April, 2012

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    eReference Library: Subscription information

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    We don’t often feature our Microsoft Press eReference Library on the blog. I thought it might be time for a refresh. Access a wealth of Microsoft Press books by subscribing to our eReference Library hosted by Safari Books Online. You’ll get access to Microsoft Press titles and time-saving tools that make it easy for you to organize information and personalize your experience so that you can reach your training goals. Search and access more than 600 reference books from Microsoft Press, and read the full content online. Quickly find specific information within a book. Easily search multiple books to find information on the same topic. Cut and paste code. Read books on your computer or from any mobile device. Download up to five chapters...
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    Sample chapters: Software Change Management

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    Today we’d like to share a sampler from the recently published Software Change Management: Case Studies and Practical Advice , by Donald J. Reifer . The sampler (2.97 MB) contains two complete chapters—Chapter 6, “Industrial Case: Utility Moving to the Clouds,” and Chapter 9, “Government Case: Introducing New Technology”—and a Table of Contents for the complete 12-chapter book. You can download the sampler here . Donald is one of the leading figures in the field of systems/software engineering and management, with over 40 years of progressive experience. He has built businesses, steered troubled projects, and served in executive positions in industry and government. He specializes in the area of metrics and measurement. Enjoy!
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    Free Jump Start: May 15-16, 2012–What can you do about the "consumerization" of IT?

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    The culture of work is changing. People want the freedom to work anywhere—at home, in the office, on the road—and they want instant access to everything they would typically have at their office desk. They want to bring their own PCs, slates, and smartphones to work. Not to mention, everyone's more connected than ever with use of social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) at work and for work as well as work-related collaboration using cloud applications like web mail, cloud storage, and web apps. It’s time to give people the freedom to get things done their way. In return, you’ll unleash passion and productivity like never before. REGISTER NOW: http://aka.ms/ConsumerIT Course: “ Embracing the Consumerization of IT Jump Start ” Date/Time: May 15-16, 2012 from 8:00am – 12:00pm...
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    From the MVPs: Giving back to the technical community

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    Here’s the 8th post in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized technology champions around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their deep knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology . Of more than 100 million users who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. This post is by Eric Boyd , who became a Windows Azure MVP in April 2012. Thanks, Eric! Starting at an early age, I became very entrepreneurial and also quite intrigued by technology. I grew up in a hardworking, blue-collar family. My brother and I were loved very much, our mother worked very hard to provide opportunities...
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    Quick news: 100,000 thank-yous

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    Just a quick note to say that our post sharing the free Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 ebook has had, as of last night, 100,000 views. This is pretty rare for us. It’s the eighth post out of our 970-odd posts to reach that milestone. (Sort our posts by “Most Views” on our front page, and you’ll see the rest.) And to reach the milestone in less than six weeks is exciting; it means we provided something you very much appreciate. We’ll try to keep that up. Thanks for your interest, everybody.
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    Robert Reynolds of STC interviews Karen Szall, editor of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out

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    Reprinted with permission from the Puget Sound Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) ( http://www.stc-psc.org/ ). Originally published in the Feb/March 2012 issue of the newsletter Sound Views . Delivering More than Another How-To Interview with the editor of Best of Show, Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out by Robert Reynolds For this issue, I interviewed Karen Szall, who was the developmental editor for one of the Best of Show entries: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out. Karen Szall is a publishing professional at Microsoft. She has several years of experience writing, editing, and managing content projects for retail companies, big banks, and most recently, the tech giants IBM and Microsoft. Initial phase: How did you define your audience for this work...
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