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    Quick news: Free training and exam voucher for HTML5 and JavaScript

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    In case you missed this on the Born to Learn blog, this is a great offer:   Ready to prove or acquire Windows Apps skills? Here are 4 ways to prepare for the demand: Free Exam - Get a free voucher to take exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 w/ JavaScript + CSS3. Find the voucher code. http://aka.ms/HTML5OfferMVA Free Training - Want to learn HTML5 or brush up before taking the exam? Sign up to access the free online HTML5 course. http://aka.ms/HTML5OfferMVA Free eBook - Courtesy of Microsoft Press, "Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript"  http://aka.ms/win8apps-ebook Free Events - Microsoft Learning Partners are holding #TechShowcase events around the world. Find and attend one near you: http://aka.ms/TechShowcase
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    Free ebooks: Now on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site

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    No doubt, our blog is a great site for announcing new books and other quick bits of news; however, we really needed a great landing page to host our free ebooks in an elegant, easy-to-browse way. Our coworkers at the Microsoft Virtual Academy provided the solution. It’s a perfect place to land, since many of you already consume the Jump Start sessions, live events and archived courses from MVA. So, check it out here . As each new book is released, we’ll add it to the page.
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    Free ebook: Microsoft System Center: Network Virtualization and Cloud Computing

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    Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re happy to announce the next free ebook in our System Center series - Microsoft System Center: Network Virtualization and Cloud Computing – by series editor, Mitch Tulloch with Nader Benmessaoud, CJ Williams, and Uma Mahesh Mudigonda. Introduction As businesses move more toward cloud computing, one important factor for success is adopting multi-tenant software-defined networking (SDN) solutions in data centers. Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) is a key enabler for a multi-tenant SDN solution and is essential for implementing a hybrid cloud environment where tenants can bring not only their own IPs, but their entire network topology since the virtualized networks are abstracted from the underlying fabric...
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    From the MVPs: Setting Internet Explorer Trusted Site Settings via Group Policy Object in Windows Server 2012 R2

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    This is the 39th 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 Expert – IT Pro MVP Philippe Levesque . Thanks, Philippe! Today I will talk about setting up trusted sites via Group Policy Objects ...
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    Why use styles in Word?

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    Styles, like Quick Style Sets, lets you design styles in your document. Styles can save you time, simplify your work, and h elp keep your formatting more consistent and professional. Sure, you can create documents in Microsoft Word without making use of styles. You can also go grocery shopping without a basket, travel across town without transportation, or do laundry without detergent. But chances are that you wouldn’t work harder than necessary, spend extra time without added benefit, or embark on a task that’s likely to have inferior results if tools are available to improve the experience. That same philosophy is a good one to apply when it comes to creating documents. Styles are integrated into many features, and they’re always in your documents whether you make...
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    New book: Exam Ref 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2 (9780735684249), by Craig Zacker. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Description Fully updated for Windows Server 2012 R2! Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-410 - and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of implementing and configuring core services in Windows Server 2012 R2. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical thinking and decision making acumen needed for success at the MCSA level. Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives: · Install and configure servers ·...
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    Free ebook: Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation

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    We’re happy to announce the release of our newest free ebook, Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation (ISBN 9780735698154), by Michael McKeown. This is the second ebook in Microsoft Press’s free Microsoft Azure Essentials series. Future ebooks will cover specific Azure topics, such as Azure Machine Learning, Azure Websites for Developers, and others. Below you’ll find the ebook’s Foreword, by Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of the Cloud and Enterprise group at Microsoft, as well as its full Introduction. Enjoy! Download the PDF (3.30 MB) Mobi and ePub formats will be available soon. Foreword I’m thrilled to be able to share these Microsoft Azure Essentials ebooks with you. The power that Microsoft Azure gives you is thrilling but not unheard of from Microsoft. Many don’t realize...
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    New book: Programming Microsoft ASP.NET MVC, Third Edition

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    We’re pleased to announce the availability of Programming Microsoft ASP.NET MVC, Third Edition (9780735680944), by Dino Esposito. Purchase from these online retailers: Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local The Microsoft Press Store Develop next-generation web applications with ASP.NET MVC Go deep into the architecture and features of ASP.NET MVC 5, and learn how to build web applications that work well on both the desktop and mobile devices. Web development expert Dino Esposito takes you through the web framework’s Model-View-Controller (MVC) design model, and covers the tools you need to cleanly separate business logic from the user interface. If you’re an experienced web developer new to ASP.NET MVC, this practical...
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    Book update/Page corrections: “MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows 7”

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    Greetings. Although we strive for perfect books (yes, elusive perfection!), we know we make mistakes. And if you follow this blog, you know we take customer feedback very seriously, always requesting it, regularly reviewing it, and acting on it almost weekly in terms of discussions we have and decisions we make about titles we’re creating. We’ve heard from many of you about errata for MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows 7 . (Click the View/Submit Errata link on the book’s catalog page and you’ll find the errata.) Today we’d like to offer you an 85-page PDF (4.38 MB) containing updated book pages for all the errata we gathered as of February 11, 2011. In other words, any book page requiring a change has been changed and those pages have...
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    Free ebook: Microsoft System Center: Building a Virtualized Network Solution

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    Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re happy to announce the next free ebook in our System Center series - Microsoft System Center: Building a Virtualized Network Solution Introduction According to the Hyper-V Network Virtualization Overview found at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj134230.aspx , Network Virtualization “provides virtual networks to virtual machines similar to how server virtualization provides virtual machines to the operating system. Network Virtualization decouples virtual networks from the physical network infrastructure and removes the constraints and limitations of VLANs and hierarchical IP address assignment from virtual machine provisioning. This flexibility makes it easy for customers to move to Infrastructure...
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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: Microsoft System Center: Optimizing Service Manager

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    Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re happy to announce the next free ebook in our System Center series - Microsoft System Center: Optimizing Service Manager . Introduction Welcome to Microsoft System Center: Optimizing Service Manager. We (the authors) all work with systems management at Microsoft and believe that the Microsoft System Center suite is one of the most integrated suites on the market for this purpose. Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Manager is the only product that can integrate across most of the System Center suite and Active Directory. Service Manager is a fast and reliable product that can create and maintain a dynamic service management database to enable interaction across the organization, both inside and outside the...
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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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    From the MVPs: Using Lync Server 2013 calling number translation rules to change display number

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    This is the 25th in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). You can click the “MVPs” tag in the right column 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 Ståle Hansen , a Lync MVP . His blog is msunified.net . Than ks very much, Ståle! Ståle here. A new feature for Enterprise...
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    New book: Microsoft ASP.NET 4 Step by Step

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    George Shepherd’s Microsoft ASP.NET 4 Step by Step is now available! The book contains 26 chapters across 640 pages. This post will give you a taste of the book. The book’s chapter-level Table of Contents and Introduction can be found here . Here’s the taste—enjoy: Chapter 21 ASP.NET and WPF Content After completing this chapter, you will be able to Understand the benefits of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) over traditional Windows user interfaces. Create an XAML-based browser application (XBAP) site. Add WPF-based content to an ASP.NET site. The last 20 chapters demonstrate how ASP.NET makes Web development approachable by pushing most HTML rendering to the ASP.NET Control class and its descendents. In addition, the ASP.NET pipeline...
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    Quick news: The Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be available February 29th

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    ‘Nuff said! (OK, there’s a little more to say: watch for much more information about the Consumer Preview at the end of the month.) UPDATE: Check out this post for information on the Consumer Preview, which was released on February 29.
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    New book: Microsoft Excel 2010 Formulas & Functions Inside Out

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    We’re excited to announce that Egbert Jeschke, Helmut Reinke, Sara Unverhau, Eckehard Pfeifer, Bodo Fienitz, and Jens Bock’s Microsoft Excel 2010 Formulas & Functions Inside Out (ISBN 9780735658028; 1104 pages), ) is now available for purchase! You can find the book’s introduction in this previous post . In today’s post, please enjoy two excerpts – Chapters 3 & 5. Chapter 3 - “From Numbers to Formulas” - Calculations in Microsoft Excel are achieved through formulas. Formulas are entered differently than other data, although you probably won't notice the difference. The procedure for working with Excel worksheets and working on paper is basically the same, except that when you work on paper you have to write down the initial values and...
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