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    RTM’d today: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator’s Companion

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    We’re happy to announce that Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator’s Companion has shipped to the printer! Until it’s ready for purchase later this month, please take a look at this book’s Contents at a Glance and an excerpt from the Introduction: Contents at a Glance PART I The Basics Chapter 1 Understanding the Basics of Collaboration in SharePoint 2010 Chapter 2 Understanding the Architecture of SharePoint 2010 PART II Installation and Implementation Chapter 3 Optimizing SQL Server for a SharePoint 2010 Implementation Chapter 4 Installing SharePoint 2010 PART III Building and Managing a SharePoint Farm Chapter 5 Using Windows PowerShell to Perform and Automate Farm Administrative Tasks Chapter 6 Managing SharePoint 2010 Using Central Administration Chapter...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Word 2010 Plain & Simple

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    Kenyon here. We’re very pleased to announce that Katherine Murray’s latest book, Microsoft Word 2010 Plain & Simple , has shipped to the printer! This colorful guide helps you learn the simplest ways to get things done with Word 2010! Kathy shows you how to create professional-looking documents with ease; organize, edit, and format text; apply themes, styles, and other design elements; work with graphics, tables, and charts; take advantage of pre-built templates, or make your own; and e dit a document with others simultaneously—online. The easy-to-follow steps and screenshots show exactly what to do. Handy tips teach new techniques and shortcuts. Quick “Try This” exercises help you to apply what you learn right away. Kathy’s book will be available via online retailers around August 15....
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Office Professional 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce that Microsoft Office Professional 2010 Step by Step has shipped to the printer and will be available for purchase later this month. Until then, let us share with you the table of contents as well as an excerpt from the book’s Introduction. Contents Part 1 Microsoft Office Professional 2010 1 Explore Office 2010 2 Work with Files Part 2 Microsoft Word 2010 3 Edit and Proofread Text 4 Change the Look of Text 5 Organize Information in Columns and Tables 6 Add Simple Graphic Elements 7 Preview, Print, and Distribute Documents Part 3 Microsoft Excel 2010 8 Set Up a Workbook 9 Work with Data and Excel Tables 10 Perform Calculations on Data 11 Change Workbook Appearance 12 Focus on Specific Data by Using Filters Part 4 Microsoft PowerPoint 2010...
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    New book: Microsoft Silverlight 4 Step by Step

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    Russell Jones, editor of this title, here. Laurence Moroney’s Microsoft Silverlight 4 Step by Step , now available, walks you through the basic procedures you need to know to program in the latest Silverlight release—and you’ll need that Silverlight knowledge to program Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7. Chapter 11, “Windows Phone Development” shows you how to get the tools you’ll need and how to get started building phone applications. Read an excerpt now! Chapter 11 Windows Phone Development After completing this chapter, you will be able to: · Locate, download, and install development tools for building Windows Phone applications. · Build a basic Windows Phone application. · Build a real-world Windows Phone...
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    The Bookshelf: Exchange Server

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    Hi, my name is Andrew Richards. I’m an Exchange Escalation Engineer in Microsoft Support. In this new Microsoft Press blog series, I’m going to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what books can be found on the bookshelves of engineers in and around the Microsoft Campus in Redmond. As we wander the hallways (and bookshelves) over the next few months, I expect we’ll find some obvious books, such as the “Self-Paced Training Kit,” “Administrator Companion,” and “Administrator's Pocket Consultant” books, but I also hope to uncover some hidden gems that will help you master a specific product. As I cover each engineer’s bookshelf, if you have a missing favorite or an opinion on a book that I’ve talked about, please feel free...
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    A great week in Amazon book reviews

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    As part of our overall program for improving our customers’ satisfaction with our titles, the Microsoft Press team (publisher, editorial director, managing editor, all the editors, the covers team) meets every week to go over the Amazon reviews of Microsoft Press books posted during the previous week. We do this to look for areas of improvement and specific customer issues that we can address immediately (for example, a download link not working). This week we’re going over the reviews, 27 of them, that were posted during the week that ended July 26, 2010. We’d like to share those reviews today because we are always striving for just such a week of customer feedback (and always looking to fine-tune our publishing program to make such weeks more common)! Thank you to everyone for the kind words...
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    Free ebook: Petzold’s Programming Windows Phone 7 (Special Excerpt 2)

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    Just in time for VSLive in Redmond, here’s a second draft preview ebook of Charles Petzold’s upcoming Programming Windows Phone 7 ! The first preview ebook contained six chapters. This one contains eleven chapters (and 265 pages): Part I   The Basics Chapter 1   Hello, Windows Phone 7 Chapter 2   Getting Oriented Chapter 3   An Introduction to Touch Chapter 4   Bitmaps, Also Known as Textures Chapter 5   Sensors and Services Chapter 6   Issues in Application Architecture Part II   Silverlight Chapter 7   XAML Power and Limitations Chapter 8   Elements and Properties Part III   XNA Chapter 20   Principles of Movement Chapter 21   Textures and Sprites Chapter 22  ...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Outlook 2010 Inside Out

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    Kenyon Brown here, editor of this title. We’re very pleased to announce that Jim Boyce’s latest book, Microsoft Outlook 2010 Inside Out (ISBN: 9780735626867), has shipped to the printer! Covering Outlook 2010, Jim’s book offers hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. You’ll discover how the experts manage Outlook 2010—to arrange your schedule, manage tasks, and organize contacts easily; sort e-mail messages by conversation, category, and with search folders; collaborate with colleagues by linking to Microsoft SharePoint 2010; make use of virus protection, encryption, spam filters, and other security features; take Outlook 2010 with you, using it on the Web and with your mobile device, use workgroups, instant messaging, and more with Microsoft Exchange Server;...
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    Author news: New C# Yellow Book, by Rob Miles, now available

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    Rob Miles, who a couple of weeks ago presented in the Windows Phone 7 Jump Start sessions and who is the author of Microsoft XNA Game Studio 3.0: Learn Programming Now! (which we’re updating with Rob for XNA Game Studio 4.0 and Windows Phone 7), has just released a great free offering for those interested in learning C# programming. Here’s Rob’s description from his website : The new version of my famous C# Yellow Book is now available for download. This free 197 page book is the basis of our programming course and has a whole bunch of new content, along with reorganised layout and proper sections. Get yours today from here: http://www.csharpcourse.com/ The C# Yellow Book is used by the Department of Computer Science in the University of Hull as the basis of the First Year programming course...
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    Author news: Charles Petzold on his new book (Programming Windows Phone 7)

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    This has been posted for a while, but you might have missed it. It’s a great interview Scott Hanselman did with Charles Petzold about his past books (15 books, including Programming Windows and Code and The Annotated Turing ), his upcoming book Programming Windows Phone 7 , WPF, XAML, development for Windows Phone 7, and many other topics. Check it out here .
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    Carl Chatfield: Carl's favorite 2010 features: Improved paste into Word and Excel

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    Carl Chatfield here. In previous posts (including here and here ) I've explored some of my favorite new features in Project 2010. This week, I look at a nice improvement to one of the more mundane features of desktop apps: Copy and Paste. Not Glamorous, But Still a Great 2010 Improvement Copy and Paste via the Windows Clipboard is such a basic, unglamorous feature that I was surprised to see some improvements in this area. Yet in 2010 you'll find better pasting of structured, tabular data from Project to Word and Excel. Let's start with the Copy and Paste experience in Office 2007 applications (and indeed what I describe here is what you'd experience in all versions prior to 2010). Let's start first with Excel. Tables and Chairs I'll start in the Resource Sheet view in Project. I have the Cost...
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    Author news: Jeff Conrad demos an Access Services web application

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    Good morning. This video has been on Channel 9 for a couple of months, but users of Access might find it interesting. Jeff Conrad, one of the authors of the upcoming Microsoft Access 2010 Inside Out (ISBN: 978-0-7356-2685-0), “talks about his upcoming book…discusses how he built a completely web-based restaurant management system using Access, and walks us through the system's features, including data macros, custom reports, filtering, and client functionality.” Access Services is a new feature of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition that supports close integration with Microsoft Access 2010. This integration enables users to extend the ease of Access application development to the creation of Web forms and reports, and it enables IT managers to extend the ease of SharePoint...
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    If you missed the Windows Phone 7 Jump Start sessions

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    The 12 hours of Windows Phone 7 Jump Start sessions—four virtual sessions to provide developers a jump start for developing Windows Phone 7 applications, presented this week by Microsoft Press authors Rob Miles and Andy Wigley—have concluded. If you missed the sessions, you can watch them via the links below. (Please note that higher quality videos of the sessions will be available in August, after some production work.) Recording Links: July 20 – 8am (PST): Session One: Getting Started with Microsoft Windows Phone and Silverlight AM: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/microsoft/view?id=Win7072010&pw=webcast AM: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/microsoft/view?id=Win7072010-1&pw=webcast AM: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/microsoft/view?id=Win7072010-2&pw...
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    International Awards for Microsoft Press

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    The Society for Technical Communications (STC) is a professional association dedicated to advancing the art and science of technical communications. In January, three Microsoft Press books qualified for STC’s International Technical Publications competition, based on winning the highest honors at the local, chapter level. I’m thrilled to announce two of our books won international recognition – making them truly world-class. A huge congratulations to our planners, editorial team, brand and design team, operations team, and authors !! Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Resource Kit STC International: EXCELLENCE STC Puget Sound Chapter: Distinguished, Best in Show Judge’s comments: Superb organization. Everything you’d expect...
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    More Windows Phone 7 Jump Start sessions, plus forum

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    As you might know, Rob Miles and Andy Wigley have been talking Windows Phone 7 development in Live Meeting sessions. They've been covering how you write Silverlight applications, how you write games in XNA, how you sell them, and what makes this new platform so special and shiny. There were two sessions on Tuesday, July 20th and there will be two more on Thursday, July 22nd: Session Three: Advanced Windows Phone Development Session Four: Selling Your Windows Phone Solutions & Wrap Up Today Rob and Andy answered loads of questions in an “Office Hours” session in the Windows Phone 7 Jump Start forum. Take a look.
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    New book: Microsoft Access 2010 Step by Step

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    We have been busy at Microsoft Press! We’re pleased to announce that another Office 2010 book has hit the shelves! Microsoft Access 2010 Step by Step (ISBN 978-07356-2692-8, 448 pages) is available for purchase. Like the other Office 2010 Step by Step books we’ve recently published, you can expect an improved experience by accessing the practice files online rather than on a CD. You can review the table of contents and the Introduction in this previous post . Here is an excerpt from Chapter 2, “Create Databases and Simple Tables.” Chapter 2 Create Databases and Simple Tables In this chapter, you will learn how to ✔ Create databases from templates. ✔ Create databases and tables manually. ✔ Manipulate table columns and...
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    A free tool from Microsoft Learning: LCDS v2.5

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    Download LCDS v2.5 now! The Microsoft Learning Content Development System (LCDS) is a free tool that enables you to create high-quality, interactive, online courses. The LCDS allows anyone to build e-learning courses by completing the easy-to-use LCDS forms that seamlessly generate highly customized content, including interactive activities, quizzes, games, assessments, animations, demos, and other instructionally engaging elements. Highlights of this release New v2.5 features include: LCDS authoring is 64 bit–compatible E-learning created is compatible with Firefox 3.5.9 and Firefox 3.6.3 New Silverlight 4 Media Player for animations that includes closed captioning and full screen option Enhanced keyboard accessibility for the sort and tile games, adventure interactivity, and Voice of the...
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