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    A competition for kids: Kodu Cup

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    Right now, for students 9–17 years old, the Kodu Cup is on! Check out the prizes here , including the grand prize: Grand Prize Microsoft Prize Pack $5,000 Cash Prize New York Trip for 2 to the Imagine Cup including roundtrip airfare, transportation, 3 nights occupancy at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, and $250 cash Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect 3 month Xbox LIVE Gold Toshiba - Satellite Laptop Microsoft - Arc Laser Mouse Microsoft Office Professional 2010 Grand Prize Trophy Here’s a little bit about the Kodu Game Lab : “Kodu provides an end-to-end creative environment for designing, building, and playing your own new games. The core of the Kodu project is the programming user interface. The language is simple and entirely icon-based. Programs are composed of pages, which are broken down into...
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    Subscribe to the MIX Newsletter

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    Be among the first to hear about the next MIX event, including location, dates and introductory pricing. Sign Up Here
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    An overview of how we gather and use your feedback

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    Greetings, everybody! The Microsoft Press team is currently reviewing all the feedback you’ve sent us in the first quarter of the year (January through March) via the following mechanisms: Our anonymous survey: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/booksurvey Amazon.com and http://microsoftpress.oreilly.com/ reader reviews Our support alias: mspinput [at] microsoft.com We gather the data into four reports: Developer, Information Worker, IT Professional (without Training Kits), and Training Kits. All of us—from Production Engineer to Publisher—read the reports, and we also assign rotating primary reviewers to summarize the trends in your feedback and to suggest changes we can make to address your feedback. (For example, last time we decided that the URL pointing...
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    RTM’d today: Documents, Presentations, and Workbooks: Using Microsoft Office to Create Content That Gets Noticed

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Stephanie Krieger’s book, Documents, Presentations, and Workbooks: Using Microsoft Office to Create Content That Gets Noticed has shipped to the printer! Office MVP Stephanie Krieger offers her expert techniques and best practices for creating professional-looking documents, slide presentations, and worksheets -- and helps you apply these skills with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in Office 2010 or Office for Mac 2011. This practical guide provides constructive advice and timesaving tips to help you produce compelling content that delivers—and gets noticed. You'll work smarter, not harder! Plan and design presentations and reports that get your message across; determine the best ways to use templates and themes in Word, PowerPoint...
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    New book: Microsoft Visio 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re excited to announce that Scott Helmer’s Microsoft Visio 2010 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735648876; 472 pages) is now available for purchase! You can find the book’s introduction in this previous post . In today’s post, please enjoy an excerpt from Chapter 10, “Visualizing Your Data.” After you have data in your Visio diagram, you need techniques to make that data visible. With a Visio data graphic , you can do just that by displaying text or a graphic on a Visio shape based on the data inside the shape. Read more to learn how to use Visio 2010 data graphics to present shape data in a variety of attractive and useful ways. Enhancing Diagrams with Data-Driven Graphics A person using a Visio diagram you create can learn a lot about the subject...
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    Coming soon: Kinect for Windows SDK beta

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    Greetings! In case you missed it, in a press release from MIX11 yesterday , the following news was shared: Today at MIX, Microsoft detailed some of the features in the Kinect for Windows Beta SDK from Microsoft Research coming in the spring, including the following: Robust Skeletal Tracking for high-performance capabilities that track the skeleton image of one or two persons moving within the Kinect field of view Advanced Audio Capabilities, including four-element microphone array with sophisticated acoustic noise and echo cancellation for great audio; beam formation to identify the current sound source and integration with the Windows speech recognition API also included XYZ depth camera for standard color camera stream access and depth data that indicates the distance of...
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    Get Your MIX Fix Online

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    Find out what you missed at this year’s event - the latest news from Internet Explorer, Windows Phone and Silverlight, great technical and UX content and more than 150 top speakers in the web community.  Stream or download video and presentation content for free at live.visitmix.com .
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    Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 1 was released today

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    In case you missed the announcement at MIX11 earlier today, IE10 Platform Preview 1 is now available: http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Info/Downloads/Default.html . The Release Notes are here , the Platform Preview User Guide is here , and Internet Explorer Platform Preview Guide for Developers is here . And the Internet Explorer Test Drive page offers lots of other resources and demos. Enjoy!
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    Watch the MIX keynotes live, April 12 & 13 at 9am PDT

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    Can’t attend in person? Watch the keynotes live from Las Vegas, April 12 & 13 at 9am PDT (4pm GMT), via live.visitmix.com . Tune in for the latest announcements from Internet Explorer, Windows Phone, and Silverlight. Keynote streaming is free; no registration is required to participate. The Channel 9 Live team picks up the live coverage immediately following the keynote.
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    How to report errors in Microsoft Press books

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    To report errors for any Microsoft titles, first go to the website http://microsoftpress.oreilly.com/ and search for the book for which you’re reporting errors. Next, navigate to that book’s catalog page (as seen in the example below) and click on the View/Submit Errata link on the left side of the screen (See arrow A below.) Click on the link that says Submit your own errata for this product . (See arrow B below.) A form for submitting errata will display, featuring check boxes and text fields. If you would like to remain anonymous, click on the Post errata anonymously checkbox. (See arrow C below.) Next enter the page number that the errata appears on in the field that says Page number of error . (See arrow D below.) Enter the specific location of the errata on the page in the next field...
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    Scott Guthrie on Microsoft WebMatrix

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    Hola. Today we’re happy to share Scott Guthrie ’s Foreword for Laurence Moroney’s upcoming book, Introducing Microsoft WebMatrix . (The book will be available in May.) Enjoy! Foreword It’s a really exciting time to be a web developer. The array of options that are available to you to be able to put your presence out there on the internet is better than ever before. With the coming emergence of the cloud, giving you global availability and infinite scalability, it feels like we are on the cusp of a new era in web computing. The book in your hands is designed to get you started on this road. It will teach you about a new product that we at Microsoft are very proud of: WebMatrix. With WebMatrix, you can easily get introduced to the wonderful world of open source...
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    RTM’d today: Beyond Bullet Points, 3rd Ed: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire

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    We’re very eager to announce that Beyond Bullet Points, 3rd Edition: Using Microsoft® PowerPoint® to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire (ISBN 9780735627352; Page Count 352) has gone to the printer and will be available to purchase soon. Unlock the amazing story buried in your presentation—and forget boring, bullet-point-riddled slides forever! Guided by communications expert Cliff Atkinson, you’ll walk you through an innovative, three-step methodology for increasing the impact of your presentation. Discover how to combine classic storytelling techniques with the power of visual media to create a rich, engaging experience with your audience. Fully updated for PowerPoint 2010, and featuring compelling presentation examples from classroom to boardroom...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 Step by Step

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Maria Langer’s Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 Step by Step has shipped to the printer! Teach yourself the fundamentals of Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac -- one step at a time. With this practical tutorial, you'll work at your own pace with easy-to-follow lessons, and learn exactly what you need to know to organize your e-mail and contacts, schedule meetings, and manage tasks on you Mac. Discover how to switch from Microsoft Entourage with a minimum of disruption; organize your e-mail messages, contact information, calendar, and task lists; read e-mail threads as conversations that you can categorize and file; use rules to automate the categorization and filing of e-mail; schedule appointments and coordinate meetings with contacts; flag e...
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    Authors! Here are our updated proposal guidelines

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    At Microsoft Press we’re always looking for great new ways to teach our customers about Microsoft products and technologies—and great new people to teach them. We publish books on everything from essential skills for Microsoft Office and Windows to technical references and advanced topics for IT professionals and software developers, all the way from Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple to Steve McConnell’s classic, Code Complete . If you have a unique book idea or are interested in writing for one of our established series, here’s what you need to get started (a Word document you fill out with information about the book you want to write). To send us a complete proposal via the doc linked to above, or if you just want to make a quick pitch (a paragraph or...
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    New book: Building Enterprise Applications with Windows Presentation Foundation and the Model View ViewModel Pattern

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    We’re excited to announce that Building Enterprise Applications with Windows Presentation Foundation and the Model View ViewModel Pattern (ISBN 9780735650923; 224 pages) by Raffaele Garofalo, is now available. Take advantage of Windows Presentation Foundation and the Model View ViewModel design pattern to build rich client applications for the enterprise. With this hands-on guide, you'll master the techniques to bind data to your WPF user interfaces by constructing an example application through the course of the book . Here's information about the book, including a portion of its Introduction and the book's TOC: Introduction The Windows Presentation Framework (WPF), Silverlight, and Windows Phone 7 are the latest technologies for building flexible user interface (UI) for applications...
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    New book: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Developer Reference

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    We’re excited to announce that Paolo Pialorsi’s new book, Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Developer Reference , is available (ISBN 9780735639034; 784 pages). Sharpen your SharePoint development skills with this complete and concrete reference guide to Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. This book shows you how to develop real-world secure solutions with techniques for extending and customizing the SharePoint environment with Visual Studio 2010. Introduction Microsoft SharePoint is one of the biggest productivity frameworks released during the last ten years Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is just the last step of a fabulous journey (that began in 2001) in the world of business productivity, collaboration, knowledge sharing, search technologies, and...
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    Last Days to Save 40 Percent on Books from Microsoft Press–Sales Ends April 6, 2011

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    Visit any Barnes & Noble Booksellers store or online at http://www.bn.com/microsoft-press   through April 6, 2011, to save 40 percent on Microsoft Press books.
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