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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 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 and Code 3 CHAPTER 2 XAML Syntax 31 CHAPTER 3 Basic Event...
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    New book: Microsoft Project 2013 Step by Step

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    Great news! Microsoft Project 2013 Step by Step , by Carl Chatfield and Timothy Johnson is now available for purchase. Experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to manage the complete project life cycle with Project 2013. With Step by Step, you set the pace—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! Work with Project 2013 on your PC or touch-enabled device Build and fine-tune your project plan Schedule tasks and milestones, and assign resources Track progress and costs, and manage variances Troubleshoot delays and budget overruns Customize Gantt chart views, tables, and calendars Learn project-management best practices Here are some options for purchasing this book: From Amazon click here From...
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    New book: Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2 (9780735684331), by Mitch Tulloch. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Description Fully updated for Windows Server 2012 R2! Designed to help enterprise administrators develop real-world, job-role-specific skills - this Training Guide focuses on deploying and managing core infrastructure services in Windows Server 2012 R2. Build hands-on expertise through a series of lessons, exercises, and suggested practices - and help maximize your performance on the job. This Microsoft Training Guide : · Provides in-depth, hands-on training you take at your own pace · Focuses on job-role-specific expertise...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight

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    Greetings! We’re thrilled to share another new free ebook with you: Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight , by Avkash Chauhan, Valentine Fontama, Michele Hart, Wee Hyong Tok, and Buck Woody. Here are the download links (and below the links you’ll find an ebook excerpt that describes this offering): Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) as well as link to the companion content hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy . Introduction (excerpt) Microsoft Azure HDInsight is Microsoft’s 100 percent compliant distribution of Apache Hadoop on Microsoft Azure. This means that standard Hadoop concepts and technologies apply, so learning the Hadoop stack helps you learn the HDInsight service. At the time of this writing, HDInsight (version 3.0) uses Hadoop version 2.2 and...
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    From the MVPs: Understanding the Windows Server Failover Cluster Quorum in Windows Server 2012 R2

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    This is the 40th 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 Cluster MVP David Bermingham . Thanks, David! Understanding the Windows Server Failover Cluster Quorum in Windows Server...
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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, Part 1, 6th Edition (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...
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    Issues with “Programming Windows Phone 7” ebook

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    Hey everybody, we see the comments from some of you about presentation issues with the ebook. We’ve determined that the PDF is missing a required embedded font. This is leading to odd (or worse) presentation for some of you, including bitmapped text. We’re working with the vendor to create a new file. I’ll let you know when the new file has replaced the old one in the Microsoft Download Center. We apologize for this; degraded performance is never our goal. Also, I’ve had one report that some sample code folder path names are too long when you’re unzipping the sample code. (Windows limits a single path to 260 characters.) So you might want to shorten the path name for the code when you’re unzipping it, shortening “Microsoft_Press_ebook_Programming_Windows_Phone_7_Sample_Code”...
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    New formats for our free Microsoft Office 365 ebook

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    In the first chapter of Microsoft Office 365: Connect and collaborate virually anywhere, anytime, Katherine Murray notes that "One of the big features of Office 365 is the software's ability to work with whatever device you're using at the moment — your desktop PC or Mac, laptop or netbook, Android phone, iPhone, Windows Phone, Nokia, or Blackberry." In the spirit of that open access to the power and functionality of Office 365, we are now offering this free ebook in two additional formats: .epub Click here to get the file you can read on PCs, as well as on popular ereaders like the Barnes and Noble Nooks, the Sony Readers, and Kobo Readers. .mobi Click here to get the file you can read on PCs, as well as on the Amazon Kindles. These are DRM-free versions of the ebook. Load ...
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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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    RTM’d today: Windows Internals, Fifth Edition

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    "Windows Internals, Fifth Edition," by Mark Russinovich and David Solomon, with Alex Ionescu, shipped to the printer today. To thank the large cast of characters who have supported the book over the years and who contributed to the book this time, we share the current edition’s “Acknowledgements.” ...
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    “MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-562): Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 - ASP.NET Application Development” RTM’d today

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    This 2-in-1 SELF-PACED TRAINING KIT features official exam prep and practice for Exam 70-562, and it shipped to the printer today. ...
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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008

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    This has been available for a while, but it’s been a long time since we’ve mentioned it. You can download the ebook in XPS format here and in PDF format here . The book is by Peter DeBetta, Greg Low, and Mark Whitehorn. The book includes the following chapters: Chapter 1:   Security and Administration Chapter 2:   Performance Chapter 3:   Type System Chapter 4:   Programmability Chapter 5:   Storage Chapter 6:   Enhancements for High Availability Chapter 7:   Business Intelligence Enhancements Enjoy!  (And, by the way, the option to browse Chapter 1 on its own wasn’t working for me this morning, so don’t be surprised if that’s the case for you too.)
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    William Stanek: Fun with Windows Media Player 12 and Windows 7

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    "Have you tried Windows Media Player 12 yet? If you haven’t, I think you should!"...
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