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    You all might remember that back in the winter, a handful of our books were recognized by the Puget Sound chapter of the Society for Technical Communications. (See blog post http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2014/01/22/quick-news-microsoft-press-picks-up-six-awards-at-last-night-s-stc-ceremony.aspx .) Today, we’re happy to announce that three of those books were sent to the international judges and have received recognition at the top level of competition. Here are the winners. Congratulations to the authors and editors who produced these high-quality books. Award of Excellence STC's description: An entry that wins an Award of Excellence consistently meets high standards in all areas. The entry might contain a single major flaw or a few minor flaws. The entry ...read more
  • Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re happy to announce the final ebook in our System Center series: Microsoft System Center – Integrated Cloud Platform by David Ziembicki and Mitch Tulloch, series editor. Introduction Microsoft System Center: Integrated Cloud Platform is targeted toward IT executives and architects interested in the big picture of how Microsoft’s cloud strategy is delivered using Windows and Microsoft System Center. We provide an all-encompassing approach to understanding and architecting Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and Windows Azure based solutions for infrastructure as a service. The combination of Windows, System Center, and Windows Azure is a cloud-integrated platform, delivering what Microsoft calls ...read more
  • Join our featured speakers, Microsoft Technical Fellow and Microsoft Press author Mark Russinovich and Microsoft Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson, for the first webinar of the Hybrid Cloud series. Learn about the basics of hybrid cloud including Microsoft’s definition of the hybrid cloud, its key benefits, and how hybrid cloud solutions will evolve with broader trends in the IT industry. Register to attend this complimentary webinar on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. PDT. https://info.windowsazure.com/April2014_Hybrid_Cloud_Series_Episode_One_Register.html ...read more
  • 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 ...read more
  • Download the PDF , the Mobi , the ePub , as well as the companion content . We’re pleased to announce our free (1311-page) ebook: Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Second Edition, by Kraig Brockschmidt. Kraig began updating the first edition exactly a year ago, and when you examine the new ebook’s Table of Contents you’ll quickly see how much work he has done to share his deep understanding of Windows Store app building. Even in the simplest sense—new pages added to this edition: 478—Kraig’s effort and generosity are impressive. Thank you, Kraig, and enjoy, app builders! The following excerpt from Kraig’s introduction to the ebook shares our goals for the title: Introduction Work on this second edition began almost ...read more
  • We’re pleased to announce the availability of Windows Server 2012 R2 Pocket Consultant: Essentials & Configuration (9780735682573), by William R. Stanek. Purchase from these online retailers: Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Informit.com – from Pearson, our official distributor The portable, practical guide for Windows Server administrators Portable and precise, this pocket-sized guide delivers ready answers for core configuration and administrative tasks in Windows Server 2012 R2. Zero in on the essentials through quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. You'll get the focused information you need to save time and get the job done - whether at your desk or in the field. Coverage includes: · Administration overview · Managing servers running ...read more
  • We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 R2 Services (9780735673618), by J.C. Mackin and Orin Thomas. Purchase from these online retailers: Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – shop local Informit.com – from Pearson, our official distributor Description Fully updated for Windows Server 2012 R2! Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-412—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of advanced configuration tasks for Windows Server infrastructure. 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: · Configure and manage high availability ...read more
  • Download the PDF (8.08 MB) Download the EPUB file (8.22 MB) Download the Mobi for Kindle file (12.3 MB) We’re pleased to announce our next free ebook – Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 – by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner. Introduction Microsoft SQL Server 2014 is the next generation of Microsoft’s information platform, with new features that deliver faster performance, expand capabilities in the cloud, and provide powerful business insights. In this book, we explain how SQL Server 2014 incorporates in-memory technology to boost performance in online transactional processing (OLTP) and data-warehouse solutions. We also describe how it eases the transition from on-premises solutions to the cloud with added support for hybrid environments. SQL Server 2014 continues to include components that ...read more
  • We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-687: Configuring Windows 8.1 (9780735684775), by Joli Ballew. Purchase from these online retailers: Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Informit.com – from Pearson, our official distributor Description Fully updated for Windows 8.1! Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-687 - and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of configuring Windows 8.1 in the enterprise. 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: · Install and upgrade to Windows 8.1 · Configure hardware and applications · Configure network connectivity · Configure ...read more
  • 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 ...read more
  • As many of you saw in the post from a couple of weeks ago, Pearson is now the worldwide distributor of Microsoft Press books. As always, you can  purchase our books from any retailer, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  What’s new is that you can also purchase them directly from InformIT.com, Pearson’s site. Later this month we’ll be unveiling our new Microsoft Press Store online. Stay tuned. I’ll also include an FAQ then to communicate the changes and answer some of the concerns that many of you expressed in your comments a couple of weeks ago. We appreciate your feedback. ...read more
  • Drive your business in real-time, from apps to insights, using all your data, big and small. Hear from CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner, and CVP Quentin Clark on how to transform data into action by combining the power of SQL Server 2014 with the familiarity of Power BI for Office 365. Mark your calendar for April 15 at 10 AM PDT ...read more
  • Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) as well as link to the companion content 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 ...read more
  • Technically speaking, March 22, 1984 was the release date of the first two books from Microsoft Press at the West Coast Computer Faire. To celebrate this special milestone, we thought we’d release this video from one of your favorite authors, Charles Petzold . In this interview, he reflects on his start with Microsoft Press and the birth of his now-classic titles. Keep checking back for new Behind the Books video every month until summer 2014. Subscribe to our RSS feed here . ...read more
  • We're excited to announce that Microsoft Press will be distributed by Pearson starting April 1! Check back for a link to our brand new website and special offers. You'll still enjoy DRM-free ebooks and great service! Our books will continue to be sold by retailers around the world. We’ll unveil our new website to all of you when it’s ready. You will also be able to purchase Microsoft Press books through Informit.com . ...read more
  • Greetings! We’re happy to share that we’ll be pubishing High-Performance Windows Store Apps , by Microsoft’s Brian Rasmussen, next month. And today we’d like to share the book’s Foreword, graciously provided by Eric Lippert . Enjoy: Foreword Which is faster, dividing by four or shifting by two? Should I make this array of ten numbers shorts instead of ints to save on space? What are your favorite tips and tricks for speeding up programs? I get a lot of questions like these from real-world developers who think they might have performance problems. Though those developers mean well, these are almost always the wrong questions to ask! Why? Because knowing the answers will not actually lead to improvements that any user will notice. A program which downloads and displays a hundred million bytes ...read more
  • We’re pleased to announce the availability of Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out: Configuration, Storage, & Essentials (9780735682672), by William R. Stanek. Purchase from these online retailers: Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local O’Reilly Media – Official distributor of Microsoft Press books The portable, practical guide for Windows Server administrators This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds for Windows Server 2012 R2 - with a focus on configuration, storage, and essential administrative tasks. Coverage includes: · Deployment · Boot configuration · Administration · Configuring roles, role services, and features · Managing and troubleshooting hardware · TPM and Bitlocker drive encryption ...read more
  • 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: Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local O’Reilly Media – Official distributor of Microsoft Press books 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 · Configure server ...read more
  • Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) as well as link to the companion content 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 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 ...read more
  • We’re pleased to announce the availability of Windows 8.1 Administration Pocket Consultant: Storage, Security, & Networking (9780735682610), by William R. Stanek. Purchase from these online retailers: Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local O’Reilly Media – Official distributor of Microsoft Press books The portable, practical guide for Windows administrators Portable and precise, this pocket-sized guide delivers ready answers for administering storage, security, and networking features in Windows 8.1. Zero in on core tasks through quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. You'll get the focused information you need to save time and get the job done - whether at your desk or in the field. Coverage includes: Managing firmware, boot configuration, and ...read more
  • 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 O’Reilly Media – Official distributor of Microsoft Press books 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 guide will ...read more
  • We’re pleased to announce the availability of SignalR Programming in Microsoft ASP.NET (9780735683884). Purchase from these online retailers: Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local O’Reilly Media – Official distributor of Microsoft Press books Description Get definitive guidance on SignalR, a new library for ASP.NET developers that simplifies the process of adding real-time web functionality to your applications. Real-time web functionality enables server-side code to push content to connected clients instantly as it becomes available. With this book, Microsoft .NET developers familiar with HTML and JavaScript will gain the skills to add real-time and async communication features for web, desktop, and mobile phone applications. Topics include: Introduction to async ...read more
  • These links came to me from the content manager for online services. Since so many of you have been downloading our free ebooks on System Center, I thought these would be interesting to you, as well. Top Support Solutions for System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Top Support Solutions for System Center Endpoint Protection 2012 Top Support Solutions for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Top Support Solutions for System Center Orchestrator 2012 Top Support Solutions for System Center 2012 Operations Manager Top Support Solutions for System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 (SCDPM) ...read more
  • This is the 38th 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 Enterprise Security MVP Richard Hicks . Thanks, Richard! Enable Cross-Premises Network Connectivity to Windows Azure with Windows Server 2012 ...read more
  • This is the 37th 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 Azure MVP Robin Shahan . Thanks, Robin! And don’t forget that it’s Windows Azure Week: a week of free ...read more