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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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    Urgent message to our readers regarding companion content

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    Friends, remember last week we described how we review Amazon reviews every week as a team to hear from you? This week we’ve discovered, thanks to your feedback, that the URLs listed in our recent books can be confusing. This post explains what’s going on. Let’s look at an example from a recent title, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Step by Step . In the “Using the Practice Files” section at the front of the book, we say that the book’s practice files can be downloaded via the following URL: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=192149 This link works, but here’s the rub: the font used in the book makes the capital I (the letter between H and J) in Id look like a lowercase l (the letter between k and m). If you type l for I there, the link does not work...
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    Ready for Pre-Order: Windows Server 2008 R2 Training Kit Packs

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    MCITP Windows Server 2008 Server Administrator: Training Kit 3-Pack: Exams 70-640, 70-642, 70-646 Prep in-depth for the MCITP: Windows Server 2008 Server Administrator certification exams 70-640, 70-642, and 70-646 -- and build real-world skills. Get three study guides, 900+ practice questions, review, case scenarios, and exam discount - all in one box. Your all-in-one kit includes: Official self-paced study guides for the three required exams 850+ practice and review questions Practice tests with multiple, customizable testing options and a learning plan based on your results Case scenarios, exercises, and best practices 15% exam discount from Microsoft; good for three exams. Offer expires 12/31/15. Fully searchable eBooks for all three study guides ...
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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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    Get online access to 600 Microsoft Press books for $22.99

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    We rarely feature our Microsoft Press eReference Library on the blog so I thought I might take a moment to explain to you this great resource. Get immediate, online access to a wealth of Microsoft Press books with a subscription to our eReference Library hosted by Safari Books Online, for as little as $22.99 for one month for the all-you-can-eat model (no long term contract). The content is served up on an easy-to-use interface and comes with some cool features (such as notes, highlighting, bookmarking), and time-saving tools that make it easy for you to organize information and personalize your experience so that you can reach your training goals. · Search and access more than 600 reference books from Microsoft Press, and read the full content online. · Quickly find...
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    New book: Training Kit (Exam 70-462): Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases

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    We’re pleased to announce that Training Kit (Exam 70-462): Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases (ISBN 9780735666078) is now available for purchase! Written by Orin Thomas, Peter Ward and boB Taylor, this training guide will help you gain the skills you need in these areas: •Install and configure SQL Server •Maintain instances and databases •Optimize and troubleshoot SQL Server •Manage data •Implement security •Implement high availability PURCHASE THIS BOOK You can purchase the book from O’Reilly Media, our official distributor, here . SEARCH THIS BOOK To see a detailed table of contents for this book and to search for topics within it, click on this link to the book in the Microsoft Press library at Safari...
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    Nostalgia: March 22, 1984 Microsoft Press introduces its first two books

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    We’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic around here lately. Twenty-nine years ago today, Microsoft Press introduced Cary Lu's The Apple Macintosh Book and Peter Norton's Exploring the IBM PC/Jr Home Computer at the 1984 West Coast Computer Faire. (for full Microsoft history, click here )   In 1984, I was a senior in high school and because my mother was a school teacher, we had an Apple IIe in our house. By the time I was in college, my grandmother gave me her Commodore 64 so that I could type and edit my 100+ page English literature thesis. When I graduated from college, I had to learn how to use Wang terminals at my first job. Eventually, we adopted IBM PCs in our office and my first computer book was a title about using dBASE III+.  In those early years, I never imagined that I would...
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    Announcing the new Microsoft Press Store and special discount

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    We are excited to announce the launch of MicrosoftPressStore.com ! Take advantage of our new store special and save 40% on all books and eBooks through May 11, 2014. This includes new and popular titles like: · Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out: Services, Security, & Infrastructure · High-Performance Windows Store Apps · Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2 · Windows 8.1 Step by Step · Training Kit (Exam 70-461): Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 · Code Complete, 2nd Edition The Microsoft Press Store also offers: · Free U.S. shipping every day · Buy an eBook, get three formats: Access PDF, EPUB and MOBI files to use on your computer, tablet, and mobile devices. · eBook deal of the week: Save up to 60% on featured titles. Be sure to sign up for Microsoft Press...
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    From the MVPs: Diagnostics and logging in Windows Azure Web Sites

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    This is the 37th 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 Windows Azure MVP Robin Shahan . Thanks, Robin! And don’t forget that it’s Windows Azure Week: a week of free...
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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 the PDF (6.37 MB; 130 pages) from http://aka.ms/IntroHDInsight/PDF Download the EPUB (8.46 MB) from http://aka.ms/IntroHDInsight/EPUB Download the MOBI (12.8 MB) from http://aka.ms/IntroHDInsight/MOBI Download the code samples (6.83 KB) from http://aka.ms/IntroHDInsight/CompContent Introduction (excerpt) Microsoft Azure HDInsight is Microsoft’s 100 percent compliant distribution of Apache Hadoop on Microsoft Azure. This means that standard Hadoop concepts...
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    A little bit of celebration today for our 30th!

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          Here’s what we’re celebrating.
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    Free ebook: Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office Users

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    Update : You can now download this free ebook in three formats from the Microsoft Download Center: PDF , . mobi , and ePub . We are very excited to announce that we are able to offer Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office 2010 Users (ISBN 9780735668836), by Mitch Tulloch, as a free ebook. You can download a free copy of the ebook from the Microsoft Download center, or purchase a print book for $9.99 here . See below for the table of contents and an excerpt from the Introduction. Take control—and put the built-in security and privacy features in Microsoft Office to work! Whether downloading documents, publishing a presentation, or collaborating online—this guide offers concise, how-to guidance and best practices to help protect your documents and your ideas. ...
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    Free Jump Start course: Develop Windows 8 Apps and prep for the exams 70-480 and 70-481

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    Microsoft Learning and Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) are teaming up again to provide an exciting new learning experience. This Jump Start is tailored for Application Developers looking to take the fast track to building apps for the new Windows 8 platform! If you've been asking questions like “how different is Windows 8 -- really?” or “why are developer communities reacting differently to this version of Windows?” then this new Microsoft Jump Start is for you. We’re excited to introduce you to Jeremy Foster and Michael Palermo , two seasoned Microsoft Technical Evangelists with real world experience developing applications using a wide array of platforms and languages. Jeremy and Michael will be leveraging the popular “Jump Start” virtual classroom approach to engaging, expert-led...
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    New book: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-515): Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

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      We’re excited to announce that MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-515): Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 , by Tony Northrup and Mike Snell (ISBN 9780735627406; 1008 pages) is now available for purchase!    Please enjoy an excerpt from the Introduction: Introduction (excerpt) This training kit is designed for developers who plan to take Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS) exam 70-515, as well as for developers who need to know how to develop applications by using the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 and Microsoft ASP.NET. We assume that before you begin using this kit, you have a working knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Visual Basic or Microsoft Visual C#. The topics in this training kit cover what you need to know for the exam as described...
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