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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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    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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    RTM’d today: Programming Windows, Sixth Edition

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    Hello, programmers! We’re happy to announce that Charles Petzold’s newest update to his classic book, Programming Windows , has shipped to the printer! The book contains 1136 pages—we were simply silly to originally estimate the book’s length at 800 pages—and its ISBN is 9780735671768. You can preorder the book here , here , here , or here . You can also download a PDF with two complete chapters and the full Table of Contents here . [NOTE: OK, the sample-chapters PDF has been fixed; please download it again.] Programming Windows, Sixth Edition focuses on creating Windows 8 apps accessing the Windows Runtime with XAML and C#. (The book also provides C++ code samples.) The Sixth Edition includes 19 chapters in two parts: PART I ELEMENTALS CHAPTER 1 Markup...
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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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    Free ebook: System Center: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks

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    We’re very excited to announce a free ebook offering from Microsoft Press: Microsoft System Center: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks (ISBN 9780735682986) by David Ziembicki, Aaron Cushner, Andreas Rynes and the System Center series editor, Mitch Tulloch. This is the first in a series of unique (and free) ebooks that 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. Taken from the book’s Introduction, here is how the authors describe the content of this particular title. Introduction Welcome to Microsoft System Center: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks . We believe that orchestration and automation are becoming increasingly important in IT organizations...
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    Free Jump Start course: Upgrading Skills to Windows Server 2012 (Prepare for Exam 70-417)

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    Leveraging the popular “Jump Start” virtual classroom approach, Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and TrainSignal Microsoft Certified Trainer Ed Liberman will walk you through new features and functionality in Windows Server 2012. Topics and technologies covered will include Dynamic Access Control (DAC), Failover Clustering, Microsoft Online Backup and storage, Active Directory, Hyper-V and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), and high availability. This course is NOT a “product upgrade” course covering considerations for migrating and upgrading your specific environment; but, it is exam preparation material and maps directly to Exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 . Date/Time: October 23-24, 2012 (2 days)  • Day 1: 9:00am – 4:00pm PST ...
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    RTM’d today: Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 1

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    The wait is almost over. We’re thrilled to announce that Windows Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 1 (ISBN 9780735648739; 752 pages) shipped to the printer today! Written by some of the most knowledgeable experts in the internals field—Mark Russinovich, David Solomon, and Alex Ionescu—the latest edition of this highly-anticipated book will be delivered to stores in the next couple of weeks. It covers the kernel changes made in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. In addition, the hands-on experiments that appear throughout the book have been updated to reflect the evolution of the tools. You can order your own copy here as well as here . The sixth edition is being released in two parts: Part 1, this month; Part 2, this fall. The reason for the split? We wanted to get this book in readers’ hands...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server Code Name “Denali” (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. Greetings! We’re happy to announce that we’re in the process of creating a free ebook similar to Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (which we released in 2010). Its title is currently Introducing Microsoft SQL Server Code Name “Denali,” and it will describe many of the new features and capabilities of the next version of SQL Server. This ebook, like that earlier one, is being authored by the fantastic team of Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner . And today, to help celebrate PASS Summit 2011 , please enjoy a DRAFT Preview excerpt containing two chapters: Chapter 2, “High Availability and Disaster Recovery Enhancements,” written by Ross, and Chapter...
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