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    To the MVPs: Congrats to 885 new and renewed MVPs!

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    Make that a huge congratulations! And may we say that we’re very proud to work with many of you on Microsoft Press books (both authoring and reviewing) and on posts for our blog . The MVP community is full of amazing talent, and we look forward to working with more of you! If you’re interested in such opportunities, please do let your community manager know. Everybody else, here’s more info about today’s MVP Awards (from the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog).
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    eBook deal of the week: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Step by Step

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    List price: $39.99 Sale price: $20.00 You save 50% Buy Your hands-on, step-by-step guide to building applications with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Teach yourself the programming fundamentals of SQL Server 2012--one step at a time. Ideal for beginning SQL Server database administrators and developers, this tutorial provides clear guidance and practical, learn-by-doing exercises for building database solutions that solve real-world business problems. Learn more Terms & conditions Each week, on Sunday at 12:01 AM PST / 7:01 AM GMT, a new eBook is offered for a one-week period. Check back each week for a new deal. The products offered as our eBook Deal of the Week are not eligible for any other discounts. The Deal of the Week promotional price cannot be combined with other offers...
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    Quick news: Windows Store open to developers in 120 markets

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    Check out the great news here . Here’s a taste: We’re very excited to announce the last significant milestone in the rollout of the Windows Store before the general availability of Windows 8 on October 26. The Store is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies – in our supported markets, and we’ve added 82 more app submission markets! Now, developers from 120 markets can publish Windows Store apps.
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    Sample chapter: Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out: Networking with TCP/IP

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    TCP/IP is the backbone for Microsoft Windows networks. It is required for internetwork communications and for accessing the Internet. Before you can implement TCP/IP networking, you should understand IP addressing conventions, subnetting options, and name-resolution techniques—all of which are covered in this sample chapter from William Stanek’s Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out: Services, Security, & Infrastructure (9780735682559).
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    New book: Microsoft Outlook 2013 Inside Out

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    Dive into Outlook 2013—and really take control of your communications and workday! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. It’s all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts tackle Outlook—and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery. - Connect to Microsoft SharePoint and social networks with Outlook - Customize and configure Outlook with advanced setup options - Expertly manage your contacts and other critical data - Optimize team efficiency by sharing your calendar and tasks - Collaborate through SharePoint libraries and files - Encrypt your data, protect against viruses, and filter spam - Use Outlook 2013 as a Microsoft Exchange Server client - Communicate and collaborate using Microsoft Lync and Skype - Work...
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    Robert Reynolds of STC interviews Karen Szall, editor of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out

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    Reprinted with permission from the Puget Sound Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) ( http://www.stc-psc.org/ ). Originally published in the Feb/March 2012 issue of the newsletter Sound Views . Delivering More than Another How-To Interview with the editor of Best of Show, Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out by Robert Reynolds For this issue, I interviewed Karen Szall, who was the developmental editor for one of the Best of Show entries: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out. Karen Szall is a publishing professional at Microsoft. She has several years of experience writing, editing, and managing content projects for retail companies, big banks, and most recently, the tech giants IBM and Microsoft. Initial phase: How did you define your audience for this work...
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    Honors for Microsoft Press

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    Post from Kimberly Kim, group content publishing manager Six of six titles entered in chapter-level competition win awards, four move on to the international competition   Excellence Excellence Distinguished Distinguished Microsoft Press is pleased to announce that all six of the Microsoft Press titles entered in our local competition of the Society for Technical Communications (STC) were honored with awards! Each title was evaluated against rigorous standards for information design, use and appearance of visual elements, usability, writing and editing, and how well the publication meets the needs of the intended audience. Two titles received the highest level of award granted in the competition, and four qualified for submission to the International Summit Award competition. Huge congratulations...
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    New book: Microsoft Visio 2013 Step By Step

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    Microsoft Visio 2013 Step By Step is available for purchase. The smart way to learn Microsoft Visio 2013—one step at a time! Experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to create professional-looking business and technical diagrams with Visio 2013. With Step by Step, you set the pace—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! Create dynamic organization charts with Visio Make charts with wizards or build them by hand Build drawings using Visio themes and effects Use data-driven drawings in Microsoft SharePoint Import, manipulate, and visualize business data Draw and then execute SharePoint 2013 workflows
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    Author news: Orin Thomas reporting from TechEd Down Under, part 2

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    "TechEd Australia is hosted in the Gold Coast Convention Center located south of the city of Brisbane on Australia’s pacific coast. The beachside location is popular with international speakers and the September date makes it a nice warm Queensland spring rather than a stiflingly hot Aussie summer. Speakers are often surprised by the large lizards, crocodiles, sharks, and drop bears that can be encountered between the hotel where they are staying and the conference center (two of those hazards are true)."...
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    Ed Wilson: When a book is finished

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    "I finished writing my Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices book for Microsoft Press. I don't have all of the statistics available (number of words, number of figures, number of scripts and those type of numbers), but one value stands out clearly in my mind: one year."...
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    Ed Wilson: The power of collaboration

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    Today we begin the third day of the 2009 Summer Scripting Games. One thing has become clear to me as I have been reviewing hundreds of scripts, all of which are designed to do essentially the same thing, is that there is not a single way to accomplish a given task....
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    Guest post by author John Bruno today

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    A description of "Solid Code" by one of its authors....
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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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    Request for Internals of SQL Server 2008 Internals

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    The full Table of Contents for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Internals....
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    Ed Wilson: Lessons from Glenn Miller

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    The interesting thing about his story is that Glenn Miller was not a particularly talented musician; he was merely adequate. But he made up for his lack of ability with drive, determination, and refusal to settle for mediocrity. ...
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    New book: MOS 2013 Study Guide for Microsoft Access

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    We are happy to announce that MOS 2013 Study Guide for Microsoft Access , by John Pierce, (ISBN 9780735669192) is now orderable! Please read on for ordering information and an excerpt from the book. To read the Contents at a glance and an excerpt from the introduction, check out our earlier blog post .   Order from O’Reilly click here Order from Amazon click here Order from Barnes & Noble click here Order from Ada’s Technical Books and Café click here   Excerpt from chapter 3, “Create queries” section 3.2: Modify Queries 3.2 Modify queries After you set up a query, you can modify it by changing or rearranging the fields, showing and hiding query fields, and sorting the query’s results. You can also format the fields in a query. This section examines some of the ways you can modify...
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    Windows Dev Center: Updates to the game portal

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    Greetings. I’m John Osborne; I work on content for the Windows Dev Center . Today I’m happy to announce a new series of posts here on the Microsoft Press blog. Each time guidance in the Windows Dev Center is updated or added, we’ll blog about it here so that you know what’s new. And, going forward, you can use the “Windows Dev Center” tag to see only these posts and find our updates more easily. In our first post in this series, we’d like to alert you to significant updates we’ve made to the game portal in the Windows Dev Center. You can get tips on how to port a game from another platform or program a new game for Windows 8 using our free tools. Then, distribute the game through the Windows Store and start making money. (In case you’re...
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