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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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    New book: Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

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    NOTE: This book has been updated for R2. You can buy it here from The Microsoft Press Store. We’re happy to announce the availability of Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (ISBN 9780735673106)! Written by Mitch Tulloch, this book helps enterprise administrators build their skills in the area of deploying and managing Windows Server 2012 core services. Readers develop their real-world skills and maximize their on-the-job performance via the book’s many lessons, exercises, and suggested practices. In addition, readers can use this Training Guide as a learning resource, along with on-the-job experience, to help them prepare for the 70-410 exam. In today’s post, please enjoy an excerpt from Chapter 6, “Network administration.” Chapter...
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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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    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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    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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    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 ebook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (DRAFT Preview)

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    NEW: The complete and final version of this ebook is now available here . We’re pleased to announce another free offering (following Charles Petzold’s Programming Windows Phone 7 Series (DRAFT Preview) , which we released on March 15): Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (DRAFT Preview) . This DRAFT Preview contains three chapters from what will be a ten-chapter ebook when it’s released this summer. The three chapters make up Part II, “Moving from Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 to Visual Studio 2010.” You can download the DRAFT Preview of this ebook in XPS or PDF format here . Here’s some of the Introduction (<snip> marks a deletion, to shorten this post), which explains the book’s approach: Introduction Every time we get...
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    Free ebook: Microsoft System Center: Troubleshooting Configuration Manager

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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 third title in this series, Microsoft System Center: Troubleshooting Configuration Manager (ISBN 9780735683020) by Rushi Faldu, Manoj Kumar Pal, Andre Della Monica, Kaushal Pandey, and the System Center series editor Mitch Tulloch, is now available.   DOWNLOADS Download the PDF here Download the Mobi file for Kindle here Download the ePub file here           We'll post announcements as other System Center titles are available. Expect more soon...
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    Two free e-books available in April

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    To celebrate our 25th year, we’ve been offering free e-books to our readers, and I’m happy to announce that April’s e-books are now available....
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    From the MVPs: Setting Internet Explorer Trusted Site Settings via Group Policy Object in Windows Server 2012 R2

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    This is the 39th 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 Windows Expert – IT Pro MVP Philippe Levesque . Thanks, Philippe! Today I will talk about setting up trusted sites via Group Policy Objects ...
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    New book: Microsoft Application Architecture Guide, Second Edition

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    We’re happy to announce that Microsoft Application Architecture Guide, 2nd Edition (Patterns & Practices) is available now. You can buy it in hard copy via online retailers (ISBN: 9780735627109) or download it for free....
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    Free ebook: Microsoft System Center Data Protection for the Hybrid Cloud

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    We’re happy to announce the release of our newest free ebook, Microsoft System Center Data Protection for the Hybrid Cloud (ISBN 9780735695832), by Shreesh Dubey, Vijay Tandra Sistla, Shivam Garg, and Aashish Ramdas; Mitch Tulloch, Series Editor. Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) at the Microsoft Virtual Academy . Below you’ll find a few helpful sections from the Introduction. Enjoy! Introduction If you are responsible for architecting and designing the backup strategy for your organization, especially if you're looking for ways to incorporate cloud backup into your business continuity scenarios, this book is for you. With the increasing trends in virtualization as well as the move to the pubic cloud, IT organizations are headed toward a world where data and...
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    Free ebooks: What’s new in our list of great resources

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    Updated We just released the RTM version of our Introducing Windows Server 2012 ebook. Check it out! PDF - Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition - PDF ebook EPUB – Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – ePub format MOBI – Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – MOBI format (for Kindle) And we’ve released the second preview of our Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript ebook, which contains 12 chapters. The final 17-chapter version will be completed this fall. Stay tuned. You can download the Second Preview (PDF only) here (13.5 MB). And you can download the Second Preview’s companion content here (64.9 MB). (We’ll release the final version of this free ebook in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI...
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    Free ebook: Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation

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    We’re happy to announce the release of our newest free ebook, Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation (ISBN 9780735698154), by Michael McKeown. This is the second ebook in Microsoft Press’s free Microsoft Azure Essentials series. Future ebooks will cover specific Azure topics, such as Azure Machine Learning, Azure Websites for Developers, and others. Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) at the Microsoft Virtual Academy . Below you’ll find the ebook’s Foreword, by Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of the Cloud and Enterprise group at Microsoft, as well as its full Introduction. Enjoy! Foreword I’m thrilled to be able to share these Microsoft Azure Essentials ebooks with you. The power that Microsoft Azure gives you is thrilling but not unheard...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server Code Name “Denali” (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. Greetings! We’re happy to announce that we’re in the process of creating a free ebook similar to Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (which we released in 2010). Its title is currently Introducing Microsoft SQL Server Code Name “Denali,” and it will describe many of the new features and capabilities of the next version of SQL Server. This ebook, like that earlier one, is being authored by the fantastic team of Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner . And today, to help celebrate PASS Summit 2011 , please enjoy a DRAFT Preview excerpt containing two chapters: Chapter 2, “High Availability and Disaster Recovery Enhancements,” written by Ross, and Chapter...
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    Quick news: Microsoft Press is now distributed by Pearson

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    As many of you saw in the post from a couple of weeks ago, Pearson is now the worldwide distributor of Microsoft Press books. As always, you can  purchase our books from any retailer, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  What’s new is that you can also purchase them directly from InformIT.com, Pearson’s site. Later this month we’ll be unveiling our new Microsoft Press Store online. Stay tuned. I’ll also include an FAQ then to communicate the changes and answer some of the concerns that many of you expressed in your comments a couple of weeks ago. We appreciate your feedback.
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    Recent ebook giveaways from Microsoft Press

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    A quick summary post of some of our recent giveaways: Free ebook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (DRAFT Preview) Free ebook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (DRAFT Preview II) Code for “Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010” DRAFT ebooks Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series (DRAFT Preview) (by Charles Petzold) Free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition) Free ebook: First Look Microsoft Office 2010 Free ebook: Windows 7 troubleshooting tips Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 Free ebook: Deploying Windows 7, Essential Guidance There’s gotta be something in that list for you to...
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