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    Free ebook: Windows 7 troubleshooting tips

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    Mitch Tulloch, lead author of the Windows 7 Resource Kit, has created a short e-book called “What You Can Do Before You Call Tech Support.” ...
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    Free ebook: Microsoft System Center: Configuration Manager Field Experience

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    We’re very excited to announce another free ebook offering in our System Center series from Microsoft Press: These unique (and free) ebooks bring System Center experts together to discuss designing, deploying, and troubleshooting some of the most complex and mission critical aspects of key System Center capabilities. The second title in this series, Microsoft System Center: Configuration Manager Field Experience (ISBN 9780735683044) by Rushi Faldu, Manish Raval, Brandon Linton, Kaushal Pandey and the System Center series editor Mitch Tulloch, is now available. DOWNLOADS Download the PDF here Download the companion content here Download the Mobi file for Kindle here Download the ePub file here Taken from the...
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    Free ebook: .NET Technology Guide for Business Applications

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    To help celebrate the Visual Studio 2013 Virtual Launch , we’re happy to share another free ebook: .NET Technology Guide for Business Applications , by Cesar de la Torre and David Carmona! Download the ebook at the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Here’s a little bit about the guide: 1. Key takeaways Select your architecture approaches and development technology based on your specific application’s priorities and requirements. A single architecture and approach won’t work for every type of application. The Microsoft development stack and .NET are extremely flexible and offer many possibilities, but it’s essential that you choose specific approaches and technologies based on the kind of application—or even subsystem—you build. Each application...
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    Microsoft Press E-Reference Library

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    A blog post introducing the Microsoft Press E-Reference Library, live now!...
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    Two free e-books available in May

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    Our celebration of 25 years of publishing by Microsoft Press continues this month with two more free e-books available for the next week! These offers expire on May 27, 2009, so download the e-books today....
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    Where’s my Training Kit for Windows?

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    There’s been a lot of talk about the changes to the Microsoft certification tracks for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 on the Born to Learn blog . There are changes afoot with the Microsoft Press portfolio of certification books as well. In order to get you more information earlier in the exam release cycle, we’re discontinuing Training Kits and transforming them into two distinct series: Exam Refs and Training Guides. We plan to produce Exam Refs for the majority of Microsoft certification exams. Training Guides focus on job-role-specific expertise—the skills that Microsoft certification helps to keep relevant, applicable, and competitive—and they are the perfect add-on resource for less experienced professionals. We plan to produce them for the more fundamental job...
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    Request for feedback: Excerpts or complete posts?

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    Gang, about a month ago we switched a setting on this blog so that only excerpts of our posts appear on the blog’s home page. To see a complete post, you need to click through to that post via the post’s title. We made this change because some of our posts are quite long and we were concerned that having complete posts on the home page forces you to do a lot of scrolling just to see the various posts you might want to read. We’d love your feedback on this. Tell us in a comment whether you like excerpted or complete posts on the home page. Thanks very much!
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    Free ebook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (DRAFT Preview)

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    NEW: The complete and final version of this ebook is now available here . We’re pleased to announce another free offering (following Charles Petzold’s Programming Windows Phone 7 Series (DRAFT Preview) , which we released on March 15): Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (DRAFT Preview) . This DRAFT Preview contains three chapters from what will be a ten-chapter ebook when it’s released this summer. The three chapters make up Part II, “Moving from Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 to Visual Studio 2010.” You can download the DRAFT Preview of this ebook in XPS or PDF format here . Here’s some of the Introduction (<snip> marks a deletion, to shorten this post), which explains the book’s approach: Introduction Every time we get...
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    RTM’d today: Windows 7 Resource Kit

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    We’re happy to announce that Windows 7 Resource Kit (Microsoft Press, 2010; ISBN: 9780735627000; 1,760 pages), by Mitch Tulloch, Tony Northup, and Jerry Honeycutt, shipped to the printer today!...
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    Announcing New Exam Drills for Windows Phone 7

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    We’re happy to announce new apps for the Windows Phone 7 for exam preparation. We’ve launched five apps in the marketplace and are planning more. We took a subset of questions from our Self-Paced Training Kits and created mobile apps with Silverlight. Here’s what’s available with links to each app. Exam Drill Corresponding Self-Paced Training Kit MCITP DRILL 70-685 MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-685): Windows® 7 Enterprise Desktop Support Technician MCITP DRILL 70-686 MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-686): Windows® 7 Enterprise Desktop Administrator MCTS DRILL 70-640 MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-640): Configuring Windows Server® 2008 Active Directory MCTS DRILL 70-662 MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-662): Configuring Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 MCTS DRILL 70...
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    Second Editions of Training Kits–coming soon

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    We’ve received many inquiries about the second editions of the Windows Server 2008 Training Kits that cover R2. We have a couple of these titles published already and the rest will be coming out this summer. See our table below to find out the publication date of the title you want. Title Link to purchase at Amazon Estimated Publication Date MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-640): Configuring Windows Server® 2008 Active Directory® (2nd Edition) http://www.amazon.com/MCTS-Self-Paced-Training-Exam-70-640/dp/0735651930/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1308854158&sr=1-7 July 2011 MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-642): Configuring Windows Server® 2008 Network Infrastructure (2nd Edition) http://www.amazon.com/MCTS-Self-Paced-Training-Exam-70-642/dp/0735651604/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie...
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    Author news: What would YOU like to see presented at //build this year?

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    Hello, Kraig Brockschmidt here. I’ve been busily working on wrapping up the second edition of Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, JavaScript , the second preview of which we made available last fall . It’s been a joy to explore and share with you all the new features of Windows 8.1! Let me also say a big “thank you” to all of you for making this one of the most successful books that Microsoft Press has released recently. I’ve enjoyed seeing all the download numbers, and also seeing it keep a top-ranked spot in Amazon’s free eBooks for Kindle. As many of you know already, I’ve been continuing to post new content and insights on my blog, http://www.kraigbrockschmidt.com/blog , including material from the second edition book. Some examples include Custom Layouts in the WinJS Listview...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014

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    Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re pleased to announce our next free ebook – Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 – by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner. Introduction Microsoft SQL Server 2014 is the next generation of Microsoft’s information platform, with new features that deliver faster performance, expand capabilities in the cloud, and provide powerful business insights. In this book, we explain how SQL Server 2014 incorporates in-memory technology to boost performance in online transactional processing (OLTP) and data-warehouse solutions. We also describe how it eases the transition from on-premises solutions to the cloud with added support for hybrid environments. SQL Server 2014 continues to include components that support analysis, although...
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    From the MVPs: Data Loss Prevention with Office 365 and Exchange Online

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    This is the 27th in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). You can click the “MVPs” tag in the right column of our blog to see all the articles. Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized technology champions around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology. Of the millions of individuals who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs. You can read more original MVP-authored content on the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog . This post is by Sean McNeill , an Office365 MVP. Thanks much, Sean! Background Corporate Data Loss has become a major issue for almost...
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    All Sayed all the time (and MSBuild)

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    Sayed insists he's been on vacation for five weeks, but we don't believe him.

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    Download ten free Windows 7 chapters

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    Three more chapters added to the Microsoft Learning Windows 7 portal....
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    What XAML Information Do You Need?

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    Request from Microsoft Press editor, Russell Jones The last full book on XAML is now several years old. In the meantime, XAML has been expanded and modified in .NET 4. Moreover, the tools for creating XAML, primarily Expression Blend and the Visual Studio XAML editor, have considerably reduced--in some cases, eliminated--the need to write XAML by hand. Nonetheless, these editors don't do everything that a developer needs to do with XAML, nor can they help you create XAML programmatically. So, what do you do with XAML on a daily or intermittent basis? Are the automated editors such as Blend sufficient for your needs, or do you often write, modify, or create XAML manually or programmatically? For those of you who do work with XAML all the time, would you prefer to have a comprehensive "developer...
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