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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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    New book: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re eager to announce that Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 Step by Step (ISBN 978-07356-2721-5; 672 pages) is available for purchase. Check out this previous post for the table of contents and an excerpt from the Introduction. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 11, “Change Workbook Appearance.” Chapter 11 Change Workbook Appearance In this chapter, you will learn how to ✔ Format cells. ✔ Define styles. ✔ Apply workbook themes and Excel table styles. ✔ Make numbers easier to read. ✔ Change the appearance of data based on its value. ✔ Add images to worksheets. Entering data into a workbook efficiently saves you time, but you must also ensure that your data is easy to read. Microsoft Excel 2010 gives you a wide variety of ways to make...
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    Rob and Andy talk Windows Phone 7

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    Rob Miles here. Next week Andy Wigley and I will be talking Windows Phone 7 development. For six hours. We are going to be covering how you write Silverlight applications, how you write games in XNA (that’s my favourite bit), how you sell them, and what makes this new platform so special and shiny. There will be four three-hour sessions: two on Tuesday, July 20 th and two on Thursday, July 22 nd . On the Wednesday in-between Andy and I will be online giving help to anyone getting started. We are doing all this live from downtown Bellevue, as a Windows Live event with video so that you can actually watch us play with all the toys. There will be quizzes, prizes, and labs along with some truly appalling jokes (sorry about that). You can find out more, and sign up, here: https://msevents.microsoft...
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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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    New book: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Step by Step

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    Hello again. We’re happy to announce that Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Step by Step (448 pages; Print ISBN: 978-0-7356-2691-1), by Joyce Cox and Joan Lambert, is now also available. You can find the book’s outline and a description of its coverage here . And following is an excerpt from the book. Enjoy! Chapter 11 Add Sound and Movies In this chapter, you will learn how to Insert and play sounds. Insert and play videos. A Microsoft PowerPoint presentation is usually created to convey a lot of information in a short time. That information can be in the form of text, graphics, charts, and tables, but it might also consist of audio content. And sometimes the best way to ensure that your audience understands your message is to show...
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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 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 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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    New book: Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step

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    Good news! Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735626959; 512 pages), by Carl Chatfield and Timothy Johnson, is now available for purchase. You can find the book’s chapter-level Contents at a Glance and an excerpt from the Introduction here . Purchasers of the print version will also receive access to the digital edition as well as to online practice files. In this post we offer an excerpt from the book’s Chapter 7, “Fine-Tuning Task Details”: Chapter 7: Fine-Tuning Task Details In this chapter, you will learn how to: ✔ Adjust task links to have more control over how tasks are related. ✔ Apply a constraint to a task. ✔ Split a task to record an interruption in work. ✔ Create a task calendar and apply it to a task. ✔ Change a task...
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