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    Get the practice files for your Office 2010 Step by Step book

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    Hello. Today we’d like to share the links to the practice files for our various Office 2010 Step by Step books in one handy place: Microsoft Access 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=192153 USE THIS AFTER MAY 1, 2014: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/store/microsoft-access-2010-step-by-step-9780735626928 Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=191751 USE THIS AFTER MAY 1, 2014: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/store/microsoft-excel-2010-step-by-step-9780735626942 Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=192152 USE THIS AFTER MAY 1, 2014: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/store/microsoft-office-home-and-student-2010-step-by-step-9780735627215 Microsoft Office Professional 2010...
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    Free ebook: Windows 7 troubleshooting tips

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    Mitch Tulloch, lead author of the Windows 7 Resource Kit, has created a short e-book called “What You Can Do Before You Call Tech Support.” ...
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    Free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft

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    We’re thrilled to offer another free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft , by Katherine Murray. The ebook contains eight chapters and an appendix describing how you can assess and build your technology-based job skills. To give you a sense of the ebook’s content, here is its Foreword, by Microsoft Learning’s Lutz Ziob: Foreword In the midst of a struggling economy, our fast-changing, knowledge-based economy has created unprecedented challenges for employers and workers alike. Employers increasingly need workers with a broad range of information technology (IT) skills. These skills will become even more important as we continue to retool major sectors of our economy, such as healthcare, transportation and energy. By 2014, more than three...
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    Free ebook: Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition

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    Greetings! To help celebrate the Xamarin Evolve conference, we’re happy to release a free ebook today: Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition : Cross-platform C# programming for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone , by Charles Petzold. This ebook was created jointly by Xamarin and Microsoft Press. You can download PDF, EPUB, and Mobi formats at the Microsoft Virtual Academy . This Preview Edition ebook is about writing applications for Xamarin.Forms, the new mobile development platform for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone unveiled by Xamarin in May 2014. Xamarin.Forms lets you write shared user-interface code in C# and XAML (the eXtensible Application Markup Language) that maps to native controls on these three platforms. This ebook is a Preview Edition because it...
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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 at the Microsoft Virtual Academy. 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...
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    Free ebook: System Center: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks

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    We’re very excited to announce a free ebook offering from Microsoft Press: Microsoft System Center: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks (ISBN 9780735682986) by David Ziembicki, Aaron Cushner, Andreas Rynes and the System Center series editor, Mitch Tulloch. This is the first in a series of unique (and free) ebooks that 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. Taken from the book’s Introduction, here is how the authors describe the content of this particular title. Introduction Welcome to Microsoft System Center: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks . We believe that orchestration and automation are becoming increasingly important in IT organizations...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (second DRAFT preview)

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    UPDATE: The final version of this ebook is available here . The version linked to below is out of date. Everybody interested in learning about what’s new in SQL Server 2012, today’s a good day because we’re releasing our second DRAFT preview of Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 , by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner. (Please remember that “draft” means we haven’t completed our editorial/production work on the content.) This version updates the two chapters that appeared in our first DRAFT preview release and adds four more chapters. It contains the boldfaced chapters below: PART I DATABASE ADMINISTRATION (Ross’s part) 1. Denali Editions and Enhancements 2. High Availability and Disaster Recovery Enhancements 3. Scalability and Performance...
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    New book: Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Step by Step

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    John Sharp’s new book, Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Step by Step , is now available! You can order it here or here , as well as many other places. Here are a couple of excerpts from the book. Enjoy! Introduction (excerpt) Microsoft Visual C# is a powerful but simple language aimed primarily at developers creating applications by using the Microsoft .NET Framework. It inherits many of the best features of C++ and Microsoft Visual Basic, but few of the inconsistencies and anachronisms, resulting in a cleaner and more logical language. C# 1.0 made its public debut in 2001. The advent of C# 2.0 with Visual Studio 2005 saw several important new features added to the language, including Generics, Iterators, and anonymous methods. C# 3.0 which was released with Visual Studio 2008, added extension...
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    Free ebook: Microsoft System Center: Configuration Manager Field Experience

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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 second title in this series, Microsoft System Center: Configuration Manager Field Experience (ISBN 9780735683044) by Rushi Faldu, Manish Raval, Brandon Linton, Kaushal Pandey and the System Center series editor Mitch Tulloch, is now available. DOWNLOADS Download the PDF here Download the companion content here Download the Mobi file for Kindle here Download the ePub file here Taken from the...
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    Mark your calendars: Programming Windows, Sixth Edition is coming

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    Special Offer to Celebrate Programming Windows, Sixth Edition Reimagined for full-screen and touch-optimized apps, Windows 8 provides a platform for reaching new users in new ways. In response, programming legend Charles Petzold is rewriting his classic Programming Windows —one of the most popular programming books of all time—to show developers how to use existing skills and tools to build Windows 8 apps. (See the book’s “Description” tab.) To celebrate, Microsoft Press will release three versions of the eBook for Programming Windows, Sixth Edition , including two pre-release editions that provide crucial access to early content. Based on when you purchase (see table below), you will receive the most recently published version of the eBook—plus any...
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    Free ebook: Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model (ISBN 9780735679603), by Marc Farley, as a free download! You can download the PDF version of this title here (120 pages; 3 MB). We will update this post soon with links to EPUB and MOBI files. We expect these files to be available by the end of the month. UPDATE : The EPUB format is here and the MOBI format is here . Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model describes a storage architecture that some experts are calling a game changer in the infrastructure industry. Called the Microsoft hybrid cloud storage (HCS) solution, it was developed as a way to integrate cloud storage services with traditional enterprise storage. The author, Marc Farley, works at Microsoft on hybrid...
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    New book: F# for C# Developers

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    We are happy to announce that F# for C# Developers , by Tao Liu (ISBN 9780735670266) is now available for purchase! Please read on for preordering information, a link to the free sample chapters, and an excerpt from the book. The Contents at a glance, the foreword, and an excerpt from the Introduction can be found in this earlier blog post . Order from The Microsoft Press Store click here Order from Amazon click here Order from Barnes & Noble click here Order from Ada’s Technical Books and Café click here Download sample chapters from the Microsoft Download Center click here Excerpt from Chapter 1: C# and F# Data Structures In this chapter, I’ll compare and contrast various data structures from F# and C# programming languages. F# is a powerful multiparadigm...
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    New formats for our free Microsoft Office 365 ebook

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    In the first chapter of Microsoft Office 365: Connect and collaborate virually anywhere, anytime, Katherine Murray notes that "One of the big features of Office 365 is the software's ability to work with whatever device you're using at the moment — your desktop PC or Mac, laptop or netbook, Android phone, iPhone, Windows Phone, Nokia, or Blackberry." In the spirit of that open access to the power and functionality of Office 365, we are now offering this free ebook in two additional formats: .epub Click here to get the file you can read on PCs, as well as on popular ereaders like the Barnes and Noble Nooks, the Sony Readers, and Kobo Readers. .mobi Click here to get the file you can read on PCs, as well as on the Amazon Kindles. These are DRM-free versions of the ebook. Load ...
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    First preview: Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Second Edition

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    Added October 29, 2013: The second preview is now available (with 12 final chapters and 3 final appendices) here ! Greetings. To add to the great information being shared at //build/ this year, we’re happy to provide a First Preview of the upcoming second edition of Kraig Brockschmidt’s Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript ! As you might remember, over the course of 2012, we published three versions of the first edition: First Preview, Second Preview, and the final release . All were free. And we’ll be doing the same thing with the second edition; all three releases will be free. Lots of information about this preview appears in the Introduction excerpt below, including a link to the companion content for this release. And the 255...
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    Announcing the Microsoft Research series from Microsoft Press

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    To help celebrate Microsoft Research’s 20th anniversary, Microsoft Press and Microsoft Research today jointly announce the launch of a new book series devoted to the work of Microsoft researchers. Microsoft Research has more than 850 researchers, including some of the world’s finest computer scientists, sociologists, psychologists, mathematicians, physicists, and engineers, and the Microsoft Research series shares their thoughts and efforts. Here's the vision for the series: At Microsoft Research, we’re driven to imagine and invent. Our desire is to create technology that helps people realize their full potential and to advance the state of the art in computer science. This series shares the insights of Microsoft researchers as they explore the new and the transformative...
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    New formats for free Microsoft Press eBooks

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    From time to time Microsoft Press has been pleased to offer free downloadable eBooks available as either PDF or XPS files. We are now very happy to announce that five of these same eBooks can be downloaded in two additional formats, DRM-free EPUB and MOBI. These new formats enable you to read these eBooks on ereaders such as Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Sony Reader and Kobo eReader, as well as on iOS devices such as the iPad. Of course these files can also be read with ereading apps for the various devices (and other reading applications like Adobe Digital Editions) on netbooks, laptops, and desktop PCs. The key difference between these formats and the previously-offered PDF and XPS files is that the text is “reflowable,” meaning that it recomposes depending...
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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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