and you'll get the complete and final ebook when released. It's a great way to get a headstart on a new topic or technology. Discover what’s new and what’s changed in SharePoint 2013—and get a head start using these cutting-edge capabilities to improve organizational collaboration and effectiveness. Led by a Microsoft MVP for...
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    Quick news: Update on sample code for Programming Windows, Sixth Edition

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    UPDATE: The sample code is now available via the book's companion content page . The size of the ZIP is 30.7 MB. ORIGINAL POST: Greetings! We’ve received the final C# and C++ sample code from Charles Petzold for Programming Windows, Sixth Edition . We’re doing some final checks and working on getting it posted to the book’s companion content page . Please note that the files currently available there are for the Release Preview version of the ebook . We’ll let you know as soon as the final files replace those. It should happen in the next day or two.
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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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    New book: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Step by Step

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    We are happy to announce that Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735669109) by Joan Lambert and Joyce Cox is now available! Purchase From Amazon click here From The Microsoft Press Store click here From an independent bookseller click here Download Free Sample Chapters From the Microsoft.com Download Center click here Below is an excerpt from Chapter 12, Create custom presentation elements. Creating themes, theme colors, and theme fonts As you learned in Chapter 3, “Work with slides,” a simple way to dress up a presentation is to apply a theme to make its colors, fonts, formatting, graphics, and other elements consistent from slide to slide. Understanding theme colors...
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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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    Author news: Announcing Kraig Brockschmidt’s blog

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    Kraig here. Anytime you write a book, such as Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript , a free ebook that we released last October in conjunction with Windows 8, you almost immediately see things to change or update! There are always more topics you would have liked to cover, but didn’t have time in completing the overall book. There are also the inevitable glitches here and there (like these bad links —only three out of more than 1400), and many little tidbits that would’ve take too much time to work into the book’s flow. You can’t push out deadlines indefinitely! Within Microsoft, I also see many little questions and answers fly around our internal discussion groups, many of which are certainly useful to developers in general. While I might incorporate many of these into...
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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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