April, 2011

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    RTM’d today: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-642): Configuring Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure (2nd Edition)

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    We are pleased to announce that MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-642): Configuring Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure (2nd Edition) (ISBN 9780735651609; 752 pages), by Tony Northrup and J.C. Mackin, has released to the printer. It will be available for purchase in May. In the meantime, here is a list of contents and an excerpt from the Introduction for your perusal. Contents at a Glance Chapter 1 Understanding and Configuring TCP/IP Chapter 2 Configuring Name Resolution Chapter 3 Configuring a DNS Zone Infrastructure Chapter 4 Creating a DHCP Infrastructure Chapter 5 Configuring IP Routing Chapter 6 Protecting Network Traffic with IPsec Chapter 7 Connecting to Networks Chapter 8 Configuring Windows Firewall and Network Access Protection Chapter 9 Managing...
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    New Book: Beyond Bullet Points, 3rd Edition: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire

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    We’re pleased to announce that Cliff Atkinson’s Beyond Bullet Points, 3rd Edition: Using Microsoft® PowerPoint® to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire (9780735627352; 352 pages) is now available for purchase. You can find more about the book’s introduction and table of contents in this previous post . Here is an excerpt from Chapter 3, “Building a Foundation with the BBP Story Template”. Enjoy! CHAPTER 3 Building a Foundation with the BBP Story Template IN THIS CHAPTER, YOU WILL: ■ Learn how Beyond Bullet Points (BBP) addresses the limited capacity of your audience’s working memory to process new information. ■ Review step by step how the BBP Story Template creates the foundation for your presentation that...
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    How to report errors in Microsoft Press books

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    To report errors for any Microsoft titles, first go to the website http://microsoftpress.oreilly.com/ and search for the book for which you’re reporting errors. Next, navigate to that book’s catalog page (as seen in the example below) and click on the View/Submit Errata link on the left side of the screen (See arrow A below.) Click on the link that says Submit your own errata for this product . (See arrow B below.) A form for submitting errata will display, featuring check boxes and text fields. If you would like to remain anonymous, click on the Post errata anonymously checkbox. (See arrow C below.) Next enter the page number that the errata appears on in the field that says Page number of error . (See arrow D below.) Enter the specific location of the errata on the page in the next field...
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    Last Days to Save 40 Percent on Books from Microsoft Press–Sales Ends April 6, 2011

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    Visit any Barnes & Noble Booksellers store or online at http://www.bn.com/microsoft-press   through April 6, 2011, to save 40 percent on Microsoft Press books.
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    Authors! Here are our updated proposal guidelines

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    At Microsoft Press we’re always looking for great new ways to teach our customers about Microsoft products and technologies—and great new people to teach them. We publish books on everything from essential skills for Microsoft Office and Windows to technical references and advanced topics for IT professionals and software developers, all the way from Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple to Steve McConnell’s classic, Code Complete . If you have a unique book idea or are interested in writing for one of our established series, here’s what you need to get started (a Word document you fill out with information about the book you want to write). To send us a complete proposal via the doc linked to above, or if you just want to make a quick pitch (a paragraph or...
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    RTM’d today: Beyond Bullet Points, 3rd Ed: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire

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    We’re very eager to announce that Beyond Bullet Points, 3rd Edition: Using Microsoft® PowerPoint® to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire (ISBN 9780735627352; Page Count 352) has gone to the printer and will be available to purchase soon. Unlock the amazing story buried in your presentation—and forget boring, bullet-point-riddled slides forever! Guided by communications expert Cliff Atkinson, you’ll walk you through an innovative, three-step methodology for increasing the impact of your presentation. Discover how to combine classic storytelling techniques with the power of visual media to create a rich, engaging experience with your audience. Fully updated for PowerPoint 2010, and featuring compelling presentation examples from classroom to boardroom...
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    A competition for kids: Kodu Cup

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    Right now, for students 9–17 years old, the Kodu Cup is on! Check out the prizes here , including the grand prize: Grand Prize Microsoft Prize Pack $5,000 Cash Prize New York Trip for 2 to the Imagine Cup including roundtrip airfare, transportation, 3 nights occupancy at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, and $250 cash Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect 3 month Xbox LIVE Gold Toshiba - Satellite Laptop Microsoft - Arc Laser Mouse Microsoft Office Professional 2010 Grand Prize Trophy Here’s a little bit about the Kodu Game Lab : “Kodu provides an end-to-end creative environment for designing, building, and playing your own new games. The core of the Kodu project is the programming user interface. The language is simple and entirely icon-based. Programs are composed of pages, which are broken down into...
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    Best Practices: The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention

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    Here’s a quick reminder about one of the books in our Best Practices series for developers: The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention (ISBN 9780735622531; 480 pages), by Marc McDonald, Robert Musson, and Ross Smith. This practical, hands-on guide captures, categorizes, and builds a process of best practices to help avoid creating defects during the development process—rather than fixing them after extensive analysis. Although there are various proprietary and competing standards for reducing software defects, these methods suffer from issues involving timeliness, effectiveness, and cost. What’s more, many other books focus on fixing errors after they’ve been introduced or promote idealized academic theories. This guide presents practical methods for reducing defect...
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    Scott Guthrie on Microsoft WebMatrix

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    Hola. Today we’re happy to share Scott Guthrie ’s Foreword for Laurence Moroney’s upcoming book, Introducing Microsoft WebMatrix . (The book will be available in May.) Enjoy! Foreword It’s a really exciting time to be a web developer. The array of options that are available to you to be able to put your presence out there on the internet is better than ever before. With the coming emergence of the cloud, giving you global availability and infinite scalability, it feels like we are on the cusp of a new era in web computing. The book in your hands is designed to get you started on this road. It will teach you about a new product that we at Microsoft are very proud of: WebMatrix. With WebMatrix, you can easily get introduced to the wonderful world of open source...
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    New book: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Developer Reference

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    We’re excited to announce that Paolo Pialorsi’s new book, Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Developer Reference , is available (ISBN 9780735639034; 784 pages). Sharpen your SharePoint development skills with this complete and concrete reference guide to Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. This book shows you how to develop real-world secure solutions with techniques for extending and customizing the SharePoint environment with Visual Studio 2010. Introduction Microsoft SharePoint is one of the biggest productivity frameworks released during the last ten years Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is just the last step of a fabulous journey (that began in 2001) in the world of business productivity, collaboration, knowledge sharing, search technologies, and...
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    New book: Building Enterprise Applications with Windows Presentation Foundation and the Model View ViewModel Pattern

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    We’re excited to announce that Building Enterprise Applications with Windows Presentation Foundation and the Model View ViewModel Pattern (ISBN 9780735650923; 224 pages) by Raffaele Garofalo, is now available. Take advantage of Windows Presentation Foundation and the Model View ViewModel design pattern to build rich client applications for the enterprise. With this hands-on guide, you'll master the techniques to bind data to your WPF user interfaces by constructing an example application through the course of the book . Here's information about the book, including a portion of its Introduction and the book's TOC: Introduction The Windows Presentation Framework (WPF), Silverlight, and Windows Phone 7 are the latest technologies for building flexible user interface (UI) for applications...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 Step by Step

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Maria Langer’s Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 Step by Step has shipped to the printer! Teach yourself the fundamentals of Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac -- one step at a time. With this practical tutorial, you'll work at your own pace with easy-to-follow lessons, and learn exactly what you need to know to organize your e-mail and contacts, schedule meetings, and manage tasks on you Mac. Discover how to switch from Microsoft Entourage with a minimum of disruption; organize your e-mail messages, contact information, calendar, and task lists; read e-mail threads as conversations that you can categorize and file; use rules to automate the categorization and filing of e-mail; schedule appointments and coordinate meetings with contacts; flag e...
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    Watch the MIX keynotes live, April 12 & 13 at 9am PDT

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    Can’t attend in person? Watch the keynotes live from Las Vegas, April 12 & 13 at 9am PDT (4pm GMT), via live.visitmix.com . Tune in for the latest announcements from Internet Explorer, Windows Phone, and Silverlight. Keynote streaming is free; no registration is required to participate. The Channel 9 Live team picks up the live coverage immediately following the keynote.
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    Get Your MIX Fix Online

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    Find out what you missed at this year’s event - the latest news from Internet Explorer, Windows Phone and Silverlight, great technical and UX content and more than 150 top speakers in the web community.  Stream or download video and presentation content for free at live.visitmix.com .
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    Be among the first to hear about the next MIX event, including location, dates and introductory pricing. Sign Up Here
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    New book: Microsoft Visio 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re excited to announce that Scott Helmer’s Microsoft Visio 2010 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735648876; 472 pages) is now available for purchase!   You can find the book’s introduction in this previous post . In today’s post, please enjoy an excerpt from Chapter 10, “Visualizing Your Data.” After you have data in your Visio diagram, you need techniques to make that data visible. With a Visio data graphic , you can do just that by displaying text or a graphic on a Visio shape based on the data inside the shape. Read more to learn how to use Visio 2010 data graphics to present shape data in a variety of attractive and useful ways. Enhancing Diagrams with Data-Driven Graphics A person using a Visio diagram you create can learn a lot about the subject of the diagram based on your choice...
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    Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 1 was released today

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    In case you missed the announcement at MIX11 earlier today, IE10 Platform Preview 1 is now available: http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Info/Downloads/Default.html . The Release Notes are here , the Platform Preview User Guide is here , and Internet Explorer Platform Preview Guide for Developers is here . And the Internet Explorer Test Drive page offers lots of other resources and demos. Enjoy!
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