August, 2013

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  • Microsoft Press

    Quick news: Second Shot Back for Certification Candidates

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    Passing Microsoft Certification exams can be tough, but for a limited time, you’ll get a free second chance to succeed. With Second Shot, if you fail your exam the first time you take it, you can use the same voucher for your retake exam. Details Click here for details
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    New book: Software Requirements, Third Edition

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    We’re so pleased to announce that Software Requirements, Third Edition (9780735679665) is available for purchase. Purchase at The Microsoft Press Store . Now in its third edition, this classic guide to software requirements engineering has been fully updated with new topics, examples, and guidance. Two leaders in the requirements community have teamed up to deliver a contemporary set of practices covering the full range of requirements development and management activities on software projects. •Describes practical, effective, field-tested techniques for managing the requirements engineering process from end to end. •Provides examples demonstrating how requirements “good practices” can lead to fewer change requests, higher customer satisfaction, and lower...
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    New book: Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Pocket Consultant: Configuration & Clients

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    We’re happy to announce that Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Pocket Consultant: Configuration & Clients (9780735681682) is available for purchase. Purchase at The Microsoft Press Store . The portable, practical guide for Exchange administrators Portable and precise, this pocket-sized guide delivers ready answers for administering configuration and clients in Exchange Server 2013. Zero in on core tasks through quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. You’ll get the focused information you need to save time and get the job done-whether at your desk or in the field. Coverage includes: •Deploying Exchange Server 2013 •Administration essentials •Using Exchange Management Shell •Managing Exchange clients •User and contact...
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    New book: MOS 2013 Study Guide for Microsoft Excel

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    We’re happy to announce that MOS 2013 Study Guide for Microsoft Excel ( 9780735669208) is available for purchase. Purchase at The Microsoft Press Store . In-depth exam prep for MOS Excel certification Demonstrate your expertise with Microsoft Office! Designed to help you practice and prepare for the 2013 Excel Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam, this all-in-one study guide features: •Full, objective-by-objective exam coverage •Easy-to-follow procedures and illustrations to review essential skills •Hands-on practice tasks to apply what you’ve learned; files included •Online pre-test to assess your readiness Use the in-depth exam prep, practice, and review to help advance your proficiency with Microsoft Office—and earn the credential...
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    New book: Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Step by Step

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    We’re happy to announce that Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Step by Step (9780735667037) is available for purchase. Purchase at The Microsoft Press Store . The smart way to learn Microsoft SharePoint 2013—one step at a time! Experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to boost team collaboration with SharePoint 2013. With Step by Step, you set the pace—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! •Customize your team site’s layout, features, and apps •Manage and share ideas, documents, and data •Capture and organize content into lists and libraries •Automate business processes with built-in workflows •Use social features to communicate and collaborate •Publish content...
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    From the MVPs: SharePoint 2013 Business Data Connectivity OData models with notification subscriptions

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    This is the 29th in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). You can click the “MVPs” tag in the right column of our blog to see all the articles. 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 new SharePoint MVP Chris Givens . Thanks, Chris! Hi, Chris here. So, what have I been working on for the past two weeks?  Well, other than...
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    Windows Dev Center: What’s new in Internet Explorer 11 Preview

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    Hi. I’m Kristi Rasmussen and I work on content for the Windows Dev Center and Internet Explorer. I’m excited to tell you about Internet Explorer 11! With better compatibility, more responsive touch browsing, great developer tools, and support for WebGL for rendering interactive 2D and 3D graphics, IE11 is promising to be a great browser experience for web developers. I’ll give you some teasers here for IE11 Preview, but for the full story, check out the Internet Explorer 11 Developer’s Guide . A few areas of interest include: Compatibility :   Sites just work better in IE11 Preview. You get improved compatibility with web standards , other browsers, and websites. You can also update your sites to match the latest flexbox standard to simplify cross-browser code. F12 developer tools...
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    New book: Exam Ref 70-483–Programming in C#

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    Buy this book Focused preparation for Exam 70-483 Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-483—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of programming in C#. Designed for experienced software developers ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the Microsoft Specialist level. Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives: •Manage Program Flow •Create and Use Types •Debug Applications and Implement Security •Implement Data Access This Microsoft Exam Ref: •Organizes its coverage by exam objectives. •Features strategic, what-if scenarios to challenge you. Author: Wouter de Kort is an independent technical coach, trainer, and developer at Seize IT. He is MCSD certified. As a software architect, he has directed the development...
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    Windows Dev Center: New for Windows 8.1

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    Hi. John Osborne here. I work on content for the Windows Dev Center. Windows 8.1 Preview is here! And it’s got lots of new tools and features for developers that I’d like to share with you. I’ll only touch on some of the highlights – for the full picture, you can visit our Feature Guide at the Windows Dev Center . There you’ll find a complete list of the new APIs, with links to new guidelines and technologies. First, you’ll want to try the free downloads: Download Windows 8.1 : get the Preview version of Windows 8.1 Download the Windows 8.1 samples pack : new code samples help you get familiar with the Windows 8.1 APIs Download Visual Studio Express 2013 Preview for Windows : debug your asynchronous code, and try out the new features for XAML design and web apps Get the standalone Windows 8...
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    New book: Microsoft Access 2013 Inside Out

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    Purchase at The Microsoft Press Store . Conquer Microsoft Access 2013—from the inside out! You’re beyond the basics, so dive right into Access 2013—and use your skills to create sophisticated database apps! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. It’s all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts tackle Access 2013—and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery. •Build an Access Services web app with Microsoft SharePoint Server •Automate your Access web app with data macros •Create tables in your Access web app using built-in templates •Aggregate and display your web app data using totals queries •Use the Autocomplete control to quickly...
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    Jump Starts: Gaming for Windows 8 and Windows Store Apps

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    Microsoft Virtual Academy has some cool Jump Starts coming up (8/21 and 8/22) August 21: Gaming Engines for Windows 8 Jump Start Learn all about developing games for Windows 8! Register here: http://aka.ms/Gaming This Jump Start takes you through every aspect of developing games for Windows 8, from figuring out your audience to getting them to pay for your product. It includes demos and lots of tips on using gaming tools such as Construct2 by Scirra, GameMaker by YoYo Games, and Unity. Learn it all from three Microsoft Technical Evangelists with a passion for the technology: Jeremy Foster , Michael Palermo , and Adam Tuliper . Course Outline     - Planning your game: define your audience, market and technologies     - Game assets: images, models, and audio    ...
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    New book: Exam Ref 70-484- Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps using C#

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    Purchase at The Microsoft Press Store . Focused preparation for Exam 70-484 Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-484—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of programming Windows Store apps using C#. Designed for experienced software developers ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSD level. Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives: •Design Windows Store Apps •Develop Windows Store Apps •Create the User Interface •Program the User Interaction •Manage Security and Data This Microsoft Exam Ref: •Organizes its coverage by exam objectives. •Features strategic, what-if scenarios to challenge you. •Includes a 15% exam...
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    Quick news: New review of Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming

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    We’re very pleased to see that one of our books from 2002, Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming , by Jeffrey Richter, still resonates with .NET developers. Check out this new Amazon review, after all these years: “It’s one of those things. You look back and wonder - how did I miss writing a review for this amazing book? I read this when I was starting out as a .NET developer many many eons ago. And in retrospective, I think I was a genius to pick this book as one of the first books I read on the topic. (In fact, I just got very very lucky when an awesome friend gifted it to me). It’s got all the basic framework concepts, and Jeffrey Richter explains things in such an eloquent way that you just get it. I understood threading, garbage collection, etc....
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    New book: Microsoft ADO.NET Entity Framework Step by Step

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    Purchase at The Microsoft Press Store Your hands-on guide to Entity Framework fundamentals Expand your expertise—and teach yourself the fundamentals of the Microsoft ADO.NET Entity Framework 5. If you have previous programming experience but are new to the Entity Framework, this tutorial delivers the step-by-step guidance and coding exercises you need to master core topics and techniques. Discover how to: •Access data in a managed way—using minimal code •Apply three workflows supported by the Entity Framework •Perform essential tasks with full automation in place •Manipulate data with both LINQ and Entity SQL •Create examples that rely on Table-Valued Functions •Determine the remedies for Entity-specific exceptions •Explore...
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    Jump Starts: Recorded sessions on Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center and PowerShell

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    Didn’t make it for the live sessions? Don’t worry. You can always find recorded Jump Starts on the latest technologies at the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Getting Started with PowerShell 3.0 - http://aka.ms/pwrshll What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 - http://bit.ly/1clptvt What’s New in System Center 2012 R2 - http://aka.ms/SCVOD
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    New book: Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps

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    Purchase at The Microsoft Press Store Automate Windows administration tasks with ease by learning the fundamentals of Windows PowerShell 3.0. Get started with this powerful Windows administration tool Automate Windows administration tasks with ease by learning the fundamentals of Windows PowerShell 3.0. Led by a Windows PowerShell expert, you’ll learn must-know concepts and techniques through easy-to-follow explanations, examples, and exercises. Once you complete this practical introduction, you can go deeper into the Windows PowerShell command line interface and scripting language with Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step. Discover how to: •Create effective Windows PowerShell commands with one line of code •Apply Windows PowerShell commands across several Windows...
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    RTM’d today: Software Requirements, Third Edition

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    We’re thrilled to announce that Software Requirements, Third Edition (ISBN 9780735679665), by Karl Wiegers and Joy Beatty, has shipped to the printer! Now in its third edition, this classic guide to software requirements engineering has been fully updated with new topics, examples, and guidance. Two leaders in the requirements community have teamed up to deliver a contemporary set of practices covering the full range of requirements development and management activities on software projects. New chapters are included on specifying data requirements, writing high-quality functional requirements, and requirements reuse. Considerable depth has been added on business requirements, elicitation techniques, and nonfunctional requirements. In addition, new chapters recommend effective requirements...
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