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    New book: Microsoft Visual C# 2013 Step by Step

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    We’re happy to announce the publication of Microsoft Visual C# 2013 Step by Step (ISBN: 9780735681835), by John Sharp! Purchase from these online retailers: The Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Your hands-on guide to Visual C# fundamentals Expand your expertise—and teach yourself the fundamentals of Microsoft Visual C# 2013. If you have previous programming experience but are new to Visual C# 2013, this tutorial delivers the step-by-step guidance and coding exercises you need to master core topics and techniques. Discover how to: • Create and debug C# applications in Visual Studio 2013 • Work with variables, identifiers, statements, operators, and methods • Create interfaces...
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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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    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: Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition

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    A second Preview Edition has been released for this ebook; links to this edition are no longer accessible. Updated files are located here . Greetings! To help celebrate the Xamarin Evolve conference, we’re happy to release a free ebook today: Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition : Cross-platform C# programming for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone , by Charles Petzold. This ebook was created jointly by Xamarin and Microsoft Press. This Preview Edition ebook is about writing applications for Xamarin.Forms, the new mobile development platform for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone unveiled by Xamarin in May 2014. Xamarin.Forms lets you write shared user-interface code in C# and XAML (the eXtensible Application Markup Language) that maps to native controls on these three...
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    Free ebook: Microsoft Azure Essentials Fundamentals of Azure

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    We’re happy to announce the release of our newest free ebook, Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure (ISBN 9780735697225), by Michael S. Collier and Robin E. Shahan. This is the first ebook in Microsoft Press’s free Microsoft Azure Essentials series. Future ebooks will cover specific Azure topics, such as Azure Machine Learning, Azure Automation, and others. Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy . Below you’ll find the ebook’s Foreword, by Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of the Cloud and Enterprise group at Microsoft, as well as its full Introduction. Enjoy! Foreword I’m thrilled to be able to share these Microsoft Azure Essentials ebooks with you. The power that Microsoft Azure gives you is thrilling but not unheard of from Microsoft...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (second DRAFT preview)

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    UPDATE: The final version of this ebook is available here . The version linked to below is out of date. Everybody interested in learning about what’s new in SQL Server 2012, today’s a good day because we’re releasing our second DRAFT preview of Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 , by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner. (Please remember that “draft” means we haven’t completed our editorial/production work on the content.) This version updates the two chapters that appeared in our first DRAFT preview release and adds four more chapters. It contains the boldfaced chapters below: PART I DATABASE ADMINISTRATION (Ross’s part) 1. Denali Editions and Enhancements 2. High Availability and Disaster Recovery Enhancements 3. Scalability and Performance...
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    Free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft

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    We’re thrilled to offer another free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft , by Katherine Murray. The ebook contains eight chapters and an appendix describing how you can assess and build your technology-based job skills. To give you a sense of the ebook’s content, here is its Foreword, by Microsoft Learning’s Lutz Ziob: Foreword In the midst of a struggling economy, our fast-changing, knowledge-based economy has created unprecedented challenges for employers and workers alike. Employers increasingly need workers with a broad range of information technology (IT) skills. These skills will become even more important as we continue to retool major sectors of our economy, such as healthcare, transportation and energy. By 2014, more than three...
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    Get the practice files for your Office 2010 Step by Step book

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    Hello. Today we’d like to share the links to the practice files for our various Office 2010 Step by Step books in one handy place: Microsoft Access 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=192153 USE THIS AFTER MAY 1, 2014: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/store/microsoft-access-2010-step-by-step-9780735626928 Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=191751 USE THIS AFTER MAY 1, 2014: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/store/microsoft-excel-2010-step-by-step-9780735626942 Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=192152 USE THIS AFTER MAY 1, 2014: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/store/microsoft-office-home-and-student-2010-step-by-step-9780735627215 Microsoft Office Professional 2010...
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    New book: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-448): Microsoft SQL Server 2008—Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

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    We’re seeing a tremendous demand for Business Intelligence books. We’re proud to add to our Microsoft Press portfolio of BI titles with "MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-448): Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008—Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance."...
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    New book: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-433): Microsoft SQL Server 2008—Database Development

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    If you’re planning to get certified as a SQL Server 2008 database developer, the arrival of the new "MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-433): Microsoft SQL Server 2008—Database Development" book is welcome news. ...
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    Microsoft Press announcement

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    Microsoft Press has recently decided to take back all English language editorial and publishing functions for the business. O’Reilly Media will no longer be producing titles on behalf of Microsoft Press. However, they remain our marketing, sales and distribution partner. If you are a Microsoft Press customer You will still be able to purchase books on oreilly.com as well as through all online bookstores and brick and mortar stores where you normally purchase Microsoft Press books. If you are a Microsoft Press author You will hear from your editor about the completion of your book. In some cases, your book will be completed by staff from Microsoft in Redmond. If you have special concerns, please contact your editor or contact the Microsoft Press team here .
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    Quick news: Microsoft Press is now distributed by Pearson

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    As many of you saw in the post from a couple of weeks ago, Pearson is now the worldwide distributor of Microsoft Press books. As always, you can  purchase our books from any retailer, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  What’s new is that you can also purchase them directly from InformIT.com, Pearson’s site. Later this month we’ll be unveiling our new Microsoft Press Store online. Stay tuned. I’ll also include an FAQ then to communicate the changes and answer some of the concerns that many of you expressed in your comments a couple of weeks ago. We appreciate your feedback.
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    Two free e-books available in April

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    To celebrate our 25th year, we’ve been offering free e-books to our readers, and I’m happy to announce that April’s e-books are now available....
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    New book: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services Step by Step

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    In "Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services Step by Step," Scott Cameron writes, “Business intelligence should help you make better decisions faster.” And that’s just what Scott and his colleagues at Hitachi Consulting show you, whether you’re a BI developer, administrator, or business manager....
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    New formats for free Microsoft Press eBooks

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    From time to time Microsoft Press has been pleased to offer free downloadable eBooks available as either PDF or XPS files. We are now very happy to announce that five of these same eBooks can be downloaded in two additional formats, DRM-free EPUB and MOBI. These new formats enable you to read these eBooks on ereaders such as Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Sony Reader and Kobo eReader, as well as on iOS devices such as the iPad. Of course these files can also be read with ereading apps for the various devices (and other reading applications like Adobe Digital Editions) on netbooks, laptops, and desktop PCs. The key difference between these formats and the previously-offered PDF and XPS files is that the text is “reflowable,” meaning that it recomposes depending...
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    Book update/Page corrections: “MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows 7”

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    Greetings. Although we strive for perfect books (yes, elusive perfection!), we know we make mistakes. And if you follow this blog, you know we take customer feedback very seriously, always requesting it, regularly reviewing it, and acting on it almost weekly in terms of discussions we have and decisions we make about titles we’re creating. We’ve heard from many of you about errata for MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows 7 . (Click the View/Submit Errata link on the book’s catalog page and you’ll find the errata.) Today we’d like to offer you an 85-page PDF (4.38 MB) containing updated book pages for all the errata we gathered as of February 11, 2011. In other words, any book page requiring a change has been changed and those pages have...
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    Windows Phone 8 Development Internals (Preview 1) available now

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    To celebrate Windows Phone 8 and //build/ , Microsoft Press is making Windows Phone 8 Development Internals available in two preview digital editions—plus the final ebook, when ready—at special promotional pricing. Purchase between October 30 and November 5, 2012, and your cost is just $10 for the two preview editions and the final ebook! (This is similar to our approach with Charles Petzold’s Programming Windows, Sixth Edition .) You can make your purchase through The Microsoft Press Store: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/store/windows-phone-8-development-internals-9780735676237 . See the “Pricing and Publication Schedule” table there (or below) for pricing and dates. About the Book Written by two members of the Windows Phone 8 team—Andrew Whitechapel...
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