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    Free ebooks: Great content from Microsoft Press that won’t cost you a penny

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    NEW LANDING PAGE We have developed a new landing page for our free ebooks on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site. It’s easy to browse and find the links to the ebooks you want. Check it out here: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/ebooks  
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    Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7, by Charles Petzold

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    Gang, we’re done! 24 chapters, about 1,000 pages. Congratulations to Charles, who has outdone himself! Speaking for Charles and for the Windows Phone 7 team, we hope that you will enjoy Programming Windows Phone 7 : You can download a PDF here (38.6 MB). [NEWER NOTE: the presentation issues have been fixed.] [OLDER NOTE: we see the comments from some of you about presentation issues with the ebook. We’ve determined that the PDF is missing a required embedded font. This is leading to odd (or worse) presentation for some of you, including bitmapped text. We’re working with the vendor to create a new file. I’ll let you know when the new file has replaced the old one in the Microsoft Download Center. We apologize for this!] You can download the ebook’s C#...
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    Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

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    Added April 10, 2014: The second edition of this ebook, updated for Visual Studio 2013 and Windows 8.1, is posted here !   Hello, Kraig Brockschmidt here. To help celebrate //build/ , I’m delighted to announce the completion of Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript! You can download the ebook in PDF format here: http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=270056 (17.9 MB) EPUB format is here: http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=272592 (37.3 MB) MOBI format is here: http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=272591   (69.5 MB) The ebook’s companion content is here: http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=270057 (59.9 MB) ( Note: An updated version of the companion content was made available on November 8, 2012, to fix a line of code.) This free ebook provides comprehensive...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012

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    Friends, the final and complete version of Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 , by Ross Mistry ( @RossMistry ) and Stacia Misner ( @StaciaMisner ), is now ready as a free download! You can download the PDF version of this title here (288 pages; 10.8 MB). We will update this post soon with links to EPUB and MOBI files. We expect these files to be available by March 23. UPDATE: The EPUB is here , and the MOBI is here . Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 includes 10 chapters: PART I DATABASE ADMINISTRATION (by Ross Mistry) 1. SQL Server 2012 Editions and Engine Enhancements 2. High-Availability and Disaster-Recovery Enhancements 3. Performance and Scalability 4. Security Enhancements 5. Programmability and Beyond-Relational Enhancements PART II BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE...
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    Free ebook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

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    Developers, we’re pleased to announce another free offering: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (Microsoft Press, 2011; 336 pages), written by Patrice Pelland, Pascal Paré, and Ken Haines. Here’s a little bit about the authors: Ken Haines is a software development engineer at Microsoft, working in the Consumer and Online Division. He has a passion for distributed applications in the cloud and strives to help customers and partners find the right solution for their needs. Pascal Paré has worked at Microsoft since 2006, where he has held positions as a software engineer on both development and testing teams. Patrice Pelland is a principal development manager at Microsoft, working in the Consumer and Online Division. He leads a development team that is focused on innovation and incubation...
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    Free eBook: Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime

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    We are very excited to announce that we are able to offer Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime (ISBN 9780735656949), by Katherine Murray, as a free eBook . For details on this book, including the Table of Contents, see our previous blog post here . To download your free PDF eBook, click here . Updates to this eBook, as well as additional eBook formats, will become available in the future, so check this blog for updates. To download an EPUB or a MOBI version of this eBook, click here . Introduction (excerpt) Let’s hear it for freedom. Freedom from your desk. Freedom from those ­boring managers’ meetings. Freedom to work anywhere, with anyone, anytime, on almost any device. Sounds good, right? Office 365 is Microsoft’s...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

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    We’re thrilled to publish another free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 , by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner! The book contains 10 chapters and 216 pages, like so: PART I   Database Administration CHAPTER 1   SQL Server 2008 R2 Editions and Enhancements 3 CHAPTER 2   Multi-Server Administration 21 CHAPTER 3   Data-Tier Applications 41 CHAPTER 4   High Availability and Virtualization Enhancements 63 CHAPTER 5   Consolidation and Monitoring 85 PART II   Business Intelligence Development CHAPTER 6   Scalable Data Warehousing 109 CHAPTER 7   Master Data Services 125 CHAPTER 8   Complex Event Processing with StreamInsight 145 CHAPTER 9   Reporting Services Enhancements 165 CHAPTER...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition)

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    Mitch Tulloch has updated his very popular free ebook on Windows Server 2012 based on the RTM version of the software. A key feature of this book is the inclusion of sidebars written by members of the Windows Server team, Microsoft Support engineers, Microsoft Consulting Services staff, and others who work at Microsoft. These sidebars provide an insider’s perspective that includes both “under-the-hood” information concerning how features work, and strategies, tips, and best practices from experts who have been working with the platform during product development. Please see the links below to download one or all of the available formats. PDF - Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition - PDF ebook EPUB – Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition...
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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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    Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Final Edition)

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    We’re happy to announce that we have released the final version of this free ebook. FREE DOWNLOAD FORMATS: PDF Introducing Windows 8- An Overview for IT Professionals - PDF ebook Mobi Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals – Mobi format for Kindle ePub Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals – ePub format Is this book for you? Get a headstart evaluating Window 8—guided by a Windows expert who’s worked extensively with the software since the preview releases. Based on final, release-to-manufacturing (RTM) software, this book introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario-based insights demonstrating how to plan for, implement, and maintain Windows 8 in an enterprise...
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    Free ebook: Deploying Windows 7, Essential Guidance

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    Microsoft Press and Microsoft TechNet Magazine have teamed up to create a free e-book: Deploying Windows 7, Essential Guidance from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and TechNet Magazine....
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    Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition)

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    Here it is! Mitch Tulloch has updated his free ebook of last year; it’s now updated for Windows Server 2008 R2. You can now download Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions, From the Desktop to the Datacenter in XPS format here and in PDF format here . Six chapters adding up to 466 pages. Here are Mitch’s acknowledgments: Acknowledgments This book would not have been possible without the support and assistance of numerous individuals. First, I would like to especially thank Michael Cooper, Senior Product Manager and Field Technical Community Lead for System Center and Virtualization Business Group; Aurora Santiago, Product Manager for System Center and Virtualization Technical Readiness; and Kenon Owens, Technical Product Marketing Manager for Integrated Virtualization, all of whom...
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    Ebooks: List of our free books

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    UPDATE: The list below contains our older ebooks. If you want to see our list of current free ebooks, we have a page on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/ebooks   Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7, by Charles Petzold (a 24-chapter gift from the Windows Phone 7 team and Microsoft Press) Free ebook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (10 chapters by by Patrice Pelland, Pascal Paré, and Ken Haines) Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (10 chapters by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner) Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition) (6 chapters by Mitch Tulloch) Free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft (8 chapters by Katherine Murray) Free ebook...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

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    Another free ebook, Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2, by Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker with the Windows Server Team at Microsoft, can be downloaded here. ...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012

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    UPDATE – there is a new version of this free ebook that is based on the RTM version of the software. Please find the new announcement here with links to the new edition .   I’m excited to announce the most recent free ebook offered by Microsoft Press. Introducing Windows Server 2012 , by Mitch Tulloch, is now ready for free download! Please see the links below to download one or all of the available formats. FORMAT LINK PDF Introducing Windows Server 2012 PDF ebook   EPUB Introducing Windows Server 2012 EPUB ebook MOBI Introducing Windows Server 2012 MOBI ebook If you prefer a hard copy of the book, you can order it here for $14.99 . Introducing Windows Server 2012 is 256 pages and includes 5 chapters loaded with insider information from the Windows Server Team.   Table of Contents...
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    Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (First Preview)

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    Hello! To help celebrate the Windows 8 Release Preview and the Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate , we’re happy to release a preview edition of Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript , by Kraig Brockschmidt (who, some of you might remember, many years ago worked with us on a couple editions of Inside OLE ). THE FINAL EBOOK IS AVAILABLE HERE: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2012/10/29/free-ebook-programming-windows-8-apps-with-html-css-and-javascript.aspx The links for the First Preview follow: Download a PDF of the ebook here (4.34 MB). Download the ebook’s sample code here (27.5 MB). (We’ll release EPUB and MOBI versions of the final ebook.) This first preview contains the first four chapters of what we think will be...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release

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    UPDATE : Now that the RTM edition of this book is available , the download links below have been updated to reflect the most current content. Don't worry, they're still free! We’re very excited to announce another free ebook offering from Microsoft Press. Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release (ISBN 9780735682931), by Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Server Team, introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario-based advice on how the platform can meet the needs of your business. Get the high-level overview you need to begin preparing your deployment now. This book is based on the Preview release and will be updated to cover Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM. Download the PDF version of this title here (242 pages, 9 MB). UPDATE : The EPUB format is here and the MOBI format is here...
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