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    Ed Wilson: The infamous six words

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    "There is one class of stories that knows no cultural boundaries, the story where the user walks up to the IT Pro and begins his tale with the infamous six words: 'I have this computer at home.'"...
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    Ed Wilson: The visit to the Oslo PowerShell User Group

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    Summary: Ed Wilson talks about the first ever Dutch PowerShell User Group Well, things have been very busy for Teresa and I. In Oslo, we met up with Windows PowerShell MVP Jan Egil Ring. We went out for a nice dinner, got to see the state theatre, the Parliament building and other cool and interesting things in Oslo. Here is a picture of Jan and I. My presentation for the Oslo PowerShell user group was at the university where they have an awesome facility. Teresa was busy showing off her Windows Surface to the members of the group – many of who had never seen the device. They were soon filled with envy and stated verbally that they wanted one. Here is Teresa and a few of her new found friends as they pass around the device and put it through its paces. The meeting was sold out, and the room...
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    Fun: Play So You Think You Know Excel Game

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    Maybe it’s because I love Excel, but this sounds pretty fun.   Take the ‘So You Think You Know Excel’ Challenge and You Could Win a Kinect for Xbox 360 Prize Pack Visit the Microsoft Business Intelligence blog for details.
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    30th anniversary videos: Father-daughter authors Steve Lambert and Joan Lambert, part 1

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    Since last summer we’ve been filming some of our authors as part of Microsoft Press’s 30 th anniversary celebration. In a video series we’re unveiling today called Behind the Books, these authors share stories about writing for Microsoft Press and let us in on what they like to do when they’re not churning out manuscript. This video is special because it features two generations of Microsoft Press authors. Steve Lambert reminisces about the beginning of Microsoft Press in 1983 and being approached to write a technical book. Joan Lambert remembers as a kid contributing artwork to one of her dad’s books about the Apple Macintosh. These days she writes most of the consumer Step by Step books for Microsoft Press. Steve and Joan told so many great stories that...
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    MVP Mitch Tulloch on Windows 7

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    It's all about Windows 7, and Mitch Tulloch is an MVP who is willing to share his expertise, via articles and free Microsoft Press chapters linked to in this post....
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    Quick news: Microsoft Partner Info V 2.3 app includes Microsoft Press

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    Greetings. Since May 2011, Eric Ligman (the Microsoft Director of Partner Experience in the Worldwide Partner Group) has been fine-tuning his “Microsoft Partner Info” Windows Phone app. Here’s a description of it: Microsoft Partner Information, right on your phone. A new social app. Recently, during the Interactive Leadership Forum session we held, we were sharing several social media and online resources we have and are bringing out for partners and one partner asked the question, “I didn’t even know about that resource. How can we keep track of these informational resources?” Not only is that a great question, but how do we take it a step further to go beyond just helping make partners aware of the resources available, but also make it even easier to consume those resources? To that end,...
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    Happy Birthday to us!

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    Hey, I just realized that Friday (January 22) was the one-year mark for our blog. It looks like we wrote 397 posts in that time: phew! Some posts were extremely popular (those with free ebooks or excerpts from new books), and some hardly made a ripple (which is fine!). I think we’re just hitting our stride, so please keep reading. And thank you for reading. And thanks also to all the authors who share their thoughts here, to all the book reviewers and all the post commenters, and to everyone else who has contributed to the Microsoft Press blog. Thank you for writing. Let’s all keep in touch.
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    A New Day For Microsoft Press!

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    Today’s announcement of our new distribution relationship is accompanied by a new approach to how we plan our books as well. You won’t see a difference today, but over the next several months you’ll notice that our titles will be more up to the minute and relevant than ever before. We’ll focus on delivering certification titles faster. You’ll see new definitive titles on the best practices of software development. We’ll have fresh looks and approaches to our Office applications titles that reflect the dynamism of Office 365. Behind each of those titles, the editorial team will be in tighter alignment with the Microsoft software, services, and devices teams to make sure we’re covering the critical path changes to core technologies you need to know...
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    Ebook Deal of the Day: Celebrating PASS Summit 2010

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    Just a quick note to point you to this great offer: In celebration of PASS Summit 2010, happening now in Seattle, you can save 50% on five different SQL Server titles from Microsoft Press. Microsoft Press ebooks from oreilly.com are DRM-free. You get free lifetime access, multiple file formats, free updates. One day only. http://oreilly.com/store/ddmsp-sqlpass.html
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    The Microsoft News Center launches! Plus our own contact info

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    On January 4 , Sandra LeDuc, Sr. Managing Editor, on behalf of the Microsoft News Center Team, introduced the Microsoft News Center . Here’s the beginning of her note about the new site’s design and features: Those of you who have been visitors to the Microsoft PressPass site in the past will notice that we’ve made a few changes. First, and most obviously, we’ve changed the name from “Microsoft PressPass” to the “Microsoft News Center.” The site is all about news from Microsoft, and is the authoritative place to go if you are looking for the latest company news and views. Since it is in fact Microsoft’s news center we thought that’s just what we should call it. If you have been a regular visitor to PressPass in the past you’ll find all the same information here on the News Center. You can still...
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    Greg Shields on Microsoft’s new certifications

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    Greg Shields is an MVP. You can find his description of Microsoft’s certification program over in the August 2009 TechNet Magazine in an article called “Microsoft's New Certifications: What They Are, Why They Matter.”...
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    Andrew Levicki: Welcome to the world of…

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    Good morning, everybody. We’d like to introduce a new author for the Microsoft Press blog, Andrew Levicki , who we’re thrilled has agreed to write for us regularly about his adventures as an IT professional. Andrew sent the following as a type of introduction. In it he pays us lots of compliments, and we’ve asked him to stop doing that! In the future, Andrew will write about whatever he finds interesting while working with technologies, while learning technologies and earning certifications, while doing whatever it is he does. The world’s his oyster, which he with keyboard will open. Welcome, Andrew! > > > Hi there! My name’s Andrew and I’ve been working with Microsoft products and technologies for the past 15 years or so. My first experience of managing an IT environment came at the...
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    William Stanek: The Dreaded Printer, Scanner, Fax Installation: Yes or No—The Adventure Begins (Part 2)

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    "So after basic setup, the All-in-One was good to go, except for the printer software, the wireless features, and the fax. The device comes with an installation CD, so insert the CD, run setup, and go, right? Well, almost but not exactly."...
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    Sale: Save 40 Percent on Books from Microsoft Press

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    Visit any Barnes & Noble Booksellers store or online at http://www.bn.com/microsoft-press from March 3 through April 6, 2011, to save 40 percent on Microsoft Press books. Here’s a list of some of our IT pro titles you might want to purchase at this great discount:   MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680) Windows 7 Inside Out Windows 7 Resource Kit MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-685) MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-662) Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator's Companion Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Best Practices
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    Quick news: Cloud computing hiring event, August 23–24

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    Microsoft’s Server & Tools Business (the group within which Microsoft Press sits) is “seeking extraordinary software engineering professionals for an invitation only hiring event at our Redmond campus on August 23 – 24th. The Azure Application Platform and Tools (AAPT) team will be on hand to interview for full-time Software Engineer and SDET roles.” You can find more details here: http://stbjobs.com/ .
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    New book: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Plain & Simple

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    We’re happy to announce the availability of Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Plain & Simple Get the guide that makes learning Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2013 plain and simple! This full color, no-nonsense book shows you the quickest ways to solve a problem or learn a skill, using easy-to-follow steps and concise, straightforward language. You'll analyze, manage, and share information in more ways than ever before. Here’s WHAT you’ll learn: Create dynamic presentations for your audience Include charts, tables, clip art, and other graphics Add video clips and CD music Animate slide and add transition effects Edit and polish your presentations with ease Create speaker notes and record narration Here’s HOW you’ll learn it: Jump in whenever you need answers Easy-to-follow STEPS and SCREENSHOTS show exactly...
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    Author Andrew Couch Speaks at Microsoft Tech Days 2011 in UK

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    Andrew Couch, author of "Microsoft Access 2010 VBA Programming Inside Out," is speaking about "Microsoft Office and SQL Azure." This session will provide an introduction to placing an on-premise SQL Server database into SQL Azure, and focus on how existing Office Applications that are used for BI and Application Development can continue to function when directly connected to SQL Azure. He will share his own experiences of assisting companies in moving the data, developing multi-tenanted solutions, managing security, and refining the application design. http://uktechdays.cloudapp.net/online-events.aspx If you can’t make it to the event, check out their online events: http://uktechdays.cloudapp.net/online-events.aspx
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