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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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    From the MVPs: Introduction to C++ 11 in Visual Studio 2013

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    This is the 34th 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 Visual C++ MVP Alon Fliess . Thanks, Alon! Introduction to C++ 11 in Visual Studio 2013 I just had a conversation with one of my colleagues. He...
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    New book: Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Enterprise Content Management

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    We’re happy to announce the availability of Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Enterprise Content Management (9780735677821). Purchase from these online retailers: The Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Solve your content management problems efficiently with Microsoft SharePoint Meet the challenges of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) head on, using rich ECM features in SharePoint 2013. Led by two ECM experts, you’ll learn how to build a solid information architecture (IA) for managing documents, knowledge, web content, digital assets, records, and user-generated content throughout your organization. With examples and case studies based on the authors’ real-world experience, this practical book is ideal...
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    New book: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Internals

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    We’re pleased to announce that Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Internals (9780735658561) is available for purchase. Purchase from these online retailers: The Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Description Dive deep inside the architecture of SQL Server 2012. Explore the core engine of Microsoft SQL Server 2012—and put that practical knowledge to work. Led by a team of SQL Server experts, you’ll learn the skills you need to exploit key architectural features. Go behind the scenes to understand internal operations for creating, expanding, shrinking, and moving databases—whether you’re a database developer, architect, or administrator. Discover how to: • Dig into SQL Server 2012...
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    New book: Windows 8.1 Step by Step

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    We’re happy to announce that Windows 8.1 Step by Step (9780735681309) is available for purchase. Purchase from these online retailers: The Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local The smart way to learn Windows 8.1—one step at a time! Experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to navigate and use Windows 8.1. With Step by Step, you set the pace—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! • Navigate with ease using the new Start screen • Search your files, music, and the web—all at once • Store, access, and manage data in the cloud with SkyDrive • Explore improvements in Internet Explorer 11 • Stay in touch...
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    New book: Windows Runtime via C#

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    We’re very happy to announce that Windows Runtime via C# (9780735679276) by Jeffrey Richter and Maarten van de Bospoort is ready for purchase. Purchase from these online retailers: The Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Get a thorough grounding in the Windows Runtime Delve inside the Windows Runtime—and learn best ways to design and build Windows Store apps. Guided by Jeffrey Richter, a recognized expert in Windows and .NET programming, along with principal Windows consultant Maarten van de Bospoort, you’ll master essential concepts. And you’ll gain practical insights and tips for how to architect, design, optimize, and debug your apps. With this book, you will: • Learn how...
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    New book: Windows 8.1 Inside Out

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    We’re pleased to announce that Windows 8.1 Inside Out (9780735683631) is available for purchase. Purchase from these online retailers: The Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Download the sample chapters here Windows 8.1—from the inside out! You’re beyond the basics - so dive right in and really put your PC to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds for Windows 8.1. Plus, you get access to two and half hours of video training and a companion ebook. Topics include: • Installing, upgrading, or migrating to Windows 8.1 • Using and managing apps • Personalizing your system • Accessibility...
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