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    Honor your geeky mom on Mother's Day & save

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    Just a quick post to let you know that you can get 40% off Microsoft Press books & 50% off Microsoft Press ebooks by using code MUMMS in our O’Reilly store. Here’s the complete list of our titles: http://oreilly.com/store/publisher/microsoftcomplete.html Luv ya, Mom!
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    Carl Chatfield: Which Bookend Are You?

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    I don't mention my day job at Microsoft much in this blog, but recently I found myself involved with some new project initiation work and simultaneously with the tail end of a new product launch.* I felt a bit like my favorite bookends: one pushing hard to get a project underway, the other pushing equally hard to get a project concluded more or less as planned. Here are the bookends in action, doing their job: If you are a project manager, do you spend more time and effort at the beginning or end of your projects? So Many Choices! The project initiation guy on the left, who I'll call LB, has a special focus: moving an idea from concept to the start of execution. Let's assume that LB is in an organization where the initiation of new projects is done by those with organizational authority to...
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    Author news: Ed Bott’s deep dive into Office 2010

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    Greetings. Ed Bott and Carl Siechert are busy writing Microsoft Office 2010 Inside Out (ISBN: 9780735626898; 24 chapters; ~1000 pages). We expect the book to be available in August 2010. In the meantime, to help illustrate why Ed and Carl’s book might be exactly what you’re looking for to illuminate Office 2010’s new features for you, we recommend that you read this blog post by Ed over at ZDNet: “Office 2010: a deeper dive.” Here’s a bit of the post’s opening: I’ve got a unique perspective on Office. I’ve written at least one book about every version of Office since 1994 (that’s eight releases and 10 books in 16 years, for those who are keeping score). I’ve also written countless magazine articles and blog posts, all of them based on extensive, hands-on experience with the individual...
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    Automating Microsoft PowerPoint

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    Using Windows PowerShell to automate Microsoft PowerPoint may at first seem like a strange combination. For one thing, the people who are most skilled at using Windows PowerShell are not the ones you think of as being heavy PowerPoint users. But PowerPoint is often used by ITPros because we are frequently called upon to make presentations. These presentations may be for training purposes, or reports to management, or a presentation to a client. Because Microsoft PowerPoint is so easy to use, with all of its built-in wizards and templates, you may wonder what advantages automation brings to the table. Indeed, until this past week I had done little with the Microsoft PowerPoint automation model—for the exact reasons mentioned above. It seemed to take too much time, and there were not that...
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    Excerpt from upcoming title: Microsoft Project 2010 Inside Out

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    Today we’d like to share an excerpt from one of our upcoming books: Microsoft Project 2010 Inside Out , by Teresa Stover. We’ll publish this book in Summer 2010. You can learn more about the book here: http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780735626874/ . In this excerpt, author Teresa Stover shares her insights about setting up resources in a project. Enjoy: Resources carry out the work of your project or model the expenditure of costs or consumption of materials. However, with your tasks defined and scheduled, why is it necessary to actually specify resources in your project plan? You could just print the schedule and tell people which tasks they’re responsible for: Here are your due dates; now go make them happen. This approach might seem like a simple way of managing a project, but if you do it this...
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    One week from today: Mark Russinovich virtual roundtable

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    Here’s another reminder about an upcoming event featuring Mark Russinovich, one of the authors of Windows Internals, Fifth Edition (Microsoft Press, 2009). Here’s its description: Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable The Last Mile: Pilot and Deploy Windows 7 Join Microsoft Technical Fellow, Mark Russinovich, on April 29 as he leads a discussion around the process of planning, testing, assessing and rolling out Windows 7 in an enterprise organization. Mark will be joined by a panel of IT professionals who are currently in the piloting and deployment process, along with Microsoft subject matter experts who can speak in depth about the technologies. The event will be broadcast live over the web at 9:00 am PDT, and will be available for on-demand viewing following the broadcast. The discussion...
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    Starting soon: Mark Russinovich virtual roundtable

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    Join Microsoft Technical Fellow, Mark Russinovich , in 30 minutes as he leads a discussion around the process of planning, testing, assessing and rolling out Windows 7 in an enterprise organization: Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable The Last Mile: Pilot and Deploy Windows 7 Mark will be joined by a panel of IT professionals who are currently in the piloting and deployment process, along with Microsoft subject matter experts who can speak in depth about the technologies. The event will be broadcast live over the web at 9:00 am PDT, and will be available for on-demand viewing following the broadcast. The discussion will be open and candid, with the panel sharing insights, dispelling myths and getting down to the real story around technical adoption of Windows technologies. Specific...
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    Author news: Interview with the author of Windows 7 Step by Step

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    Here’s a quick post pointing you to an interview with Joan Lambert (formerly Preppernau), one of the authors of Windows 7 Step by Step . The interview is here . It starts like this: When did you first decide you would make a career of writing and helping others with software? I’ve been contracting for Microsoft on and off since I was 17, and have always had a passion for technology. When I returned to the United States in 1997 after living for six years in New Zealand and working in non-technical fields, I joined my father’s company, which eventually became OTSI. I participated in the development of training materials for the original Microsoft Mastering Series, and was assigned to a product support position in which I ended up writing Help files, frequently teaching myself new technologies...
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    Ed Wilson: 2010 Scripting Games Kick-Off

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    Like a football team that sweats all summer preparing for opening day, so the Scripting Guys organize the 2010 Scripting Games . Just as a football team is more than just players on the field, so too the Scripting Guys involved nearly 100 people in bringing together the event. I wrote the events, but the commentaries on the games (solutions to the puzzles and the description of the solution) were written by people from the Microsoft Product Groups, Microsoft Premier Field Engineers and the scripting community such as Microsoft MVP’s, and others who are moderators for the Official Scripting Guys forum. Craig edited, and staged the events on the Hey Scripting Guy blog, but it is the judges who will actually grade the events. Our judges come from the Scripting Community (as well as a couple of...
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    Jeffrey Richter: On exception handling and state management

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    Jeffrey here. In the third edition of my CLR via C# book (Microsoft Press, 2010; 896 pages), I rewrote the “Exception Handling” chapter. In fact, I even changed the title of this chapter to “Exceptions and State Management” to reflect that a large part of having an exception-handling strategy is really all about handling errors while still ensuring that none of your application’s state is corrupt after the error occurs. This is very important, of course, because an application accessing corrupted state causes the amount of corrupted state to increase, resulting in bugs and security holes. So, a good approach to take in your application is to allow any unexpected exceptions to terminate your application. Windows automatically destroys all state used by a terminating application, and this is...
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    William Stanek: Windows 7 Inside Track: 64-bit and more consolidated info

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    William here. As readers have been writing in to ask me if I could make my earlier posts available in a more portable form, I’ve consolidated many of my Windows 7 posts into a PDF. Read it, print it, share it as you will! Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ll read my new books: SQL Server 2008 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, Second Edition and Exchange Server 2010 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant . William R. Stanek williamstanek at aol dot com Follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/WilliamStanek
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    Please bear with us as we get used to the new platform

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    The new blogging platform for MSDN & TechNet went live today, and we're still getting a handle on it. Back to our normal rhythm of daily posting soon!
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    William Stanek: Group Policy Preferences consolidated info

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    William here. Earlier this year and last year, I wrote quite a few posts for the Microsoft Press blog. Readers have been writing in to ask me if I could make those posts available in a more portable form. I thought about this for a while as I had wanted to use the materials in a book. In the meantime, however, I also thought: hey, why not give the materials away to readers too. So here is the first recap , consolidating my posts about Group Policy Preferences as a PDF. Read it, print it, share it as you will! Thanks for reading, and IU hope you’ll read my new books: SQL Server 2008 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, Second Edition and Exchange Server 2010 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant . William R. Stanek williamstanek at aol dot com Follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/WilliamStanek
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce the release of one of our newest Office 2010 books – Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step ! This book will be available for purchase in late June/early July. If you happen to have a subscription to Safari Books Online, you can start reading it as early as next week. Contents at a Glance 1 Setting Up a Workbook Creating Workbooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Modifying Workbooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . 7 Modifying Worksheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . 11 Customizing the Excel 2010 Program Window . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . 15 Zooming In on a Worksheet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . 16...
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    RTM’d today: Microsoft Word 2010 Step by Step

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    We’re pleased to announce the release of one of our newest Office 2010 books – Microsoft Word 2010 Step by Step ! This book will be available for purchase in late June/early July. If you happen to have a subscription to Safari Books Online, you can start reading it as early as next week. Contents at a Glance Part 1 Basic Word Documents 1 Explore Word 2010 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2 Edit and Proofread Text. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 3 Change the Look of Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 4 Organize Information in Columns and Tables . . . . 115 5 Add Simple Graphic Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 6 Preview, Print, and Distribute Documents. . . . . . . . 181 Part 2 Document Enhancements 7 Insert...
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    Carl Chatfield: Quality, the Project Triangle and "Fit for purpose"

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    Carl here. Recently I had the opportunity to share a model called the "triangle of triple-constraints" or more simply the "project triangle" with some bright people I know. This is a model familiar to many project managers, and I have found it's a useful framing tool when discussing that elusive notion of "quality." Triangulating on an idea I wrote an appendix called "A Short Course in Project Management" for the 2000 edition of the Project Step by Step, and we've kept it in the subsequent editions with minor changes. You can find the excerpted appendix here on Office Online . You can also read the "Project Management Triangle" section of this Wikipedia entry . Very briefly, the project triangle model as a way of visualizing the three critical ingredients of a given project: time, cost and...
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    New book: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Plain & Simple

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    We’re happy to announce that Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Plain & Simple , by Nancy Muir, is now available! (You can see the book’s full TOC via the link.) Here’s some more information about the book: Publisher: Microsoft Press Formats: Print, Ebook, Safari Books Online Print Release: May 2010 Ebook Release: May 2010 Pages: 272 Print ISBN: 978-0-7356-2728-4 | ISBN 10: 0-7356-2728-2 Ebook ISBN: 978-0-7356-4535-6 | ISBN 10: 0-7356-4535-3 It’s difficult to do the book justice without showing its design, so here are some large snapshots of one of its chapters:
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