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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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    Event: New Sessions Released, Learn from the Best at MIX11

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    MIX11 – April 12-14, 2011 – Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Browse the latest set of sessions and speakers , topics include: HTML5, CSS3, Windows Phone, Silverlight, Web Standards, Web Platform , Windows Azure, ASP.NET, and more.
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    Forefront quiz from Microsoft Press author, Yuri Diogenes

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    Follow Yuri on Twitter to receive five questions each week related to Microsoft Forefront technologies. For more details, visit Yuri’s blog - http://blogs.technet.com/b/yuridiogenes/archive/2011/03/25/forefront-contest-quiz-will-begin.aspx
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    New book: Successful Project Management: Applying Best Practices and Real-World Techniques with Microsoft Project

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    We’re excited to announce that Bonnie Biafore’s Successful Project Management: Applying Best Practices and Real-World Techniques with Microsoft Project (ISBN 9780735649804; 468 pages) is now available for purchase! You can find the book’s Table on Contents and Introduction in this previous post . In today’s post, please enjoy an excerpt from Chapter 1, “Meet Project Management.” A project has a set of objectives, a start and end, and a budget. The purpose of project management is to achieve the project objectives on time and within budget. In reality, project management is an ongoing task of balancing the scope against time, cost, quality, and any other constraints placed on the project. Read more to learn what a project is, the basics of managing one...
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    Jeffrey Richter: Excerpt #4 from CLR via C#, Third Edition

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    Good morning, everyone, Jeffrey Richter here. Today I’d like to share another section from my new book with you. It’s from Chapter 25, “Thread Basics.” Enjoy, and search this blog for more excerpts from the book. Stop the Madness If all we cared about was raw performance, then the optimum number of threads to have on any machine is identical to the number of CPUs on that machine. So a machine with one CPU would have only one thread, a machine with two CPUs would have two threads, and so on. The reason is obvious: If you have more threads than CPUs, then context switching is introduced and performance deteriorates. If each CPU has just one thread, then no context switching exists and the threads run at full speed. However, Microsoft designed Windows to favor reliability and responsiveness as...
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    RTM’d today: Working with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

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    We’re super happy to announce that Working with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 , by Mike Snyder, Jim Steger, and Kristie Reid, has shipped to the printer. Configure, adapt, and extend Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011—guided by three of the leading implementation specialists in the field. Whether you’re an IT professional, a developer, or a power user, you’ll get pragmatic, hands-on insights for customizing CRM in your organization—with or without programming. You can pre-order the book from here . We’ll let you know when it’s available, and we’ll publish a longer excerpt from the book then. Here is a list of the contents and a sample from the book’s Introduction. Contents at a Glance Part I Overview and Configuration 1 Microsoft...
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    Games: Think you’re good at scripting…prove it at the Scripting Games

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    The 2011 Scripting Games begin on April 4, 2011 and run through April 15, 2011. What is the Scripting Games, you may ask? Well simply put, the Scripting Games are the premier learning event of the year for IT Pro’s and others who wish to master Windows PowerShell. Comprising 10 events, a registered contestant has seven days to create a solution to a scenario driven problem and post their code to a MVP maintained script repository for evaluation by a panel of internationally recognized judges. Daily leaderboards and prize drawings help to maintain the suspense throughout the two-week international event. During the 2011 Scripting Games hundreds of contestants will submit thousands of scripts that will be reviewed by dozens of judges. Hundreds of thousands of spectators from all around the world...
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    Certification: Why Exam Development Is Separate from Training Development

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    Greetings! Here’s a word from Liberty Munson (AKA our crazy Psychometrician). Liberty here. Why can’t authors who write books or courseware have access to exam content or act as subject matter experts (SMEs) during exam development? Why can’t SMEs who create exam content also author courseware/books or act as technical reviewers on courses/books that are considered preparation for that exam? I’m asked some version of this question a lot—even by some inside Microsoft Learning and Microsoft Press. So, I’m here to clarify what the requirement is and why we have implemented it. Well, I’m going to try to clarify it. What Is the Requirement? SMEs involved in the development of a Microsoft Certified Professional exam cannot be involved in any aspect of the development of training that is considered...
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