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    New book: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Plain & Simple

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    We’re happy to announce that Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Plain & Simple , by Nancy Muir, is now available! (You can see the book’s full TOC via the link.) Here’s some more information about the book: Publisher: Microsoft Press Formats: Print, Ebook, Safari Books Online Print Release: May 2010 Ebook Release: May 2010 Pages: 272 Print ISBN: 978-0-7356-2728-4 | ISBN 10: 0-7356-2728-2 Ebook ISBN: 978-0-7356-4535-6 | ISBN 10: 0-7356-4535-3 It’s difficult to do the book justice without showing its design, so here are some large snapshots of one of its chapters:
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Word 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce the release of one of our newest Office 2010 books – Microsoft Word 2010 Step by Step ! This book will be available for purchase in late June/early July. If you happen to have a subscription to Safari Books Online, you can start reading it as early as next week. Contents at a Glance Part 1 Basic Word Documents 1 Explore Word 2010 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2 Edit and Proofread Text. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 3 Change the Look of Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 4 Organize Information in Columns and Tables . . . . 115 5 Add Simple Graphic Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 6 Preview, Print, and Distribute Documents. . . . . . . . 181 Part 2 Document Enhancements 7 Insert...
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    Carl Chatfield: Quality, the Project Triangle and "Fit for purpose"

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    Carl here. Recently I had the opportunity to share a model called the "triangle of triple-constraints" or more simply the "project triangle" with some bright people I know. This is a model familiar to many project managers, and I have found it's a useful framing tool when discussing that elusive notion of "quality." Triangulating on an idea I wrote an appendix called "A Short Course in Project Management" for the 2000 edition of the Project Step by Step, and we've kept it in the subsequent editions with minor changes. You can find the excerpted appendix here on Office Online . You can also read the "Project Management Triangle" section of this Wikipedia entry . Very briefly, the project triangle model as a way of visualizing the three critical ingredients of a given project: time, cost and...
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    Send in the clowns

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    One of the cool things about reading Renaissance Plays is the presence of the clowns. At first I did not understand what the clowns were doing. It is like, I am reading along in Marlow’s Dr. Faustus, and the play completely shifts gears, and there are these clowns … I mean “What’s up with that?” Or I am reading Shakespeare's Hamlet, and suddenly there is this moron in the middle of the action, “William what were you thinking?” I will admit that at first I had a tendency to skip the clown action, and get back to the story. Later, I came to realize that the clowns served a couple of useful purposes. In the first place, you cannot spend three hours reading or watching a play that is a complete downer … the phrase “comic relief” springs to mind. As I learned to empathetically read the plays, I...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce the release of one of our newest Office 2010 books – Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Step by Step ! This book will be available for purchase in late June/early July. If you happen to have a subscription to Safari Books Online, you can start reading it as early as next week. Part 1 Basic Presentations 1 Explore PowerPoint 2010 2 Work with Slides 3 Work with Slide Text 4 Format Slides 5 Add Simple Visual Enhancements 6 Review and Deliver Presentations Part 2 Presentation Enhancements 7 Add Tables 8 Fine-Tune Visual Elements 9 Add Other Enhancements 10 Add Animation 11 Add Sound and Movies Part 3 Additional Techniques 12 Share and Review Presentations 13 Create Custom Presentation Elements 14 Prepare for Delivery 15 Customize PowerPoint Introducing Microsoft...
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    Carl Chatfield: My book is available for preorder

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    Hey ProjHuggers, just a short post this week to announce that the 2010 edition of Tim Johnson's and my book is available for preorder. It's at the printers now and should be shipping soon…. Continue reading at projhugger.com .
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    Microsoft Office Blog Post

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    Check out the recent Microsoft Office Blog post “ Getting Started quickly with Office ”, featuring our own MS Press title First Look: Office 2010 by Katherine Murray.
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Outlook 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce the release of Microsoft Outlook 2010 Step by Step ! This book will be available for purchase in July. Contents Part 1 Basic Skills 1 Get Started with Outlook 2010 2 Explore the Outlook Windows 3 Send and Receive E-Mail Messages 4 Store and Access Contact Information 5 Manage Scheduling 6 Track Tasks Part 2 Content Management 7 Organize Your Inbox 8 Manage Your Calendar 9 Work with Your Contact List 10 Enhance Message Content Part 3 Program Management 11 Manage E-Mail Settings 12 Work Remotely 13 Customize Outlook Introduction Introducing Microsoft Outlook 2010 Bill Gates’s dream of “a computer on every desktop” is becoming more and more of a reality—many people today work (and play) on computers both in the office...
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    New book: Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple

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    We’re excited to announce that Katherine Murray’s Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple (ISBN 9780735626973; 448 pages) is now available for purchase! You can find the book’s chapter-level table of contents and some colorful examples of this easy-to-use, beginner-focused guide to Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, and OneNote in this previous post . In today’s post, please enjoy a deeper look at section 6, “Working with Special Content in Word.”
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    Changing Display Resolution on the fly …

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    Back when I was traveling all around the world and teaching scripting workshops to customers, I was constantly changing the display resolution on my laptop. Generally, when connecting to the overhead projector (or beamer as it was called in Germany) you need to select a lower resolution than the laptop is designed to run at. This ensures the fonts will be viewable from the back of the room. While a low resolution (such as 800x600) looks good from the back of the room, it does not look good up close on the laptop. In fact, many Windows applications are unusable at such a low resolution due to the size of the dialog boxes and problems with navigating around the screen. I always wanted a script I could run when I started the day, and a script to run at the end of the day … or during lunch if I...
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    Forefront 2010 eBooks coming soon

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    Greetings! Tom Shinder and I are working on a project that will result in three eBooks about Forefront 2010 products. Each eBook focuses on deployment scenarios and best practices for implementation: Deploying Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Deploying Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 Deploying Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 These eBooks will be available in the fall of this year. Watch for more information and availability dates! Stay tune in this channel for more information soon. Yuri Diogenes
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    Windows PowerShell Community Extension project

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    I ran across the PowerShell Community Extension (PSCX) project several years ago when working with Windows PowerShell 1.0. It is a collection of cmdlets that are written for WIndows PowerShell by people in the community. Some of the people who work on the project are professional developers, others are not – they are people who like to write code for fun, and who enjoy contributing to the community. That is the beauty of the PSCX project it is community driven. The first set of cmdlets were great additions to Windows PowerShell and provide needed functionality, as well as some things that were just fun to use. The newest release works with Windows PowerShell 2.0. For today’s Hey Scripting Guy! article , I asked Keith Hill to write an article describing the newest version of PSCX. Check it out...
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    New book: Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step

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    Curtis Frye’s Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step is now available! You can find the book’s Table of Contents and very detailed Introduction describing the book’s coverage here . Today we’d like to share an extended excerpt from the book. By the way, via our ongoing anonymous customer survey we received many comments saying that accessing the practice files on the companion disc that came along with Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Step by Step was difficult. So we’ve moved the practice files to the Web. Simply click the “Practice Files” link in the left margin at the book’s catalog page . OK, on to our excerpt. Each chapter in our Step by Step series begins with a graphical snapshot of the chapter’s most important topics: ...
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    New book: Microsoft Word 2010 Step by Step

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    Microsoft Word 2010 Step by Step is now available for purchase! You can view the book’s chapter-level table of contents as well as read the Introduction in this previous post . After you purchase this lovely new book, you’ll have access to an electronic copy as well as to online practice files. Through our ongoing anonymous customer survey ( http://www.microsoft.com/learning/booksurvey ) we received many comments saying that accessing the practice files on the companion disc that came along with Microsoft Office Word 2007 Step by Step was difficult. So we’ve moved the practice files to the Web. Simply click the “Practice Files” link in the left margin at the book’s catalog page . Another improvement we made to our 2010 Step by Step books is to include...
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    New book: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Best Practices

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    We’re happy to announce that Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Best Practices (ISBN 9780735627192; 912 pages) is now available for purchase! Written by Exchange experts Siegfried Jagott and Joel Stidley, this book has already received raves from customers for pulling in candid advice and field-tested recommendations from industry experts around the world. You can find the book’s Contents at a Glance and an excerpt from the Introduction in this previous post . We’ve already heard from a couple of customers who had trouble locating the companion content for this book. The files are located here ; you’ll need to click on the Examples link on the left-hand side of the page. (And yes, we’re actively working to make the companion files easier to find.) In this...
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    New book: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant

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    We’re happy to announce that Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant is available for purchase! Ben Curry has written another stellar book for Microsoft Press. Please take a look at this excerpt from Chapter 3, Configuring Core Operations. You can find more information about this book and other Microsoft Press offerings at the book’s catalog page . You can see the table of contents and Introduction in this previous post . CHAPTER 3 Configuring Core Operations ■ Introducing Central Administration ■ System Settings ■ Database Management ■ Configuring Send To Connections Core operations refers to farm-level settings and applications such as Central Administration, server services settings, and e-mail configuration. There are items—such as...
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    New book: Microsoft Outlook 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re happy to announce that Microsoft Outlook 2010 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735626904; 576 pages) is now available for purchase! In this book, veteran authors Joan Lambert and Joyce Cox use the popular step-by-step approach to teach you how to manage e-mail messages; organize your inbox, contacts, and task lists; manage and share your calendar; and much more. View this previous post for a chapter-level table of contents and excerpt from the Introduction. In this post, we offer an excerpt from this book’s Chapter 7, “Organize Your Inbox.” 7 Organize Your Inbox In this chapter, you will learn how to ✔ Work with Conversation view. ✔ Arrange messages in different ways. ✔ Organize Outlook items by using color categories. ✔ Organize messages in folders. ✔...
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