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    Quick news: Save 90% on the eBook when you purchase the print book at MicrosoftPressStore.com

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    Take advantage of the Microsoft Press Store Best Value pack offer and save 90% on the eBook when purchased with the print edition. When you purchase an eBook you receive three formats—PDF, EPUB and MOBI—for use with your computer, tablet, and mobile devices. Simply select the Book + eBook purchase option on any catalog page.
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    Author news: Steve McConnell’s State of the Practice Survey

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    Steve McConnell, author of "Code Complete" and "Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art," would like your input regarding software practices....
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    One week from today: Mark Russinovich virtual roundtable

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    Here’s another reminder about an upcoming event featuring Mark Russinovich, one of the authors of Windows Internals, Fifth Edition (Microsoft Press, 2009). Here’s its description: Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable The Last Mile: Pilot and Deploy Windows 7 Join Microsoft Technical Fellow, Mark Russinovich, on April 29 as he leads a discussion around the process of planning, testing, assessing and rolling out Windows 7 in an enterprise organization. Mark will be joined by a panel of IT professionals who are currently in the piloting and deployment process, along with Microsoft subject matter experts who can speak in depth about the technologies. The event will be broadcast live over the web at 9:00 am PDT, and will be available for on-demand viewing following the broadcast. The discussion...
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    From the MVPs: Being a UC Superhero with Lync QoE Superpowers

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    This is the 49 th 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 Lync MVPs Andrew Morpeth and Curtis Johnstone . Thanks, Andrew and Curtis! Being a UC Superhero with Lync QoE Superpowers Microsoft Lync, by...
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    Quick news: Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 is available

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    Includes enhanced functionality for agile planning, quality enablement, line-of-business application development, developer experience, and more. Check out Somasegar’s blog for details . And here’s the Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 page , which includes more details and the download link.
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    Bits & Bytes: The many faces of William

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    "William here. So yeah, most people know about my books published using my full name William R. Stanek."...
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    Just a reminder: @MicrosoftPress

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    Save $80 on the MCITP Core Training Kit bundle at Borders.com – one month only!

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    From May 5 – June 1, Borders.com is offering the MCITP Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator Core Requirements: Self-Paced Training Kit: Exams 70-640/ 642/ 643/ 647 at 35% off the regular price of $229.99.
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    Quick note: Beta 2s of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4…

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    …are now available to MSDN subscribers here. The official product launch date is March 22, 2010. Here’s the official press release with many more details about the product lineup, etc. Also released today is the latest Silverlight Toolkit for Silverlight 3. ...
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    Author news: Karl Wiegers on writing books & getting published

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    As we’ve mentioned, Karl Wiegers—author of Software Requirements, Second Edition (Microsoft Press, 2003), which has sold over 100K copies ; Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools (Microsoft Press, 2007); and More About Software Requirements: Thorny Issues and Practical Advice (Microsoft Press, 2009)—began blogging a while back. His most recent post, “ You Say You Want to Write a Book? ,” is the first of two posts on starting out as an author. And he tells me he’s got a four-part series coming soon on getting a book published. Karl is one of the most professional authors Microsoft Press has had the pleasure to work with; his guidance for aspiring authors is likely to be helpful.
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    From the author: William Stanek releases two new Pocket Consultants

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    A message from William Stanek: Got Your Pocket Consultant? Hope so! Pocket Consultants are the portable and precise pocket-sized guides that deliver ready answers for day-to-day administration. Pocket Consultants zero in on core operations and daily tasks using quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. Inside each Pocket Consultant, you get focused information to solve problems and get the job done--whether at your desk or in the field. As the author and series editor of the Pocket Consultants, I have poured my more than 20 years of hands-on experience with advanced systems management, programming and development into every book and I'm proud to say my Pocket Consultants have been read by millions of readers around the world. Currently, Microsoft Press is preparing to release...
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    Carl Chatfield: Tracking progress checklist style

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    You can use incremental percent complete values for simple checklist tracking. Here are my recommendations on when and how you might do this without falling into the "precision is not accuracy" trap of project management. You Are Now 4.65% Done Reading This Post That statement is precise but not necessarily accurate. I've previously discussed some of the problems of tracking progress by percent complete. Recording percentage complete per task is easy enough in Project; the Tracking toolbar includes handy incremental completion buttons, and if 25% increments are too vague for your needs, you can record any percentage value you wish in the Update Tasks dialog box. No, the issue with tracking progress this way is that it may suggest to the project manager and project stakeholders a higher...
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    Author news: Alex Ionescu on Windows Internals Fifth Edition

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    If you’ve read "Windows Internals" in the past and you’re wondering whether the new edition is new enough, coauthor Alex Ionescu's post should help you decide....
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    Are you a poet? Compose a haiku and win!

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    Create a Haiku about Windows Server 2008 R2 and you could win a home theater system or an Xbox 360 Elite....
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    eBook deal of the week: Microsoft Office 365 Administration Inside Out

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    NOTE: This deal has expired, but we have a new ebook each week. Check this blog or www.MicrosoftPressStore.com for the current deal. Buy Conquer Microsoft Office 365 administration--from the inside out! Dive into Office 365 administration--and really put your systems expertise to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. Discover how the experts tackle deployment, configuration, and management--and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery. Learn more Terms & conditions Each week, on Sunday at 12:01 AM PST / 7:01 AM GMT, a new eBook is offered for a one-week period. Check back each week for a new deal. The products offered as our eBook Deal of the Week are not eligible for any other discounts...
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    Ed Wilson: Searching for Search

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    "Do you ever think about search engines? Certainly the Bing search engine from Microsoft has made some tremendous improvements in the past year…and is in fact being updated with a Fall refresh. However, for all the advances in search technology, there are still problems."...
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    Ed Wilson: Lessons learned from testing 200 scripts

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    Ed shares some lessons learned after writing all 200 Windows PowerShell scripts for the Windows 7 Resource Kit....
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