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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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    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: 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 The version linked to below is out of date.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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    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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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight

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    Greetings! We’re thrilled to share another new free ebook with you: Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight , by Avkash Chauhan, Valentine Fontama, Michele Hart, Wee Hyong Tok, and Buck Woody. Here are the download links (and below the links you’ll find an ebook excerpt that describes this offering): Download the PDF (6.37 MB; 130 pages) from http://aka.ms/IntroHDInsight/PDF Download the EPUB (8.46 MB) from http://aka.ms/IntroHDInsight/EPUB Download the MOBI (12.8 MB) from http://aka.ms/IntroHDInsight/MOBI Download the code samples (6.83 KB) from http://aka.ms/IntroHDInsight/CompContent Introduction (excerpt) Microsoft Azure HDInsight is Microsoft’s 100 percent compliant distribution of Apache Hadoop on Microsoft Azure. This means that standard Hadoop concepts...
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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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    New book: Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

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    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. Purchase your copy today here or here . In today’s post, please enjoy an excerpt from Chapter 6, “Network administration.” Chapter 6 Network administration The network is the foundation of an organization’s information...
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    Watermarks: Finding a balance above the Waterline

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    Several readers have commented about our implementation of watermarks in e-books, and I wanted to share a bit more of our thinking. For now, we’ve decided to go with watermarking as a deterrent to piracy to protect our authors, but we’re listening to your thoughts, and we continue to have rich discussions on the topic. Here’s a little of the back story and the vectors we’re weighing in the decision. Ease of access for readers. At Microsoft Press, we’re all about impact. We want to help our readers get to top quality information effectively and efficiently. Readers should be able to access their books on all their devices without the hassle of logins or PINs or other access controls. Ease of access is like ease of navigation. Readers need to get to the content they need in the most friction...
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    New book: Windows 7 Resource Kit

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    We’re pleased to announce that Windows 7 Resource Kit, by Mitch Tulloch, Tony Northrup, Jerry Honeycutt, Ed Wilson, and the Windows 7 Team at Microsoft, is now available for purchase in bookstores (Microsoft Press, 2010; ISBN: 9780735627000; 1760 pages)!...
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    Windows Phone 8 Development Internals (Preview 1) available now

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    To celebrate Windows Phone 8 and //build/ , Microsoft Press is making Windows Phone 8 Development Internals available in two preview digital editions—plus the final ebook, when ready—at special promotional pricing. Purchase between October 30 and November 5, 2012, and your cost is just $10 for the two preview editions and the final ebook! (This is similar to our approach with Charles Petzold’s Programming Windows, Sixth Edition .) You can make your purchase through our official distributor at http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145373342.do . See the “Pricing and Publication Schedule” table there (or below) for pricing and dates. About the Book Written by two members of the Windows Phone 8 team—Andrew Whitechapel and Sean McKenna— Windows Phone...
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    Quick news: Free training and exam voucher for HTML5 and JavaScript

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    In case you missed this on the Born to Learn blog, this is a great offer:   Ready to prove or acquire Windows Apps skills? Here are 4 ways to prepare for the demand: Free Exam - Get a free voucher to take exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 w/ JavaScript + CSS3. Find the voucher code. http://aka.ms/HTML5OfferMVA Free Training - Want to learn HTML5 or brush up before taking the exam? Sign up to access the free online HTML5 course. http://aka.ms/HTML5OfferMVA Free eBook - Courtesy of Microsoft Press, "Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript"  http://aka.ms/win8apps-ebook Free Events - Microsoft Learning Partners are holding #TechShowcase events around the world. Find and attend one near you: http://aka.ms/TechShowcase
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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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    Free ebook: Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller

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    Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy 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 fourth title in this series, Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller (ISBN 9780735683082) by Yung Chou and Keith Mayer, and the System Center series editor Mitch Tulloch, is now available. Taken from the book's Introduction, here is how the authors describe the content of this particular title. Introduction Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 App Controller is uniquely...
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    Free ebooks: Now on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site

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    No doubt, our blog is a great site for announcing new books and other quick bits of news; however, we really needed a great landing page to host our free ebooks in an elegant, easy-to-browse way. Our coworkers at the Microsoft Virtual Academy provided the solution. It’s a perfect place to land, since many of you already consume the Jump Start sessions, live events and archived courses from MVA. So, check it out here . As each new book is released, we’ll add it to the page.
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    New book: CLR via C#, Fourth Edition

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    We’re excited to announce the availability of CLR via C#, Fourth Edition (ISBN 9780735667457) by Jeffrey Richter! This is a must-have title for developers who want a deep understanding of the tools they’re using and the concepts they’re employing. Learn why C# is the way it is by reading Richter’s deft explanation of how the common language runtime (CLR) works and the facilities that it offers, and about the core parts of the Framework Class Library (FCL). Purchase your own copy here or here . In today’s post, please enjoy an excerpt from Chapter 21, “The Managed Heap and Garbage Collection.” For an excerpt from the Introduction and a look at the book’s contents, take a look at this previous post . Chapter 21 The Managed Heap and Garbage Collection (excerpt) In this chapter, I’ll discuss how...
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    Book update/Page corrections: “MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows 7”

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    Greetings. Although we strive for perfect books (yes, elusive perfection!), we know we make mistakes. And if you follow this blog, you know we take customer feedback very seriously, always requesting it, regularly reviewing it, and acting on it almost weekly in terms of discussions we have and decisions we make about titles we’re creating. We’ve heard from many of you about errata for MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows 7 . (Click the View/Submit Errata link on the book’s catalog page and you’ll find the errata.) Today we’d like to offer you an 85-page PDF (4.38 MB) containing updated book pages for all the errata we gathered as of February 11, 2011. In other words, any book page requiring a change has been changed and those pages have...
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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. Here are the download links: PDF (6.35 MB), EPUB (22.7 MB), and MOBI (12.3 MB). 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 the content while...
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