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    RTM’d today: CLR via C#, Third Edition

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    Jeffrey Richter has completed CLR via C#, Third Edition and the book is at the printer! We’ll post chapter excerpts when the book is available in a couple of weeks. Here is Jeffrey describing the book in his Introduction: Introduction It was October 1999 when some people at Microsoft first demonstrated the Microsoft .NET Framework, the common language runtime (CLR), and the C# programming language to me. The moment I saw all of this, I was impressed and I knew that it was going to change the way I wrote software in a very significant way. I was asked to do some consulting for the team and immediately agreed. At first, I thought that the .NET Framework was an abstraction layer over the Win32 API and COM. As I invested more and more of my time into it, however, I realized that it was much bigger...
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    2009 Best in Show winner: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Resource Kit

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    Technorati Tags: Microsoft Press , Office Communications Server , books , award The Society for Technical Communications is an international organization of technical communicators whose purpose is to foster quality in print and online technical publications. Other competitors at the local level (Puget Sound region) included Microsoft UA teams and organizations like Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, and King County. This past Tuesday night Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Resource Kit won Best in Show in this year’s STC competition. The STC president remarked that the decision ultimately came down to the fact that this book was just really well written. More winners from Microsoft Press and Next Level of Competition This year Microsoft Press entered five books in the Technical...
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    Free ebook: First Look Microsoft Office 2010

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    We promised a more permanent home for this free ebook by Katherine Murray: here it is (in XPS) and here it is (in PDF) . 14 chapters: dive in and enjoy! Part I, “Envision the Possibilities,” introduces you to the changes in Office 2010 and shows you how you can make the most of the new features to fit the way you work today. Chapter 1, “Welcome to Office 2010,” gives you a play-by-play introduction to new features; Chapter 2, “Express Yourself Effectively and Efficiently,” details the great feature enhancements and visual effects throughout the applications; and Chapter 3, “Work Anywhere with Office 2010,” explores the flexibility factor by presenting a set of scenarios that enable users to complete their work no matter where their path takes...
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    Want a second shot? Take it!

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    As part of Microsoft Learning’s Career Initiative, which helps customers and students to get trained and certified on Microsoft technologies, Microsoft Learning re-launched Second Shot on January 13. Here’s Tjeerd Veninga describing the program: We believe Microsoft Certification can boost your career and we want you to be successful when you take an exam. By adding Second Shot to our Career Initiative, you can now register for a free retake (should you need it), and take the exam with less anxiety and fear of not passing the exam. Second Shot is available for IT Pros, Developers and students; you can use this special offer to pass exams that are directly related to the top IT jobs available in the industry today. Job roles, learning paths and clear guidance on getting skilled for these jobs...
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    The Microsoft News Center launches! Plus our own contact info

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    On January 4 , Sandra LeDuc, Sr. Managing Editor, on behalf of the Microsoft News Center Team, introduced the Microsoft News Center . Here’s the beginning of her note about the new site’s design and features: Those of you who have been visitors to the Microsoft PressPass site in the past will notice that we’ve made a few changes. First, and most obviously, we’ve changed the name from “Microsoft PressPass” to the “Microsoft News Center.” The site is all about news from Microsoft, and is the authoritative place to go if you are looking for the latest company news and views. Since it is in fact Microsoft’s news center we thought that’s just what we should call it. If you have been a regular visitor to PressPass in the past you’ll find all the same information here on the News Center. You can still...
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    Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #9: Enter fixed dates instead of linking tasks

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    Carl here. This week’s ProjHugger post continues the “Top 10 problems new (and not so new) Project users have, and what you can do to ease the pain” series. This week: Top 10 Problems, #9: Enter fixed dates. The default view in Project is the Gantt Chart, and the part of that view to the left is a table—the Entry Table by default. The table exposes several columns, each of which is labeled with a field name. In the default view you might see six or so columns. Two of these columns are labeled "Start" and "Finish" and for any given task you are free to enter a date into either or both fields, or pick a date from the handy drop-down date-picker. But let me offer you some unsolicited advice about setting the Start or Finish date values: in most cases, don't do it! I know the date fields are right...
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    Andrew Levicki: New year, new certification challenges

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    Andrew here. Hi there. You may remember my tales of Microsoft exams in the second half of last year. As a quick recap let me tell you briefly that I have been working in IT for about 15 years but although I had seriously considered certification exams in the past, I never actually went down that route. Last year I was considering the prevalent economic climate and realised that I wanted to improve my chances on the job market in case the worst happened (it didn’t, luckily) and I wanted my CV to stand out from others. I had seen a lot of jobs that specified Microsoft certification as a pre-requisite for candidate applications, so I decided that this was the year that I would get the qualifications. I enrolled on an intensive course and gained the Microsoft Certified IT Professional Enterprise...
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    William Stanek: Happy new year and answers to reader queries

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    William here. Hope your holiday was a good one, and welcome to 2010! I’ll keep today’s post short and sweet. Normally, I blog for Microsoft about Windows and Server products, covering everything from Windows 7 to Windows Server to Exchange Server and SQL Server. I also blog for O’Reilly, and mostly about emerging technologies including e-readers, e-books and related topics. You’ll find my Microsoft posts right here on the Microsoft Press blog and my O’Reilly posts on my author page under the Blog link . By now you’ve heard about Ultimate Control Panel (AKA God Mode). I blogged about this feature and how it works at http://ow.ly/T1Fg with a more detailed follow up at http://ow.ly/TpSr . If you are interested in Ultimate Control Panel (AKA God Mode), I hope you’ll read these posts and if...
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    Ed Wilson: Developing Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices book

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    "While it is true that I have written 3 books on VBScript, I have also written 3 books on PowerShell. I have actually been using Windows PowerShell since before it was publically available, and therefore I do not consider myself to be primarily a VBScript guy. In fact, since PowerShell came out, I have written very few VBScripts. I have, however, written thousands PowerShell scripts...."...
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    Forefront TMG 2010 Administrator’s Companion sample chapters

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    "As announced this week Forefront TMG 2010 book went to the printer and it will be available for you next month. We are really excited with this great milestone, and to celebrate that with you we are making available two chapters for you. Chapter 5 covers some important points on the pre-deployment phase, and Chapter 33 dives into some TMG 2010 troubleshooting techniques using Network Monitor 3."...
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    I. M. Wright: “One to one and many to many”

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    "Does the prospect of a one-on-one with your manager make you energized or anxious? Are your morale events packed with peers or attended only by slackers and scandal spreaders? Chances are one-on-ones are at best bearable for you and morale events are rare, wasteful, or both."...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) Administrator's Companion

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    We’re pleased to announce that Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) Administrator's Companion was released to the printer today. The authors are Yuri Diogenes, Jim Harrison, Mohit Saxena from the Microsoft TMG Server Team, with Dr. Tom Shinder. ...
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    Carl Chatfield: Top 10 Problems, #10: Try to use Project as a free-form brainstorming tool

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    "Carl Chatfield here. This blog post is one in a series of 10 based on a presentation I developed, 'Top 10 problems new (and not so new) Project users have, and what you can do to ease the pain.'” Number 10!...
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    Jeffrey Richter: Receiving notifications when garbage collections occur

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    "Jeffrey Richter here. While creating the 3rd Edition of The CLR via C#, I came up with a cool little class that will raise an event after a collection of Generation 0 or Generation 2 occurs. Here is the code for the class."...
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    Information about our support of user groups

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    "Hello Microsoft Press readers! Marsee Henon, from O'Reilly Media, here. Do you run a user group, professional association, or other community group? I'd like to invite you to join the user group program sponsored by O'Reilly Media." ...
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    Calling all readers of developer Training Kits!

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    "Hello everyone. Kimberly Kim here, managing editor at Microsoft Press. As we plan the Training Kits that will cover the next round of .NET Framework exams, I'd like to hear from readers of the Training Kits that covered the last round. If you’ve read any of the books in the list below, let me know your thoughts by filling out the Microsoft Press Books Survey."...
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    William Stanek: 64-bit platform testing is every bit as important as 32-bit platform testing

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    William Stanek updates us about a mobile code bug that was driving him absolutely bonkers....
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