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  • Blog Post: From the MVPs: Manage media delivery in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure and Media Services

    This is the 50 th 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...
  • Blog Post: Guest article: Microsoft Azure dev/test scenario considerations

    Greetings. Today we’re happy to share an article by Robin Shahan, one of the authors of our recently published free ebook Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure . Enjoy! Robin here. One of the common uses of Azure is the dev/test scenario. In most cases, you can replicate all or...
  • Blog Post: Free ebook: Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation

    Download the PDF (3.30 MB) Mobi and ePub formats will be available soon. We’re happy to announce the release of our newest free ebook, Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation (ISBN 9780735698154), by Michael McKeown. This is the second ebook in Microsoft Press’s free Microsoft Azure Essentials series...
  • Blog Post: Sample chapter: Extend Microsoft Access Applications to the Cloud: Creating Data Sources by Using Queries

    In this chapter from Extend Microsoft Access Applications to the Cloud , Andrew Couch provides a detailed explanation of how queries are created and how they can then be used in your application. In this chapter: Creating basic queries Adding criteria to queries Adding calculations to queries Adding...
  • Blog Post: Sample chapter: Azure Websites and Azure Cloud Services

    In this chapter from Microsoft Azure Essentials - Fundamentals of Azure , the authors take a look at two of the Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings in Microsoft Azure: Azure Websites and Azure Cloud Services. They talk about what Azure Websites is, how to use the service to create websites, and how...
  • Blog Post: New book: Extend Microsoft Access Applications to the Cloud

    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Extend Microsoft Access Applications to the Cloud (ISBN 9780735667686), by Andrew Couch. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Build new Access cloud...
  • Blog Post: Free ebook: Microsoft Azure Essentials Fundamentals of Azure

    Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re happy to announce the release of our newest free ebook, Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure (ISBN 9780735697225), by Michael S. Collier and Robin E. Shahan. This is the first ebook in Microsoft Press...
  • Blog Post: New book: Exam Ref 70-247 Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud

    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-247 Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud (ISBN 9780735686182), by Orin Thomas. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Prepare for Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: New book: Exam Ref 70-246 Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud

    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-246 Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud (9780735686175), by Orin Thomas. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Description...
  • Blog Post: Sample chapter: Configure Data Center Process Automation Using System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2

    In this sample chapter from Exam Ref 70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud , by Orin Thomas, you’ll learn about data center process automation using System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Objectives in this chapter: Objective 1.1: Implement workflows Objective 1.2: Implement service...
  • Blog Post: Free ebook: Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure

    Greetings! We’re happy to release a free ebook today: Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure: Best practices for DevOps, data storage, high availability, and more , by Scott Guthrie, Mark Simms, Tom Dykstra, Rick Anderson, and Mike Wasson. You can download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub)...
  • Blog Post: Free ebook: Microsoft System Center: Integrated Cloud Platform

    Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re happy to announce the final ebook in our System Center series: Microsoft System Center – Integrated Cloud Platform by David Ziembicki and Mitch Tulloch, series editor. Introduction Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Webinar: Hybrid Cloud Series - Episode One

    Join our featured speakers, Microsoft Technical Fellow and Microsoft Press author Mark Russinovich and Microsoft Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson, for the first webinar of the Hybrid Cloud series. Learn about the basics of hybrid cloud including Microsoft’s definition of the hybrid cloud, its key...
  • Blog Post: Event: Accelerate Your Insights

    Drive your business in real-time, from apps to insights, using all your data, big and small. Hear from CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner, and CVP Quentin Clark on how to transform data into action by combining the power of SQL Server 2014 with the familiarity of Power BI for Office 365. Mark your calendar...
  • Blog Post: Q & A with Marc Farley, author of Rethinking Enterprise Storage free ebook

    As you might have seen, Microsoft Press published a new free ebook this week: Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model . Below is a quick Q & A with the author about the book. Enjoy. Q: Why is Rethinking Enterprise Storage an important book for people to read now? A: Cloud services...
  • Blog Post: Free ebook: Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model

    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model (ISBN 9780735679603), by Marc Farley, as a free download! You can download the PDF version of this title here (120 pages; 3 MB). We will update this post soon with links to EPUB and MOBI files....
  • Blog Post: Quick news: Two new Jump Starts coming right up!

    One June 20: Move to Hybrid Cloud with System Center & Windows Azure Jump Start. Details here. On June 21: Getting Started with Microsoft Big Data, Hive & HDInsight Jump Start. Details here . Both are free. Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Author news: Loads of guidance from Kraig Brockschmidt beyond his free ebook

    Hello again, Kraig here. Earlier this year we announced my blog, http://www.kraigbrockschmidt.com/blog , where I’d promised to be posting corrections to my free ebook, Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript , along with other material that I wasn’t able to include in the book. As many...
  • Blog Post: RTM’d today: Developing Cloud Applications with Windows Azure Storage

    We are happy to share that Paul Mehner’s book Developing Cloud Applications with Windows Azure Storage (ISBN 9780735667983) has shipped to the printer, and will be available online and in stores later this month. Two sample chapters from this book are available as a free download from the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Jeffrey Richter: Foreword for upcoming Windows Azure book

    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...
  • Blog Post: New book: Working with Microsoft Office 365: Running Your Small Business in the Cloud

    We’re excited to announce the availability of Working with Microsoft Office 365: Running Your Small Business in the Cloud (ISBN: 9780735658998; 370 pages), by Brett Hill! As Brett makes clear in the book, the benefits of moving your business to the cloud are strong ones in terms of increased...
  • Blog Post: Free Jump Start: May 15-16, 2012–What can you do about the "consumerization" of IT?

    The culture of work is changing. People want the freedom to work anywhere—at home, in the office, on the road—and they want instant access to everything they would typically have at their office desk. They want to bring their own PCs, slates, and smartphones to work. Not to mention, everyone's more connected...
  • Blog Post: Jump Start class: Creating and managing a private cloud with System Center 2012

    Greetings. We’d like to make sure you know about some upcoming free training. Here are the details: Course: “Creating and Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Jump Start” Date/Time: February 21-22, 2012 from 9:00am – 5:00pm PST Where: Live virtual classroom...
  • Blog Post: Quick news: Windows Azure events streaming live all day today

    In case you missed it, today is a Windows Azure day. Take a look at the five events Channel 9 is streaming live today: http://www.learnwindowsazureevent.com/ “Join us LIVE from the Microsoft Redmond Campus to learn how to get started building applications for the cloud from Microsoft technical...
  • Blog Post: Webcasts: Coming up this week

      Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 Office 365 and Exchange Online Learn how the new Exchange Online service of Office 365 allows you to have access to email, calendar, and contacts from virtually anywhere from your desktop, browser, and mobile devices. 1 PM Pacific Time (9pm - London | 4pm - New York | Fri...
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