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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 books receive awards from the Society for Technical Communication

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    We’re happy to announce that six books from Microsoft Press have received awards from the Society for Technical Communication – Puget Sound Chapter’s 2013 competition! This annual contest recognizes outstanding technical communication produced in the region. Each entry receives a thorough evaluation by judges who provide feedback and ratings based on STC’s international standards on a wide range of criteria, including technical content, achievement of purpose, editing, visual design, and production. Here are the Microsoft Press books that received awards this year. Note that all three of our Excellence Award winners move on to the International Competition.   Award Book title Team Excellence Award Software Requirements, Third Edition Authors: Karl Wiegers, Joy Beatty Editors: Devon Musgrave...
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    Microsoft Press @ 30: Van Wolverton on becoming the author of Running MS-DOS

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    This is the second in a series of guest posts by authors and staff, past and present, reflecting on the 30 th anniversary of Microsoft Press. We’re celebrating this milestone from fall 2013 through summer 2014, so keep checking back for more anniversary-related content. Today’s post is by Van Wolverton, the author of Running MS-DOS. Rickey’s Hyatt House was a Palo Alto landmark until it was closed in June of 2005 and razed to make way for a housing development. Most of its rooms were in bungalows scattered about 16 acres along El Camino Real, the main street of Silicon Valley. The main building, a sort of kitschy Palo Also version of Caesar’s Palace—complete with cocktail waitresses in brief off-the-shoulder togas—housed the lobby, restaurant, bar, and conference rooms. Rickey’s was no Chateau...
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    Free ebook: Microsoft System Center: Optimizing Service Manager

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    Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re happy to announce the next free ebook in our System Center series - Microsoft System Center: Optimizing Service Manager . Introduction Welcome to Microsoft System Center: Optimizing Service Manager. We (the authors) all work with systems management at Microsoft and believe that the Microsoft System Center suite is one of the most integrated suites on the market for this purpose. Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Manager is the only product that can integrate across most of the System Center suite and Active Directory. Service Manager is a fast and reliable product that can create and maintain a dynamic service management database to enable interaction across the organization, both inside and outside the...
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    30th anniversary videos: Wayne Winston, author and Excel expert in data analysis

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    If you follow our blog, you know that we’ve been interviewing some of our authors to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Microsoft Press. We call these videos Behind the Books, and we’ve asked our authors to share some stories about getting started in publishing and what their books have done for their careers. We also asked them to talk about what they do in their spare time. This interview with Wayne Winston, author of Excel Data Analysis and Business Modeling , was a lot of fun. He’s a professor at Indiana University, which is my alma mater. We talked about Indiana basketball and I found out that he wrote another book (not published by Microsoft Press) that combines his two favorite topics – sports and analytics. If you’re interested, check out his book, Mathletics: How Gamblers, Managers...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

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    Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re happy to announce a new free ebook – Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 by Mitch Tulloch with Symon Perriman and the System Center Team. Introduction Microsoft System Center is one of the three pillars of Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision that will transform the traditional datacenter environment, help businesses unlock insights in data stored anywhere, enable the development of a wide range of modern business applications, and empower IT to support users who work anywhere while being able to manage any device in a secure and consistent way. The other two pillars of the Cloud OS are, of course, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Azure, and Microsoft Press has recently released free Introducing books on...
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    Quick news: Announcing Build 2014!

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    Take a look at The Official Microsoft Blog for the news. Here’s a quick excerpt: “The momentum just keeps building and that is why I’m so excited to announce our next developer conference, Build 2014, which will take place April 2 to April 4 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Save the date and mark your calendar for registration, which opens at 9 a.m. PT on Jan. 14 at www.buildwindows.com .”
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    New book: Microsoft Visual Basic 2013 Step by Step

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    We’re happy to announce the availability of Microsoft Visual Basic 2013 Step by Step (ISBN: 9780735667044)! Purchase from these online retailers: The Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Your hands-on guide to Visual Basic fundamentals Expand your expertise—and teach yourself the fundamentals of Microsoft Visual Basic 2013. If you have previous programming experience but are new to Visual Basic 2013, this tutorial delivers the step-by-step guidance and coding exercises you need to master core topics and techniques. Discover how to: • Master essential Visual Basic programming techniques • Begin building apps for Windows Store, Windows Phone 8, and ASP.NET • Design apps using...
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    New book: Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2013

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    We’re very happy to announce the availability of Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2013 (ISBN: 9780735674479)! Purchase from these online retailers: The Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local SharePoint solutions with architectural insights from the experts Take a deep dive into SharePoint 2013, and master the intricacies for designing and implementing robust apps and other business solutions for your organization. Led by an author team with in-depth knowledge of SharePoint architecture, you’ll thoroughly explore the SharePoint 2013 development platform and new app model through hands-on tasks and extensive code samples. Discover how to: • Create SharePoint-hosted, provider-hosted, and autohosted...
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    Free ebooks: Microsoft System Center family of titles

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    Microsoft Press has been releasing Microsoft System Center free ebooks this year in waves. We are hosting these free ebooks on the Microsoft Virtual Academy now. Click through to the catalog page for these and other free ebooks. Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy            
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    New book: Training Guide: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

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    Note: This Training Guide has been updated to cover R2. The new ISBN is 978-0-7356-8471-3. Purchase from these online retailers: Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Pearson – Official distributor of Microsoft Press books Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services Designed to help enterprise administrators develop real-world, job-role-specific skills—this Training Guide focuses on advanced configuration of services necessary to deploy, manage and maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure. Build hands-on expertise through a series of lessons, exercises, and suggested practices—and help maximize your performance on the job. This Microsoft Training Guide: • Provides in-depth, hands-on training you take at your own pace • Focuses on job-role-specific expertise...
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    “Microsoft .NET: Architecting Applications for the Enterprise”: Reloaded!

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    Hello, Dino Esposito here! A way back, in the spring of 2008, Andrea Saltarello and I finally gave spark to a project we’d been thinking on for over a year: writing a short, concise and effective architecture book. In our mind, it had to be the book we would have gotten ourselves if it only were available at the time. When it comes to architecture and software there are quite a few good books out there, but it’s the actual meaning of the term “architecture” that marks the difference. We were not looking for a book helping with project management, estimates, or diagrams. That’s still something that reasonably falls under the umbrella of architecture, but it was not our core meaning of architecture. We meant “software architecture”—that is, how you ultimately design, implement and build the application...
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    Microsoft Press @ 30: Jeffrey Richter on becoming an author

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    This is the first in a series of guest posts by authors and staff, past and present, reflecting on the 30 th anniversary of Microsoft Press. We’re celebrating this milestone from fall 2013 through summer 2014, so keep checking back for more anniversary-related content. Today’s post is by longtime Microsoft Press author Jeffrey Richter. In 1990 I was a software developer working for a company in Philadelphia. The company had a lot of data that we put on CD-ROMs, and I worked on the software to search this data and show it to the user. We were building the software on top of Windows 2. During the development cycle, Windows 3 had entered beta and was getting a lot of media attention due to its great features. I registered my company as beta testers for Windows 3 and we started...
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