July, 2010

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    A free tool from Microsoft Learning: LCDS v2.5

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    Download LCDS v2.5 now! The Microsoft Learning Content Development System (LCDS) is a free tool that enables you to create high-quality, interactive, online courses. The LCDS allows anyone to build e-learning courses by completing the easy-to-use LCDS forms that seamlessly generate highly customized content, including interactive activities, quizzes, games, assessments, animations, demos, and other instructionally engaging elements. Highlights of this release New v2.5 features include: LCDS authoring is 64 bit–compatible E-learning created is compatible with Firefox 3.5.9 and Firefox 3.6.3 New Silverlight 4 Media Player for animations that includes closed captioning and full screen option Enhanced keyboard accessibility for the sort and tile games, adventure interactivity, and Voice of the...
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    If you missed the Windows Phone 7 Jump Start sessions

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    The 12 hours of Windows Phone 7 Jump Start sessions—four virtual sessions to provide developers a jump start for developing Windows Phone 7 applications, presented this week by Microsoft Press authors Rob Miles and Andy Wigley—have concluded. If you missed the sessions, you can watch them via the links below. (Please note that higher quality videos of the sessions will be available in August, after some production work.) Recording Links: July 20 – 8am (PST): Session One: Getting Started with Microsoft Windows Phone and Silverlight AM: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/microsoft/view?id=Win7072010&pw=webcast AM: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/microsoft/view?id=Win7072010-1&pw=webcast AM: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/microsoft/view?id=Win7072010-2&pw...
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    New book: Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step

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    Good news! Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735626959; 512 pages), by Carl Chatfield and Timothy Johnson, is now available for purchase. You can find the book’s chapter-level Contents at a Glance and an excerpt from the Introduction here . Purchasers of the print version will also receive access to the digital edition as well as to online practice files. In this post we offer an excerpt from the book’s Chapter 7, “Fine-Tuning Task Details”: Chapter 7: Fine-Tuning Task Details In this chapter, you will learn how to: ✔ Adjust task links to have more control over how tasks are related. ✔ Apply a constraint to a task. ✔ Split a task to record an interruption in work. ✔ Create a task calendar and apply it to a task. ✔ Change a task type to control how Project schedules tasks. ✔ Record...
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    New book: Microsoft Access 2010 Step by Step

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    We have been busy at Microsoft Press! We’re pleased to announce that another Office 2010 book has hit the shelves! Microsoft Access 2010 Step by Step (ISBN 978-07356-2692-8, 448 pages) is available for purchase. Like the other Office 2010 Step by Step books we’ve recently published, you can expect an improved experience by accessing the practice files online rather than on a CD. You can review the table of contents and the Introduction in this previous post . Here is an excerpt from Chapter 2, “Create Databases and Simple Tables.” Chapter 2 Create Databases and Simple Tables In this chapter, you will learn how to ✔ Create databases from templates. ✔ Create databases and tables manually. ✔ Manipulate table columns and...
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    International Awards for Microsoft Press

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    The Society for Technical Communications (STC) is a professional association dedicated to advancing the art and science of technical communications. In January, three Microsoft Press books qualified for STC’s International Technical Publications competition, based on winning the highest honors at the local, chapter level. I’m thrilled to announce two of our books won international recognition – making them truly world-class. A huge congratulations to our planners, editorial team, brand and design team, operations team, and authors !! Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Resource Kit STC International: EXCELLENCE STC Puget Sound Chapter: Distinguished, Best in Show Judge’s comments: Superb organization. Everything you’d expect...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Access 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re happy to announce that Microsoft Access 2010 Step by Step has shipped to the printer! This book will be available for purchase in a few weeks. Contents Part 1 Simple Database Techniques 1 Explore an Access 2010 Database 2 Create Databases and Simple Tables 3 Create Simple Forms 4 Display Data 5 Create Simple Reports Part 2 Relational Database Techniques 6 Maintain Data Integrity 7 Create Custom Forms 8 Create Queries 9 Create Custom Reports Part 3 Database Management and Security 10 Import and Export Data 11 Make Databases User Friendly 12 Protect Databases 13 Customize Access Introduction Introducing Microsoft Access 2010 Microsoft Access 2010 is a powerful relational database program that includes hundreds of tools you can use to quickly start tracking, sharing...
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    New book: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Step by Step

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    Hello again. We’re happy to announce that Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Step by Step (448 pages; Print ISBN: 978-0-7356-2691-1), by Joyce Cox and Joan Lambert, is now also available. You can find the book’s outline and a description of its coverage here . And following is an excerpt from the book. Enjoy!                 Chapter 11 Add Sound and Movies In this chapter, you will learn how to Insert and play sounds. Insert and play videos. A Microsoft PowerPoint presentation is usually created to convey a lot of information in a short time. That information can be in the form of text, graphics, charts, and tables, but it might also consist of audio content. And sometimes the best way to ensure that your audience understands your message is to show a video. For...
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    Rob and Andy talk Windows Phone 7

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    Rob Miles here. Next week Andy Wigley and I will be talking Windows Phone 7 development. For six hours. We are going to be covering how you write Silverlight applications, how you write games in XNA (that’s my favourite bit), how you sell them, and what makes this new platform so special and shiny. There will be four three-hour sessions: two on Tuesday, July 20 th and two on Thursday, July 22 nd . On the Wednesday in-between Andy and I will be online giving help to anyone getting started. We are doing all this live from downtown Bellevue, as a Windows Live event with video so that you can actually watch us play with all the toys. There will be quizzes, prizes, and labs along with some truly appalling jokes (sorry about that). You can find out more, and sign up, here: https://msevents.microsoft...
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    New book: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re eager to announce that Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 Step by Step (ISBN 978-07356-2721-5; 672 pages) is available for purchase. Check out this previous post for the table of contents and an excerpt from the Introduction. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 11, “Change Workbook Appearance.” Chapter 11 Change Workbook Appearance In this chapter, you will learn how to ✔ Format cells. ✔ Define styles. ✔ Apply workbook themes and Excel table styles. ✔ Make numbers easier to read. ✔ Change the appearance of data based on its value. ✔ Add images to worksheets. Entering data into a workbook efficiently saves you time, but you must also ensure that your data is easy to read. Microsoft Excel 2010 gives you a wide variety of ways to make...
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    Author news: New C# Yellow Book, by Rob Miles, now available

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    Rob Miles, who a couple of weeks ago presented in the Windows Phone 7 Jump Start sessions and who is the author of Microsoft XNA Game Studio 3.0: Learn Programming Now! (which we’re updating with Rob for XNA Game Studio 4.0 and Windows Phone 7), has just released a great free offering for those interested in learning C# programming. Here’s Rob’s description from his website : The new version of my famous C# Yellow Book is now available for download. This free 197 page book is the basis of our programming course and has a whole bunch of new content, along with reorganised layout and proper sections. Get yours today from here: http://www.csharpcourse.com/ The C# Yellow Book is used by the Department of Computer Science in the University of Hull as the basis of the First Year programming course...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Outlook 2010 Inside Out

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    Kenyon Brown here, editor of this title. We’re very pleased to announce that Jim Boyce’s latest book, Microsoft Outlook 2010 Inside Out (ISBN: 9780735626867), has shipped to the printer! Covering Outlook 2010, Jim’s book offers hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. You’ll discover how the experts manage Outlook 2010—to arrange your schedule, manage tasks, and organize contacts easily; sort e-mail messages by conversation, category, and with search folders; collaborate with colleagues by linking to Microsoft SharePoint 2010; make use of virus protection, encryption, spam filters, and other security features; take Outlook 2010 with you, using it on the Web and with your mobile device, use workgroups, instant messaging, and more with Microsoft Exchange Server;...
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    Author news: Jeff Conrad demos an Access Services web application

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    Good morning. This video has been on Channel 9 for a couple of months, but users of Access might find it interesting. Jeff Conrad, one of the authors of the upcoming Microsoft Access 2010 Inside Out (ISBN: 978-0-7356-2685-0), “talks about his upcoming book…discusses how he built a completely web-based restaurant management system using Access, and walks us through the system's features, including data macros, custom reports, filtering, and client functionality.” Access Services is a new feature of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition that supports close integration with Microsoft Access 2010. This integration enables users to extend the ease of Access application development to the creation of Web forms and reports, and it enables IT managers to extend the ease of SharePoint...
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    Carl Chatfield: Carl's favorite 2010 features: Improved paste into Word and Excel

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    Carl Chatfield here. In previous posts (including here and here ) I've explored some of my favorite new features in Project 2010. This week, I look at a nice improvement to one of the more mundane features of desktop apps: Copy and Paste. Not Glamorous, But Still a Great 2010 Improvement Copy and Paste via the Windows Clipboard is such a basic, unglamorous feature that I was surprised to see some improvements in this area. Yet in 2010 you'll find better pasting of structured, tabular data from Project to Word and Excel. Let's start with the Copy and Paste experience in Office 2007 applications (and indeed what I describe here is what you'd experience in all versions prior to 2010). Let's start first with Excel. Tables and Chairs I'll start in the Resource Sheet view in Project. I have the Cost...
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    Author news: Charles Petzold on his new book (Programming Windows Phone 7)

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    This has been posted for a while, but you might have missed it. It’s a great interview Scott Hanselman did with Charles Petzold about his past books (15 books, including Programming Windows and Code and The Annotated Turing ), his upcoming book Programming Windows Phone 7 , WPF, XAML, development for Windows Phone 7, and many other topics. Check it out here .
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Best Practices

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    We’re excited to announce that Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Best Practices has shipped to the printer! This highly anticipated title by Siegfried Jagott and Joel Stidley will be available for purchase in a few short weeks. Contents Part I Preparing for Exchange Server 2010 Chapter 1: Introducing Exchange Server 2010 Chapter 2: Exchange Deployment Projects Chapter 3: Exchange Environmental Considerations Part II Designing Exchange Server 2010 Chapter 4: Client Access in Exchange 2010 Chapter 5: Routing and Transporting Chapter 6: Mailbox Services Chapter 7: Edge Transport and Messaging Security Chapter 8: Automated Message Processing, Compliance, and Archiving Chapter 9: Unified Messaging Chapter 10: Federated Delegation Chapter 11: Designing High Availability Chapter...
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    More Windows Phone 7 Jump Start sessions, plus forum

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    As you might know, Rob Miles and Andy Wigley have been talking Windows Phone 7 development in Live Meeting sessions. They've been covering how you write Silverlight applications, how you write games in XNA, how you sell them, and what makes this new platform so special and shiny. There were two sessions on Tuesday, July 20th and there will be two more on Thursday, July 22nd: Session Three: Advanced Windows Phone Development Session Four: Selling Your Windows Phone Solutions & Wrap Up Today Rob and Andy answered loads of questions in an “Office Hours” session in the Windows Phone 7 Jump Start forum. Take a look.
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    New book: Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple

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    We’re excited to announce that Katherine Murray’s Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple (ISBN 9780735626973; 448 pages) is now available for purchase!   You can find the book’s chapter-level table of contents and some colorful examples of this easy-to-use, beginner-focused guide to Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, and OneNote in this previous post . In today’s post, please enjoy a deeper look at section 6, “Working with Special Content in Word.”    
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