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    New book: Windows 8.1 Administration Pocket Consultant: Essentials & Configuration

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    We’re happy to announce the availability of Windows 8.1 Administration Pocket Consultant: Essentials & Configuration (9780735682658). Purchase from these online retailers: Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Pearson – Official distributor of Microsoft Press books The portable, practical guide for Windows administrators Portable and precise, this pocket-sized guide delivers ready answers for core configuration and administrative tasks in Windows 8.1. Zero in on the essentials through quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. You’ll get the focused information you need to save time and get the job done - whether at your desk or in the field. Coverage includes: • Configuring and optimizing Windows 8.1 computers • Customizing the desktop and interface ...
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    New book: Windows 8.1 Plain & Simple

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    We’re happy to announce that Windows 8.1 Plain & Simple is available for purchase. Purchase from these online retailers: Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Pearson – Official distributor of Microsoft Press books Description Learn the simplest ways to get things done with Windows 8.1 Get the full-color, visual guide that makes learning Windows 8.1 plain and simple! Follow the book’s easy steps and screenshots and clear, concise language to learn the most expedient way to perform tasks and solve problems in Windows 8.1. Here’s WHAT You’ll Learn: • Personalize your Start screen in cool new ways • Use apps such as Mail, People, Calendar, Skype, and Paint • Surf the web, and send and receive email and messages • Explore redesigned apps for Music, Video, and Windows...
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    From the author: Enhance the security of Windows 8.1 devices, using only built-in tools

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    Ciprian Rusen is a blogger at 7 Tutorials and co-author of Windows 8.1 Step by Step . The book is for average computer users who want to learn how to use Windows 8.1 and configure it to suit themselves. It covers almost everything you need to know, from how to install Windows 8.1 and how to personalize it, to how to work with SkyDrive, secure Windows 8.1 or troubleshoot problems. Microsoft says that Windows 8.1 is its most secure Windows ever. What does it offer in terms of security tools and what’s new in Windows 8.1, security-wise? While there are some backend features that are not very visible to end-users, there are many features that everyone has access to. People can use them without too much technical knowledge. I this article I will cover the top 9 security tools offered by Windows...
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    Free ebook: Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller

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    Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re very excited to announce another free ebook offering in our System Center series from Microsoft Press. These unique (and free) ebooks bring System Center experts together to discuss designing, deploying, and  troubleshooting some of the most complex and mission critical aspects of key System Center capabilities. The fourth title in this series, Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller (ISBN 9780735683082) by Yung Chou and Keith Mayer, and the System Center series editor Mitch Tulloch, is now available. Taken from the book's Introduction, here is how the authors describe the content of this particular title. Introduction Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 App Controller is uniquely...
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    30th anniversary videos: Father-daughter authors Steve Lambert and Joan Lambert, part 1

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    Since last summer we’ve been filming some of our authors as part of Microsoft Press’s 30 th anniversary celebration. In a video series we’re unveiling today called Behind the Books, these authors share stories about writing for Microsoft Press and let us in on what they like to do when they’re not churning out manuscript. This video is special because it features two generations of Microsoft Press authors. Steve Lambert reminisces about the beginning of Microsoft Press in 1983 and being approached to write a technical book. Joan Lambert remembers as a kid contributing artwork to one of her dad’s books about the Apple Macintosh. These days she writes most of the consumer Step by Step books for Microsoft Press. Steve and Joan told so many great stories that...
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    Quick news: Join the book release celebration for author William Stanek

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    William Stanek is celebrating multiple current and upcoming book releases and is inviting readers to join the fun with a book release celebration. The celebration runs from now until November 30 and can be found on FaceBook at Book Release Celebration for author William Stanek . At the special event on Facebook, you'll learn about William Stanek's career as a technical writer, his books, and more. For example, did you know his 1584-page Windows Server 2012 Inside Out is over 654,000 words in length and that's the equivalent of 10 full-length novels? William Stanek is working to finish a multi-book contract with Microsoft Press. It's the biggest one he's ever signed. The project, which has consumed part of last year, all of this year and will carry William well into next year, entails over 4...
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    Special offer for content from Jeffrey Richter and WintellectNOW

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    To celebrate the release of Jeffrey Richter and Maarten van de Bospoort’s new book Windows Runtime via C# , Microsoft Press and Wintellect have teamed up to offer a complimentary chapter and free access to one of Jeffrey Richter’s WintellectNOW on-demand training sessions. You will enjoy free access to chapter three, which covers Process Model. This chapter delves into a Windows Store app’s process model and looks specifically at the various ways an app gets activated as well as how it uses threads and windows. In addition, WintellectNOW is making Jeffrey’s Performing I/O Bound Asynchronous Operations free for one month. This session is an hour and thirty minutes in duration and provides concepts that apply to Windows Store apps. Free chapter click here Free access to video click here If you...
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    Free ebook: .NET Technology Guide for Business Applications

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    To help celebrate the Visual Studio 2013 Virtual Launch , we’re happy to share another free ebook: .NET Technology Guide for Business Applications , by Cesar de la Torre and David Carmona! Download the ebook (6.02 MB PDF) here . Here’s a little bit about the guide: 1. Key takeaways Select your architecture approaches and development technology based on your specific application’s priorities and requirements. A single architecture and approach won’t work for every type of application. The Microsoft development stack and .NET are extremely flexible and offer many possibilities, but it’s essential that you choose specific approaches and technologies based on the kind of application—or even subsystem—you build. Each application will have very different priorities and tradeoffs that must be taken...
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    Free ebook: Microsoft System Center: Troubleshooting Configuration Manager

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    We’re very excited to announce another free ebook offering in our System Center series from Microsoft Press. These unique (and free) ebooks bring System Center experts together to discuss designing, deploying, and troubleshooting some of the most complex and mission critical aspects of key System Center capabilities. The third title in this series, Microsoft System Center: Troubleshooting Configuration Manager (ISBN 9780735683020) by Rushi Faldu, Manoj Kumar Pal, Andre Della Monica, Kaushal Pandey, and the System Center series editor Mitch Tulloch, is now available.   DOWNLOADS Download the PDF here Download the Mobi file for Kindle here Download the ePub file here           We'll post announcements as other System Center titles are available. Expect more soon...
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    Review: Software Requirements, Third Edition

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    Software Requirements, Third Edition By Karl Wiegers and Joy Beatty Published by Microsoft Press, 2013 Review by Robert L. Glass Subsequent editions of computing books trouble me. I’m never quite sure whether I ought to be reviewing what’s new about the book, or the whole book, original parts and new parts together. And, to make that issue more complicated, I'm never quite sure what it is that’s new about the book, so I’m normally condemned to reviewing the whole thing. And, to be honest, I suppose I’m a little bit jealous. None of MY books has ever made it to a third edition! But that dilemma is eased somewhat with this book. It starts right out by explaining what’s new in its subject field since the previous edition. That’s slightly different...
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    From the MVPs: “New in Visual Studio 2013 – Windows Azure Mobile Services Integration”

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    This is the 33rd in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). You can click the “MVPs” tag in the right column of our blog to see all the articles. Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized technology champions around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology. Of the millions of individuals who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. You can read more original MVP-authored content on the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog . This post is by Client Development MVP John Garland Thanks, John! New in Visual Studio 2013 – Windows Azure Mobile Services Integration Windows Azure Mobile...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2

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    Check out this new free ebook – Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 by Mitch Tulloch. FORMATS LINKS Download the PDF here Download the ePub file here Download the mobi file here Print version for sale here Introduction This book is intended to provide you with an overview of the new features and enhancements introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2. The intended audience for this book is IT pros who deploy, manage, and maintain Windows Server workloads in data center, private cloud, and hosting provider environments. We assume that you are at least somewhat familiar with the features and capabilities of the previous platform Windows Server 2012. If you are not familiar with all the new features and enhancements Microsoft introduced previously in Windows Server 2012, we recommend that you first read...
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    New book: Creating Research and Scientific Documents Using Microsoft Word

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    We’re happy to announce that Creating Research and Scientific Documents Using Microsoft Word is available for purchase. Increase collaborative power and effectiveness with this focused guide Research fuels innovation—and with this focused guide to Microsoft Word, you can help increase your team’s collaborative power and effectiveness, and bring new research to life. Writing proposals, reports, journal articles, theses, and other technical documents as a team poses unique challenges, not the least of which is consistent presentation and voice. You must also manage the formatting and accuracy of figures, equations, and citations, and comply with the style rules of external publications. In this book you’ll learn from the authors’ extensive experience managing the authoring and publication of...
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    From the MVPs: “Script References in Visual Studio 2013”

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    This is the 32 nd in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). You can click the “MVPs” tag in the right column of our blog to see all the articles. Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized technology champions around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology. Of the millions of individuals who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. You can read more original MVP-authored content on the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog . This post is by ASP.NET/IIS MVP James Chambers Thanks, James! Script References in Visual Studio 2013 Some of the gems that make Visual Studio the best development...
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    New book: Exam Ref 70-482: Advanced Windows Store App Development using HTML5 and JavaScript

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    We are happy to announce that Exam Ref 70-482: Advanced Windows Store App Development using HTML5 and JavaScript is available for purchase. Focused preparation for Exam 70-482 Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-482—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of building Windows Store apps with HTML5 and JavaScript. Designed for experienced developers ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSD level. Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives: •Develop Windows Store apps •Discover and interact with devices •Program user interaction •Enhance the user interface •Manage data and security •Prepare for a solution deployment This Microsoft Exam Ref: •Organizes its coverage by exam objectives. •Features strategic...
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    New book: Exam Ref 70-485: Advanced Windows Store App Development using C#

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    We’re happy to announce that Exam Ref 70-485: Advanced Windows Store App Development using C# is ready for purchase. Focused preparation for Exam 70-485 Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-485—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of building Windows Store apps with C#. Designed for experienced developers ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSD level. Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives: •Develop Windows Store apps •Discover and interact with devices •Program user interaction •Enhance the user interface •Manage data and security •Prepare for a solution deployment This Microsoft Exam Ref: •Organizes its coverage by exam objectives. •Features strategic, what-if scenarios to challenge you...
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    Windows Dev Center: New HTML and XAML controls in Windows 8.1

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    Kristi Rasmussen here from the Windows Developer Content team. As you likely know, we released Windows 8.1 for general availability last month, and I want to tell you about some exciting new features for developers. Over the course of a few posts, I’ll dive in a little deeper from what was started here about the great things developers can do in Windows 8.1 with new and updated controls in HTML and XAML, how to craft your first Windows Store app , new ways to build a cool UI for your app , and more. For now, let’s have a look at new HTML and XAML controls. With Windows 8.1, you can offer users a richer experience in your Windows Store app using new controls in HTML and JavaScript: AppBarCommand : With the new AppBarCommand , you can create custom app bar commands in your...
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