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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...
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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...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals

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    Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) as well as link to the companion content hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re happy to announce that Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals by Ed Bott is ready for download. Introduction It’s difficult to believe that Windows 8 was introduced only a year ago, and yet today its successor, Windows 8.1, is ready for widespread adoption. By Microsoft’s standards, that is warp speed. And it is a tribute to the developers who designed and built Windows 8 and 8.1 that they have been able to sustain that pace and deliver such a polished product. The Windows 8 product line represents a radical departure for Microsoft. A new user experience. A new app platform. New security features and new management tools. If you’re an IT pro, you have the daunting...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals

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      We are happy to announce a new free ebook – Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals by Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Azure Team! Whether you’re new to the Windows Azure platform or are already using it in your business, this book has something that should interest you. Most Windows Azure services are described in some detail, with screenshots used to demonstrate some of the multitude of capabilities of the platform. And for the experienced we have lots of under-the-hood insights and expert tips written by Microsoft insiders who develop, test, and use the Windows Azure platform. Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) as well as link to the companion content hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy
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    Jeffrey Richter: Excerpt #2 from CLR via C#, Third Edition

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    "Today I thought I’d share a section a section from Chapter 23, 'Assembly Loading and Reflection,' with you. This section discusses how to embed your application’s dependent DLLs inside your EXE file, simplifying deployment by allowing you to distribute just one physical file."...
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    Free ebook: “First Look: Microsoft Office 2010”

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    For a limited time you can download this free e-book without stepping through any registration. First Look: Microsoft Office 2010, by Katherine Murray, offers 14 chapters of early content....
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    Free ebook: Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office Users

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    Update : You can now download this free ebook in three formats from the Microsoft Download Center: PDF , . mobi , and ePub . We are very excited to announce that we are able to offer Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office 2010 Users (ISBN 9780735668836), by Mitch Tulloch, as a free ebook. You can download a free copy of the ebook from the Microsoft Download center. See below for the table of contents and an excerpt from the Introduction. Take control—and put the built-in security and privacy features in Microsoft Office to work! Whether downloading documents, publishing a presentation, or collaborating online—this guide offers concise, how-to guidance and best practices to help protect your documents and your ideas. • Get practical, proactive guidance for...
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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 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...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Preview Edition)

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    Update: Nov 13, 2012 The final version is now available! See our announcement here : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2012/11/13/free-ebook-introducing-windows-8-an-overview-for-it-professionals-final-edition.aspx The Windows 8 operating system is the newest member of the Microsoft Windows family. It differs from earlier Windows releases as much for what it does not change as for what it does change. That is, the features that IT pros loved about Windows 7 are still there in Windows 8—just better. The same keyboard shortcuts, management tools, security features, and deployment options are available in Windows 8. But in many cases, Windows 8 improves them in intuitive and significant ways. Some examples are the ribbon in File Explorer and faster disk encryption when...
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    Free ebook: Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure

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    Greetings! We’re happy to release a free ebook today: Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure: Best practices for DevOps, data storage, high availability, and more , by Scott Guthrie, Mark Simms, Tom Dykstra, Rick Anderson, and Mike Wasson. You can download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) at the Microsoft Virtual Academy . This ebook walks you through a patterns-based approach to building real-world cloud solutions. The patterns apply to the development process as well as to architecture and coding practices. The content is based on a presentation developed by Scott Guthrie and delivered by him at the Norwegian Developers Conference (NDC) in June of 2013 (part 1, part 2), and at Microsoft Tech Ed Australia in September 2013 (part 1, part 2). Many others updated and augmented...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014

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    Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re pleased to announce our next free ebook – Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 – by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner. Introduction Microsoft SQL Server 2014 is the next generation of Microsoft’s information platform, with new features that deliver faster performance, expand capabilities in the cloud, and provide powerful business insights. In this book, we explain how SQL Server 2014 incorporates in-memory technology to boost performance in online transactional processing (OLTP) and data-warehouse solutions. We also describe how it eases the transition from on-premises solutions to the cloud with added support for hybrid environments. SQL Server 2014 continues to include components that support analysis, although...
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    Free ebook: Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Second Edition

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    Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) as well as link to the companion content hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re pleased to announce our free (1311-page) ebook: Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Second Edition, by Kraig Brockschmidt. Kraig began updating the first edition exactly a year ago, and when you examine the new ebook’s Table of Contents you’ll quickly see how much work he has done to share his deep understanding of Windows Store app building. Even in the simplest sense—new pages added to this edition: 478—Kraig’s effort and generosity are impressive. Thank you, Kraig, and enjoy, app builders! The following excerpt from Kraig’s introduction to the ebook shares our goals for the title: Introduction...
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    New book: Team Collaboration: Using Microsoft Office for More Effective Teamwork

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    We are happy to announce that Team Collaboration: Using Microsoft Office for More Effective Teamwork (ISBN 9780735669628) by John Pierce is now available for purchase! Set the stage for more effective collaboration in your organization using Microsoft Office. Whether coordinating a cross-team project or leading your workgroup, you’ll discover how to combine your skills with Office programs with best practices for enabling your team’s best work. Apply expert insights for increasing the collaboration power of teams and groups Take advantage of the collaboration features in Microsoft Word ,Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote to manage shared work and communications Learn ways to use Microsoft SharePoint to enable teamwork Team Collaboration: Using Microsoft Office...
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    From the MVPs: Understanding the Windows Server Failover Cluster Quorum in Windows Server 2012 R2

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    This is the 40th 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 Cluster MVP David Bermingham . Thanks, David!   Understanding the Windows Server Failover Cluster Quorum in Windows Server 2012 R2 Before...
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    Free ebook: Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Second Edition (second preview)

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    Added April 10, 2014 – The second edition has been finalized and published. See the new blog post here. Microsoft Press is pleased to offer the second preview of Kraig Brockschmidt’s in-depth ebook on writing Windows Store apps using HTML, CSS3, and JavaScript within the Windows 8.1 platform. Here are the download links: Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Second Edition (second preview ) [16.4 MB PDF; 12 chapters & 3 appendices; 750 pages] Companion content for the Second Edition (second edition) [132 MB ZIP; code samples, plus 20 videos] Kraig’s Introduction, which appears below, describes this ebook’s chapters and appendices. intended audiences, and accompanying samples and other companion content. We’ll be publishing the final ebook (with 20 chapters &...
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    Free ebook: Petzold’s Programming Windows Phone 7 (Special Excerpt 2)

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    Just in time for VSLive in Redmond, here’s a second draft preview ebook of Charles Petzold’s upcoming Programming Windows Phone 7 ! The first preview ebook contained six chapters. This one contains eleven chapters (and 265 pages): Part I   The Basics Chapter 1   Hello, Windows Phone 7 Chapter 2   Getting Oriented Chapter 3   An Introduction to Touch Chapter 4   Bitmaps, Also Known as Textures Chapter 5   Sensors and Services Chapter 6   Issues in Application Architecture Part II   Silverlight Chapter 7   XAML Power and Limitations Chapter 8   Elements and Properties Part III   XNA Chapter 20   Principles of Movement Chapter 21   Textures and Sprites Chapter 22  ...
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    Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series (DRAFT Preview)

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    Do you recognize this man? That’s Charles Petzold ! Looking stylish with the cover of his free ebook on his tee shirt. It’s a draft preview of his upcoming book (to be published in the fall): Programming Windows Phone 7 Series . This preview ebook contains six chapters in three parts (153 pages total): Part I Getting Started Chapter 1 Phone Hardware + Your Software Chapter 2 Hello, Windows Phone Part II Silverlight Chapter 3 Code and XAML Chapter 4 Presentation and Layout Part III XNA Chapter 5 Principles of Movement Chapter 6 Textures and Sprites Here’s a quick excerpt from the ebook: Chapter 1 Phone Hardware + Your Software Sometimes it becomes apparent that previous approaches to a problem haven’t quite worked the way you anticipated. Perhaps...
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