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  • We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-688 Supporting Windows 8.1 (9780735684737), by Joli Ballew. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Description: Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-688—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery supporting Windows 8.1. 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: · Support Operating System and Application Installation · Support Resource Access · Support Windows Clients and Devices This Microsoft ...read more
  • We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-414 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure (9780735674073), by Steve Suehring. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Description: Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-414—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of implementing an advanced server infrastructure 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 MCSE level. Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives: · Manage and maintain a server infrastructure · Plan and implement a highly available enterprise infrastructure ...read more
  • Hi, this is Jeffrey Richter. I was very excited when Microsoft announced universal apps for Windows Store and Windows Phone apps. One reason is that I can now use my existing C#/CLR/WinRT skill set to build phone apps. Another reason is because it means my Windows Runtime via C# book now has a new audience. In fact, the book’s content is entirely applicable for Windows Phone 8.1 developers except for the few differences described in this earlier blog post, “Windows Phone updates for Windows Runtime via C#.” I’ve already converted all the book’s code samples to universal apps, and I have them running on both Windows and Windows Phone. You can download this code from the book’s catalog page in the new Microsoft Press Store (via the Downloads tab). Of course, the main reason to use universal apps ...read more
  • List price: $31.99   Sale price: $16.00 You save 50% Buy 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. 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. ...read more
  • This is the 43rd 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 SharePoint Server MVP Tom Resing . Thanks, Tom! Why SharePoint on Azure? Last week, at the Worldwide Partner Conference, a new SharePoint Farm ...read more
  • Greetings! We’re happy to release a free ebook today: Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure: Best practices for DevOps, data storage, high availability, and more , by Scott Guthrie, Mark Simms, Tom Dykstra, Rick Anderson, and Mike Wasson. Here are the download links: PDF (6.35 MB), EPUB (22.7 MB), and MOBI (12.3 MB). This ebook walks you through a patterns-based approach to building real-world cloud solutions. The patterns apply to the development process as well as to architecture and coding practices. The content is based on a presentation developed by Scott Guthrie and delivered by him at the Norwegian Developers Conference (NDC) in June of 2013 (part 1, part 2), and at Microsoft Tech Ed Australia in September 2013 (part 1, part 2). Many others updated and augmented the content while ...read more
  • List price: $39.99   Sale price: $20.00 You save 50% Buy Master business modeling and analysis techniques with Microsoft Excel 2013, and transform data into bottom-line results. Written by award-winning educator Wayne Winston, this hands-on, scenario-focused guide shows you how to use the latest Excel tools to integrate data from multiple tables--and how to effectively build a relational data source inside an Excel workbook. 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. ...read more
  • Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world's premier student technology competition On Saturday, August 2, MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry) and Microsoft will host Imagine Cup Day when the museum will open its doors to the public for free and the Imagine Cup world finalists will showcase their projects as part of a special one-day only event. Residents of Seattle are invited to meet the students and see their projects in action. At the MOHAI Imagine Cup showcase, visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite Imagine Cup project, and the team with the winning project will receive the Avanade People’s Choice Award: a $2,000 prize! For details click here ...read more
  • In November 2013, Microsoft Press published Windows Runtime via C# (320 pages; ISBN: 9780735679276), by Jeffrey Richter and Maarten Van De Bospoort. The book offers expert guidance on leveraging the Windows Runtime (WinRT) API to produce Windows Store apps. Since then, Microsoft introduced Windows Phone 8.1, allowing developers to write Windows Phone apps by using WinRT. Because of this, all the content in Windows Runtime via C# is now also applicable to Windows Phone app developers. This blog post was written by Jeffrey and Maarten. It goes through every chapter of the book and points out the few differences where the contents of the book are different for Windows Phone apps. If you are building Windows Phone apps, use this blog post along with the book, and you’ll be prepared. Of course, ...read more
  • Ends tomorrow, July 12. Save 40% on recommended books and eBooks when you apply discount code TECHED during checkout at MicrosoftPressStore.com. The Microsoft Press Store offers free U.S. shipping every day. ...read more
  • List price: $35.99   Sale price: $18.00 You save 50% Buy Your hands-on guide to Visual Basic fundamentals Expand your expertise--and teach yourself the fundamentals of Microsoft Visual Basic 2013. If you have previous programming experience but are new to Visual Basic 2013, this tutorial delivers the step-by-step guidance and coding exercises you need to master core topics and techniques. 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. ...read more
  • We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure, Second Edition (9780735685406), by Paul Ferrill and Tim Ferrill. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Description: Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-413—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of designing and implementing infrastructure 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 MCSE level. Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives: · Plan and deploy a server infrastructure ...read more
  • Now through July 12, 2014, save 40% on recommended books and eBooks when you apply discount code TECHED during checkout at MicrosoftPressStore.com. The Microsoft Press Store offers free U.S. shipping every day. ...read more
  • We’re pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft Azure SQL Database Step by Step (9780735679429), by Leonard G. Lobel and Eric D. Boyd. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Your hands-on guide to SQL Database fundamentals Expand your expertise—and teach yourself the fundamentals of the Microsoft Azure SQL Database platform. If you are an experienced software developer or database professional, but are new to Microsoft Azure or SQL Database, you’ll get the guidance, exercises, and code needed to master core topics and techniques. Discover how to: · Quickly get a server and database up and running in the cloud · Design, populate, ...read more
  • List price: $39.99   Sale price: $16.00 You save 60% Buy Widely considered one of the best practical guides to programming, Steve McConnell's original CODE COMPLETE has been helping developers write better software for more than a decade. Now this classic book has been fully updated and revised with leading-edge practices--and hundreds of new code samples--illustrating the art and science of software construction. 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. ...read more
  • Now through July 12, 2014, save 40% on recommended books and eBooks when you apply discount code TECHED during checkout at MicrosoftPressStore.com. The Microsoft Press Store offers free U.S. shipping every day. ...read more
  • 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 ...read more
  • We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012 R2 (9780735684799), by Charlie Russel. 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 70-411 - and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of administering Windows Server infrastructure in an enterprise environment. 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 or MCSE level. Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives: Deploy, manage, and maintain servers Configure ...read more
  • List price: $31.99   Sale price: $16.00 You save 50% Buy Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-487--and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of developing Windows Azure and web services. Designed for experienced developers ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the Microsoft Specialist level.  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. ...read more
  • As you might know, you can give us feedback anytime about our books via http://aka.ms/tellpress . (We know you’re busy, so we’ve kept it short with just a few questions.) But because we don’t ask for personal information, we can’t respond personally to comments and questions that you leave us. So, in case the person who left us the following follows our blog, we want you to know that we sent your comment to the book’s author. First, your comment: 9780735681835          Microsoft Visual C# 2013 Step by Step                                                                                    ...read more
  • 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). ...read more
  • This is the 42nd 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 SQL Server MVP Sergio Govoni . Thanks, Sergio! Updateable Column Store Indexes in SQL Server 2014 Introduction Column store indexes had been ...read more
  • I was looking through our download numbers the other day and saw how many older titles are still popular. However, I noticed that there has been a drop in downloads of our older books that started when we began placing our new free ebooks on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site . We don’t list them on the free ebooks page. Maybe we should. Until then, I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of the older ebooks and their links. Windows Server Free ebook- Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 Free ebook- Introducing Windows Server 2012 Virtualization Free ebook- Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition) Microsoft Office Free ebook- First Look Microsoft Office 2010 Free ebook- Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office Users Free eBook- Microsoft Office 365- Connect and ...read more
  • In this sample chapter from Training Guide: Administering Windows Server 2012 R2 (9780735684690), you will learn how to monitor and configure auditing for computers running the Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system. ...read more
  • By keeping performance in mind for the key usage scenarios of your app, you will reduce the risk of making the wrong architectural decisions that would be expensive to change later in the game. This sample chapter from Brian Rasmussen’s High-Performance Windows Store Apps (9780735682634) covers designing your app with performance in mind. ...read more