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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce that Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step has been shipped to the printer! This book will be available for purchase in late June, but 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 Simple Scheduling 1: A Guided Tour of Project 2: Creating a Task List 3: Setting Up Resources 4: Assigning Resources to Tasks 5: Formatting and Sharing Your Plan 6: Tracking Progress on Tasks Part 2 Advanced Scheduling 7: Fine-Tuning Task Details 8: Fine-Tuning Resource Details 9: Fine-Tuning Assignment Details 10: Fine-Tuning the Project Plan 11: Organizing Project Details 12: Tracking Progress on Tasks and Assignments 13: Viewing and Reporting Project Status 14: Getting Your Project...
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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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    Discovering a lost classic

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    I have been reading The Man in the Iron Mask this past week. It is the final volume in the Three Musketeers series of books. The book has been extremely exciting to read. Whereas I had seen the Three Musketeers Movie, and therefore was familiar with the basic plot outlines, I knew nothing about the Iron Mask book. Every page has been a new revelation, a new adventure, and something I was dying to find out how it would end. I actually prefer to read a book in a single sitting—if at all possible, because it makes the book more enjoyable, and it allows me to get into the world that is created by the author in a more complete fashion. Of course, there are practical things such as work, and life in general that can interfere with the goal of single sitting book consumption. With The Man in the Iron...
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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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    You Gotta Errata?

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    Kimberly Kim, book-survey-data-obsessed managing editor, here. I’m reading through the comments from the past quarter’s book surveys. Several folks mentioned they want a place they can go to view or submit any errors that might sneak their way into our books. Guess what! That place exists. Each Microsoft Press book has an errata page on http://microsoftpress.oreilly.com/ . On the errata page for an individual title, you’ll find a list of errors and their corrections that were found after the book was released. If you’ve stumbled on an error that is not already listed, you can submit your own errata from this page. The quickest way to find the errata page for your book is to go to http://microsoftpress.oreilly.com/ and type the ISBN code (located above the barcode on the back cover of your book...
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    Recent ebook giveaways from Microsoft Press

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    A quick summary post of some of our recent giveaways: Free ebook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (DRAFT Preview) Free ebook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (DRAFT Preview II) Code for “Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010” DRAFT ebooks Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series (DRAFT Preview) (by Charles Petzold) Free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition) Free ebook: First Look Microsoft Office 2010 Free ebook: Windows 7 troubleshooting tips Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 Free ebook: Deploying Windows 7, Essential Guidance There’s gotta be something in that list for you to...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce the release of one of our newest Office 2010 books – Microsoft Excel 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 1 Setting Up a Workbook Creating Workbooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Modifying Workbooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . 7 Modifying Worksheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . 11 Customizing the Excel 2010 Program Window . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . 15 Zooming In on a Worksheet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . 16...
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    William Stanek: Group Policy Preferences consolidated info

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    William here. Earlier this year and last year, I wrote quite a few posts for the Microsoft Press blog. Readers have been writing in to ask me if I could make those posts available in a more portable form. I thought about this for a while as I had wanted to use the materials in a book. In the meantime, however, I also thought: hey, why not give the materials away to readers too. So here is the first recap , consolidating my posts about Group Policy Preferences as a PDF. Read it, print it, share it as you will! Thanks for reading, and IU hope you’ll read my new books: SQL Server 2008 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, Second Edition and Exchange Server 2010 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant . William R. Stanek williamstanek at aol dot com Follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/WilliamStanek
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    New book: Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re happy to announce that Michael Halvorson’s Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 Step by Step (ISBN: 9780735626690; 576 pages; ebook included) is now available. You can find the book’s chapter-level “Contents at a Glance” and Introduction here . In this post we share a stretch of sample text from Chapter 20, “Creating Web Sites and Web Pages by Using Visual Web Developer and ASP.NET.” Enjoy! Chapter 20 Creating Web Sites and Web Pages by Using Visual Web Developer and ASP.NET After completing this chapter, you will be able to: ■ Start Visual Web Developer and create a new Web site. ■ Use Visual Web Developer tools and windows, including the Web Page Designer. ■ Use the Visual Web Developer Toolbox to add server controls to Web pages...
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    Please bear with us as we get used to the new platform

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    The new blogging platform for MSDN & TechNet went live today, and we're still getting a handle on it. Back to our normal rhythm of daily posting soon!
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    Code for “Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010” DRAFT ebooks

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    NEW: The complete and final ebook, including all of its sample code, is now available here . A few of you requested the related code for our Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 DRAFT ebooks. (You can learn more about the ebooks and download them via this post .) The code for Chapters 5 & 8 is here . The code for Chapters 6 & 9 is here . The code for Chapters 7 & 10 is here . Enjoy!
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    Author news: Ed Bott’s deep dive into Office 2010

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    Greetings. Ed Bott and Carl Siechert are busy writing Microsoft Office 2010 Inside Out (ISBN: 9780735626898; 24 chapters; ~1000 pages). We expect the book to be available in August 2010. In the meantime, to help illustrate why Ed and Carl’s book might be exactly what you’re looking for to illuminate Office 2010’s new features for you, we recommend that you read this blog post by Ed over at ZDNet: “Office 2010: a deeper dive.” Here’s a bit of the post’s opening: I’ve got a unique perspective on Office. I’ve written at least one book about every version of Office since 1994 (that’s eight releases and 10 books in 16 years, for those who are keeping score). I’ve also written countless magazine articles and blog posts, all of them based on extensive, hands-on experience with the individual...
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    Free ebook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (DRAFT Preview II)

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    NEW: The complete and final ebook is now available here . Hello. On March 26 we released the first draft installmen t of Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 , which we’ll release as a free (and complete) ebook this summer. That installment contained the three chapters that make up Part II, “Moving from Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 to Visual Studio 2010.” Today we’re happy to release a second draft installment: the three chapters that make up Part III, “Moving from Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2010.” You can download one or both free draft ebooks (in XPS or PDF format) here . Here’s some of the Introduction, which explains the book’s approach: Introduction Every time we get close to a new release of Microsoft...
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    Automating Microsoft PowerPoint

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    Using Windows PowerShell to automate Microsoft PowerPoint may at first seem like a strange combination. For one thing, the people who are most skilled at using Windows PowerShell are not the ones you think of as being heavy PowerPoint users. But PowerPoint is often used by ITPros because we are frequently called upon to make presentations. These presentations may be for training purposes, or reports to management, or a presentation to a client. Because Microsoft PowerPoint is so easy to use, with all of its built-in wizards and templates, you may wonder what advantages automation brings to the table. Indeed, until this past week I had done little with the Microsoft PowerPoint automation model—for the exact reasons mentioned above. It seemed to take too much time, and there were not that...
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    Superquick poll: What do you use when preparing for a Microsoft certification?

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    When preparing for a Microsoft certification , do you take a class? Read a Training Kit ( such as this one )? Do both? Tell us via Twitter (@MicrosoftPress) or by commenting on this post. Thank you!
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    New book: Microsoft ASP.NET 4 Step by Step

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    George Shepherd’s Microsoft ASP.NET 4 Step by Step is now available! The book contains 26 chapters across 640 pages. This post will give you a taste of the book. The book’s chapter-level Table of Contents and Introduction can be found here . Here’s the taste—enjoy: Chapter 21 ASP.NET and WPF Content After completing this chapter, you will be able to Understand the benefits of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) over traditional Windows user interfaces. Create an XAML-based browser application (XBAP) site. Add WPF-based content to an ASP.NET site. The last 20 chapters demonstrate how ASP.NET makes Web development approachable by pushing most HTML rendering to the ASP.NET Control class and its descendents. In addition, the ASP.NET pipeline...
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    Carl Chatfield: Which Bookend Are You?

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    I don't mention my day job at Microsoft much in this blog, but recently I found myself involved with some new project initiation work and simultaneously with the tail end of a new product launch.* I felt a bit like my favorite bookends: one pushing hard to get a project underway, the other pushing equally hard to get a project concluded more or less as planned. Here are the bookends in action, doing their job: If you are a project manager, do you spend more time and effort at the beginning or end of your projects? So Many Choices! The project initiation guy on the left, who I'll call LB, has a special focus: moving an idea from concept to the start of execution. Let's assume that LB is in an organization where the initiation of new projects is done by those with organizational authority to...
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