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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    Sale today: ebooks on Excel 2010 and Excel 2007

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    Just a quick note to say that we’ve got 12 different ebooks on Excel 2010 and Excel 2007 (including an ebook on Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel 2010) on sale today: “For one day only, you can SAVE 50% on these ebooks from Microsoft Press. Use discount code DD2XX in the shopping cart. This offer may not be combined with other offers. Ebooks from oreilly.com are DRM-free. You get free lifetime access, multiple file formats, free updates.” Here’s the page where you can order these ebooks.
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    Jeffrey Richter: Excerpt #5 from CLR via C#, Third Edition

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    Jeffrey Richter here again. Today I’d like to share one more section from my latest book . It’s from Chapter 20, “Exceptions and State Management.” You can search this blog for more excerpts from the book. Thanks for your interest! Constrained Execution Regions (CERs) Many applications don’t need to be robust and recover from any and all kinds of failures. This is true of many client applications like Notepad.exe and Calc.exe. And, of course, many of us have seen Microsoft Office applications like WinWord.exe, Excel.exe, and Outlook.exe terminate due to unhandled exceptions. Also, many server-side applications, like Web servers, are stateless and are automatically restarted if they fail due to an unhandled exception. Of course some servers, like SQL Server, are all about state management and...
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    New book: Working with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

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    We’re very happy to announce that Working with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 , by Mike Snyder, Jim Steger, and Kristie Reid (ISBN 9780735648128, 624 pages) is now available for purchase. The book’s table of contents and Introduction are available in this previous post . Configure, adapt, and extend Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011—guided by two of the leading implementation specialists in the field. Whether you’re an IT professional, a developer, or a power user, you’ll get pragmatic, hands-on insights for customizing CRM in your organization—with or without programming. Discover how to: Set up and configure your system Plan and configure security settings and information access Easily customize form attributes, views, and relationships Create...
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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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    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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    New book: Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 Step by Step

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    We’re excited to announce that Maria Langer’s Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735651890; 452 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 8, “Managing Your Calendar.” Outlook for Mac has a number of features that make managing your calendar easy. For example, it enables you to view your calendar a number of ways—by day, work week, calendar week, or month—so you can see your schedule in a way that’s most meaningful to you. You can even use the My Day window to focus on the calendar items and tasks you need to do today. If you use the category feature of Outlook, you can fine-tune the display of events to...
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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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    Be among the first to hear about the next MIX event, including location, dates and introductory pricing. Sign Up Here
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    An overview of how we gather and use your feedback

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    Greetings, everybody! The Microsoft Press team is currently reviewing all the feedback you’ve sent us in the first quarter of the year (January through March) via the following mechanisms: Our anonymous survey: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/booksurvey Amazon.com and http://microsoftpress.oreilly.com/ reader reviews Our support alias: mspinput [at] microsoft.com We gather the data into four reports: Developer, Information Worker, IT Professional (without Training Kits), and Training Kits. All of us—from Production Engineer to Publisher—read the reports, and we also assign rotating primary reviewers to summarize the trends in your feedback and to suggest changes we can make to address your feedback. (For example, last time we decided that the URL pointing...
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    RTM’d today: Documents, Presentations, and Workbooks: Using Microsoft Office to Create Content That Gets Noticed

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    We’re very pleased to announce that Stephanie Krieger’s book, Documents, Presentations, and Workbooks: Using Microsoft Office to Create Content That Gets Noticed has shipped to the printer! Office MVP Stephanie Krieger offers her expert techniques and best practices for creating professional-looking documents, slide presentations, and worksheets -- and helps you apply these skills with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in Office 2010 or Office for Mac 2011. This practical guide provides constructive advice and timesaving tips to help you produce compelling content that delivers—and gets noticed. You'll work smarter, not harder! Plan and design presentations and reports that get your message across; determine the best ways to use templates and themes in Word, PowerPoint...
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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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    Coming soon: Kinect for Windows SDK beta

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    Greetings! In case you missed it, in a press release from MIX11 yesterday , the following news was shared: Today at MIX, Microsoft detailed some of the features in the Kinect for Windows Beta SDK from Microsoft Research coming in the spring, including the following: Robust Skeletal Tracking for high-performance capabilities that track the skeleton image of one or two persons moving within the Kinect field of view Advanced Audio Capabilities, including four-element microphone array with sophisticated acoustic noise and echo cancellation for great audio; beam formation to identify the current sound source and integration with the Windows speech recognition API also included XYZ depth camera for standard color camera stream access and depth data that indicates the distance of...
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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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    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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    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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    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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