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    Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (Second Preview)

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    We’re happy to release the Second Preview of our free ebook Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript , by Kraig Brockschmidt , today. Here’s a description of the ebook from Kraig: Kraig here. Hello again! Now that the RTM build of Windows 8 is out and available to developers, along with upgraded tools, I’m delighted to offer the next preview release of my book, Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript . Since the first release in June, we’ve added eight more chapters, bringing the total to 12 out of a planned 17. The new chapters cover collection controls (everything you wanted to know about ListView!), layout (especially view states), commanding UI (app bars, message dialogs, and their friends), the all-important topic of managing...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012

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    UPDATE – there is a new version of this free ebook that is based on the RTM version of the software. Please find the new announcement here with links to the new edition . I’m excited to announce the most recent free ebook offered by Microsoft Press. Introducing Windows Server 2012 , by Mitch Tulloch, is now ready for free download! Please see the links below to download one or all of the available formats. FORMAT LINK PDF Introducing Windows Server 2012 PDF ebook EPUB Introducing Windows Server 2012 EPUB ebook MOBI Introducing Windows Server 2012 MOBI ebook Introducing Windows Server 2012 is 256 pages and includes 5 chapters loaded with insider information from...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition

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    We’re happy to announce the release of our newest free ebook, Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition (ISBN 9780735696969), by Ed Bott. Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) at the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Below you’ll find a few helpful sections from the Introduction. Enjoy! July 15, 2015 update: You can now get this eBook with interactive features by downloading the free Microsoft Press Guided Tours app from the Windows Store. Introduction I’ve written about Microsoft Windows for nearly a quarter-century, and in all that time I have never worked on a project like this one. Then again, I’ve never seen anything quite like Windows 10 from Microsoft, either. This book is a preview, a work in progress about a work in progress...
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    Quick news: Microsoft Press will launch new site with Pearson on April 1

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    We're excited to announce that Microsoft Press will be distributed by Pearson starting April 1! Check back for a link to our brand new website and special offers. You'll still enjoy DRM-free ebooks and great service! Our books will continue to be sold by retailers around the world. We’ll unveil our new website to all of you when it’s ready. You will also be able to purchase Microsoft Press books through Informit.com .
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    Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series (DRAFT Preview)

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    Do you recognize this man? That’s Charles Petzold ! Looking stylish with the cover of his free ebook on his tee shirt. It’s a draft preview of his upcoming book (to be published in the fall): Programming Windows Phone 7 Series . This preview ebook contains six chapters in three parts (153 pages total): Part I Getting Started Chapter 1 Phone Hardware + Your Software Chapter 2 Hello, Windows Phone Part II Silverlight Chapter 3 Code and XAML Chapter 4 Presentation and Layout Part III XNA Chapter 5 Principles of Movement Chapter 6 Textures and Sprites Here’s a quick excerpt from the ebook: Chapter 1 Phone Hardware + Your Software Sometimes it becomes apparent that previous approaches to a problem haven’t quite worked the way you anticipated. Perhaps...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

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    Another free ebook, Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2, by Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker with the Windows Server Team at Microsoft, can be downloaded here. ...
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    Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (First Preview)

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    Hello! To help celebrate the Windows 8 Release Preview and the Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate , we’re happy to release a preview edition of Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript , by Kraig Brockschmidt (who, some of you might remember, many years ago worked with us on a couple editions of Inside OLE ). THE FINAL EBOOK IS AVAILABLE HERE: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2012/10/29/free-ebook-programming-windows-8-apps-with-html-css-and-javascript.aspx The links for the First Preview follow: Download a PDF of the ebook here (4.34 MB). Download the ebook’s sample code here (27.5 MB). (We’ll release EPUB and MOBI versions of the final ebook.) This first preview contains the first four chapters of what we think will be...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services Step by Step

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    Today the final files for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services Step by Step, by Scott Cameron (Microsoft Press, 2009; ISBN: 9780735626201), were shipped to the printer....
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    Free ebook: Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure

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    Greetings! We’re happy to release a free ebook today: Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure: Best practices for DevOps, data storage, high availability, and more , by Scott Guthrie, Mark Simms, Tom Dykstra, Rick Anderson, and Mike Wasson. You can download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) at the Microsoft Virtual Academy . This ebook walks you through a patterns-based approach to building real-world cloud solutions. The patterns apply to the development process as well as to architecture and coding practices. The content is based on a presentation developed by Scott Guthrie and delivered by him at the Norwegian Developers Conference (NDC) in June of 2013 (part 1, part 2), and at Microsoft Tech Ed Australia in September 2013 (part 1, part 2). Many others updated and augmented...
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    Free ebook: Deploying Windows 7, Essential Guidance

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    Microsoft Press and Microsoft TechNet Magazine have teamed up to create a free e-book: Deploying Windows 7, Essential Guidance from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and TechNet Magazine....
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    New book: Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Step by Step

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    John Sharp’s new book, Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Step by Step , is now available! You can order it here or here , as well as many other places. Here are a couple of excerpts from the book. Enjoy! Introduction (excerpt) Microsoft Visual C# is a powerful but simple language aimed primarily at developers creating applications by using the Microsoft .NET Framework. It inherits many of the best features of C++ and Microsoft Visual Basic, but few of the inconsistencies and anachronisms, resulting in a cleaner and more logical language. C# 1.0 made its public debut in 2001. The advent of C# 2.0 with Visual Studio 2005 saw several important new features added to the language, including Generics, Iterators, and anonymous methods. C# 3.0 which was released with Visual Studio 2008, added...
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    Mark your calendars: Programming Windows, Sixth Edition is coming

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    Special Offer to Celebrate Programming Windows, Sixth Edition Reimagined for full-screen and touch-optimized apps, Windows 8 provides a platform for reaching new users in new ways. In response, programming legend Charles Petzold is rewriting his classic Programming Windows —one of the most popular programming books of all time—to show developers how to use existing skills and tools to build Windows 8 apps. (See the book’s “Description” tab.) To celebrate, Microsoft Press will release three versions of the eBook for Programming Windows, Sixth Edition , including two pre-release editions that provide crucial access to early content. Based on when you purchase (see table below), you will receive the most recently published version of the eBook—plus any...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Preview Edition)

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    Update: Nov 13, 2012 The final version is now available! See our announcement here : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2012/11/13/free-ebook-introducing-windows-8-an-overview-for-it-professionals-final-edition.aspx The Windows 8 operating system is the newest member of the Microsoft Windows family. It differs from earlier Windows releases as much for what it does not change as for what it does change. That is, the features that IT pros loved about Windows 7 are still there in Windows 8—just better. The same keyboard shortcuts, management tools, security features, and deployment options are available in Windows 8. But in many cases, Windows 8 improves them in intuitive and significant ways. Some examples are the ribbon in File Explorer and faster disk encryption when...
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    Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition)

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    Here it is! Mitch Tulloch has updated his free ebook of last year; it’s now updated for Windows Server 2008 R2. You can now download Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions, From the Desktop to the Datacenter in XPS format here and in PDF format here . Six chapters adding up to 466 pages. Here are Mitch’s acknowledgments: Acknowledgments This book would not have been possible without the support and assistance of numerous individuals. First, I would like to especially thank Michael Cooper, Senior Product Manager and Field Technical Community Lead for System Center and Virtualization Business Group; Aurora Santiago, Product Manager for System Center and Virtualization Technical Readiness; and Kenon Owens, Technical Product Marketing Manager for Integrated Virtualization, all of whom...
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    New book: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 MDX Step by Step

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    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 MDX Step by Step, by Bryan C. Smith and C. Ryan Clay, both of Hitachi Consulting, shipped to the printer in January and is available now (Microsoft Press, 2009; ISBN: 9780735626188; 400 pages)....
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    Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals

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    Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) as well as link to the companion content hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re happy to announce that Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals by Ed Bott is ready for download. Introduction It’s difficult to believe that Windows 8 was introduced only a year ago, and yet today its successor, Windows 8.1, is ready for widespread adoption. By Microsoft’s standards, that is warp speed. And it is a tribute to the developers who designed and built Windows 8 and 8.1 that they have been able to sustain that pace and deliver such a polished product. The Windows 8 product line represents a radical departure for Microsoft. A new user experience. A new app platform. New security features and new management tools. If you’re an IT pro, you have the daunting...
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    Free ebook: Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Second Edition (second preview)

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    Added April 10, 2014 – The second edition has been finalized and published. See the new blog post here. Microsoft Press is pleased to offer the second preview of Kraig Brockschmidt’s in-depth ebook on writing Windows Store apps using HTML, CSS3, and JavaScript within the Windows 8.1 platform. Here are the download links: Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Second Edition (second preview ) [16.4 MB PDF; 12 chapters & 3 appendices; 750 pages] Companion content for the Second Edition (second edition) [132 MB ZIP; code samples, plus 20 videos] Kraig’s Introduction, which appears below, describes this ebook’s chapters and appendices. intended audiences, and accompanying samples and other companion content. We’ll be publishing the final ebook (with 20 chapters &...
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