January, 2014

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  • Microsoft Press

    Author news: What would YOU like to see presented at //build this year?

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    Hello, Kraig Brockschmidt here. I’ve been busily working on wrapping up the second edition of Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, JavaScript , the second preview of which we made available last fall . It’s been a joy to explore and share with you all the new features of Windows 8.1! Let me also say a big “thank you” to all of you for making this one of the most successful books that Microsoft Press has released recently. I’ve enjoyed seeing all the download numbers, and also seeing it keep a top-ranked spot in Amazon’s free eBooks for Kindle. As many of you know already, I’ve been continuing to post new content and insights on my blog, http://www.kraigbrockschmidt.com/blog , including material from the second edition book. Some examples include Custom Layouts in the WinJS Listview...
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    From the MVPs: Copying a virtual machine from one Windows Azure subscription to another with PowerShell

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    This is the 36th 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 ASP.Net MVP Ido Flatow Thanks, Ido! And don’t forget: a week of free online Windows Azure training is in progress...
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    From the MVPs: Diagnostics and logging in Windows Azure Web Sites

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    This is the 37th 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 Windows Azure MVP Robin Shahan . Thanks, Robin! And don’t forget that it’s Windows Azure Week: a week of free...
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    New book: Windows PowerShell Best Practices

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Windows PowerShell Best Practices (9780735666498), by Ed Wilson. Purchase from these online retailers: The Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Expert recommendations, pragmatically applied. Automate system administration using Windows PowerShell best practices—and optimize your operational efficiency. With this practical guide, Windows PowerShell expert and instructor Ed Wilson delivers field-tested tips, real-world examples, and candid advice culled from administrators across a range of business and technical scenarios. If you’re an IT professional with Windows PowerShell experience, this book is ideal. Discover how to: · Use Windows PowerShell...
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    Free ebooks: Now on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site

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    No doubt, our blog is a great site for announcing new books and other quick bits of news; however, we really needed a great landing page to host our free ebooks in an elegant, easy-to-browse way. Our coworkers at the Microsoft Virtual Academy provided the solution. It’s a perfect place to land, since many of you already consume the Jump Start sessions, live events and archived courses from MVA. So, check it out here . As each new book is released, we’ll add it to the page.
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    Today is our blog’s fifth birthday

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    Thanks for all your support and interest, which has made our blog an all-Microsoft Top 40 every month for the past three years!
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    Quick news: Videos for programmers from Wintellect

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    Wintellect is offering some of their courses free of charge for a limited time. Even if you’re not a subscriber, you can view some great courses from experts like Jeffrey Richter and Jeff Prosise. Find a list of free courses here: http://www.wintellectnow.com/Videos/Index
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    New book: Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Administration Inside Out

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Administration Inside Out (9780735675391). Purchase from these online retailers: The Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Conquer Microsoft SharePoint 2013 administration—from the inside out! Dive into SharePoint 2013 administration—and really put your systems expertise to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. Discover how the experts deploy, configure, and manage SharePoint—and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery. Discover how to: · Automate the installation and configuration of SharePoint 2013 · Effectively...
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    New book: Windows Server 2012 R2 Pocket Consultant: Storage, Security, & Networking

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Windows Server 2012 R2 Pocket Consultant: Storage, Security, & Networking (9780735682597), by William Stanek. Purchase from these online retailers: The Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local The portable, practical guide for Windows Server administrators Portable and precise, this pocket-sized guide delivers ready answers for administering storage, security, and networking features in Windows Server 2012 R2. 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: · Managing file systems and...
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    New book: Microsoft Excel 2013: Data Analysis and Business Modeling

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft Excel 2013: Data Analysis and Business Modeling (9780735669130). Purchase from these online retailers: The Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Description Master business modeling and analysis techniques with Microsoft Excel 2013, and transform data into bottom-line results. Written by award-winning educator Wayne Winston, this hands-on, scenario-focused guide shows you how to use the latest Excel tools to integrate data from multiple tables—and how to effectively build a relational data source inside an Excel workbook. Solve real business problems with Excel—and sharpen your edge Summarize data with PivotTables and Descriptive Statistics...
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    January 27-31 is Windows Azure Week!

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    There’s a lot of great Windows Azure training coming this month during Windows Azure Week, a series of free live online training events.  Watch Microsoft Corporate VP Scott Guthrie build an app from scratch, join Scott Hanselman for a deep dive on building Windows Azure apps, and much more. The five offerings are described below. You can register for any or all that interest you here (or via the links below): http://aka.ms/azureweek . Get Started with Windows Azure Today Jump Start January 27, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm PST Join Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Windows Azure, Scott Guthrie, as he builds a real-world application from scratch, and hear about the platform in a nutshell. Designing Applications for Windows Azure Jump Start January 28, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm PST Developers, do you...
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    Quick news: Microsoft Press is hiring

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    Greetings! Here’s the listing . And here’s a quick snippet from the job description: “We are looking for a passionate and results-driven content developer to provide book planning and acquisitions, project management, and editorial development for Microsoft Press titles. This is a rare opportunity for an experienced editor who understands Microsoft technology, book acquisitions, and manuscript development. The ideal candidate will have the background and passion to dig deep into technology; proven excellence as an acquisitions or developmental editor; strong instructional design skills; proven capability as a project manager; and ability to combine it all to create market-leading Microsoft Press titles.”
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    Windows Dev Center: Create a flexible app UI in Windows 8.1

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    Kristi Rasmussen here from the Windows Developer Content team. If you’re building Windows Store apps, you want great flexibility when designing your UI . You want tiles in varying sizes and resizable windows that give your users more control over your app. Windows 8.1 gives you more power to build the app you want. In an earlier post, I talked about new HTML and XAML controls in Windows 8.1 . Here, we look at new and updated features that help you create a richer, more consistent experience in your app that your users will love. Resizable windows : When developing apps using Windows 8.1, you have more flexibility with window size and position than you’ve had before. Without fixed-width view states, users of your app can resize apps or show multiple windows on the screen of the same app. Because...
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    30th anniversary videos: Father-daughter authors Steve Lambert and Joan Lambert, part 2

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    As promised, we’re posting Part 2 of our interview with Joan Lambert and her father, Steve Lambert, who represent two generations of Microsoft Press authors.  In this video clip, they talk about the freedom that comes along with being authors; what they do in their spare time, and address writer’s block and give some tips on how they overcome it. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to write a technical book, Steve and Joan give you a glimpse of the planning and thought that goes into creating good content with the reader’s needs in mind. You’ll understand why so many of our Office Step by Step books have a loyal following. Keep checking back for new Behind the Books video every month until summer 2014. Subscribe to our RSS feed here .
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    Helpful reviews: Two Microsoft Press books reviewed in PMWorld Journal for January 2014

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    Congratulations to Joy Beatty and her co-authors. Two of her books were reviewed by the PMWorld Journal this month. These are thorough and helpful reviews for anyone thinking about purchasing these books. LINKS TO THE REVIEWS: Visual Models for Software Requirements (Microsoft) By Joy Beatty & Anthony Chen Reviewed by Johnny Gan, PMP (USA) Software Requirements, 3rd Edition (Microsoft) By Karl E Wiegers and Joy Beatty Reviewed by Marta Soncodi (USA)
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    Quick news: Microsoft Press picks up six awards at last night’s STC ceremony

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    January is award season. Although this ceremony wasn’t as glamorous as the Golden Globes or the Oscars, it meant a lot to the authors and editors who were recognized for their outstanding contributions to technical communications. The Puget Sound chapter of the Society for Technical Communication hosted its annual dinner and awards ceremony last night. Here are some pictures from the event. Special thanks go to author Karl Wiegers for traveling from his home in the Portland, Ore., area to Seattle to accept his award in person. Editor Devon Musgrave accepts the award on behalf of the author and editors of CLR via C#, Fourth Edition Author Karl Wiegers picks up the award for Software Requirements, Third Edition , which he co-wrote with Joy Beatty. At left is STC...
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    Quick news: Companion content for Creating Research and Scientific Documents Using Microsoft Word

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    Greetings. We’ve heard from some readers that the website pointed to in the book for the companion content has been unavailable. Please note that you can also access the book’s companion content here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/store/creating-research-and-scientific-documents-using-microsoft-9780735670440 or via the Companion Content link here (which takes you to the same place as the link above): https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/content/images/9780735670440/downloads/9780735670440_files.zip
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