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    Hello. Today we’d like to share the links to the practice files for our various Office 2010 Step by Step books in one handy place: Microsoft Access 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=192153 Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=191751 Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=192152 Microsoft Office Professional 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=192155 Click the “Practice Files” link. Microsoft Outlook 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=192151 Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=192149 Microsoft Project 2010 Step by Step : go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=191765 Microsoft Word 2010 Step by ...read more
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    I’m very happy to announce that two of our books received an Award of Distinguished Technical Communication in this year’s STC International Summit Awards. Award of Distinguished Technical Communication The future of looking back Author: Richard Banks Editor: Devon Musgrave               Microsoft Manual of Style Author: Microsoft Editorial Board Editors: Elizabeth Whitmire, Valerie Woolley                     The Society for Technical Communication describes the qualification of the award as “The entry contains no major flaws and few, if any, minor flaws. It applies the principles of technical communication in an outstanding way, particularly in the way that it anticipates and fulfills the needs of its audience ...read more
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    Hello! Karl Wiegers here. I’m doing something right know that I’ve never done before: co-authoring a book. It’s a new experience for me, but it’s going remarkably well. I’ve written several articles with co-authors over the years, which went fine, but nothing like the scale of the book. If you’ve ever thought about writing something with someone else, you might find the story of how we approached this to be interesting. In August 2012 Joy Beatty, vice-president of research and development at Seilevel, asked me if I had thought about writing a third edition of my popular book Software Requirements . The first edition was published in 1999 and the second in 2003, both by Microsoft Press. I had indeed thought about writing a third edition from time to time. While virtually everything I described ...read more
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      Microsoft Press is currently seeking authors and technical editors for some of our Exam Refs that will help prepare candidates for the new developer exams. If you are interested or if you know people whom you think would be good for inclusion in such books and you can provide introductions, please respond to Russell Jones at b-rujone@microsoft.com . Exam Ref Guidelines: Mission Featuring concise, objective-by-objective reviews and strategic case scenarios and Thought Experiments, candidates get professional-level preparation for the exam. The Exam Ref helps candidates maximize their performance on the exam and sharpen their job-role skills. Distinguishing Features · Streamlines study by organizing material according to the exam’s objective domain, with one functional group and its objectives ...read more
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    The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) team is excited to announce a new course in the popular “Jump Start” series of live online training events on May 2nd! This core skills course will feature Microsoft Technical Evangelist Jerry Nixon and co-founder of Crank211 Daren May, who will deliver an engaging, demo-rich, live learning experience for developers interested in bulking up their C# app programming skills.  This course is also a great way to prepare for Exam 70-484.   Register here: http://aka.ms/WinSAECR2 This Jump Start covers Developing Windows Store Apps using C#. In typical Jump Start fashion it will be filled with lots of demos and fun.  Microsoft Technical Evangelist Jerry Nixon and the co-founder of Crank211, Daren May , will craft sample after sample in real time ...read more
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    Greetings. We’re looking very very good for publishing Charles Petzold’s classic book, Programming Windows, in its sixth edition, in January 2013. You can order a preliminary ebook plus final ebook here , and you can preorder the print book on the same page . Today we’d like to share the book’s Introduction, in which Charles describes the book’s intended audience, organization, coverage, and so on. Enjoy! Introduction This book—the 6 th edition of Programming Windows —is a guide to writing applications that run under Microsoft Windows 8. To use this book, you’ll need a computer running Windows 8, on which you can install the Windows 8 development tools and software development kit (SDK), most conveniently in the form of the free download ...read more
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    Greetings! We’re happy to announce an upcoming event with programming legend and renowned author Charles Petzold, whose Programming Windows, Sixth Edition , was recently published: a live questions and answers session on April 30 . The subject of the Q&A session will be the same as the subject of Programming Windows, Sixth Edition : writing Windows Store apps with C# and XAML . If you’ve been working through Charles’s book and you have a question about some aspect of the book’s guidance or if you have other questions about using C# and XAML to create Windows Store apps, take this opportunity to hear from Charles directly. So, we need your questions! Please email them, with “Petzold Q&A” in the subject line, to devonm@microsoft.com . We can’t promise Charles will get to all questions ...read more
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    We’re happy to announce that Supplement to Inside the Microsoft Build Engine: Using MSBuild and Team Foundation Build, 2nd Edition (ISBN 9780735678163), by Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi and William Bartholomew, is now available for purchase. Get the supplement that helps you drill even further into MSBuild—and maximize your control over the software build and deployment process. Designed as a companion to the popular book Inside the Microsoft Build Engine: Using MSBuild and Team Foundation Build, Second Edition, this supplement extends your knowledge by covering what’s new in Visual Studio 2012 for MSBuild and Team Foundation Build. You’ll also gain a fresh cookbook of examples to help you get productive with UI changes, batching, Team Foundation Server, offline apps, database publishing, and other ...read more
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    This is the 26th 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 Kelsey Epps, of the Concepps Group, an Office365 MVP. WEB: http://conceppsgroup.com BLOG: http://office365support.ca Thanks very much, Kelsey! A cutover ...read more
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    We’re happy to announce the availability of Microsoft Access 2013 Plain & Simple . Get the full-color, visual guide that makes learning Microsoft Access 2013 plain and simple! Follow the book’s easy steps and screenshots and clear, concise language to learn the simplest ways to build a database and sort information. Here’s WHAT you’ll learn: Build and manage your own database Apply professional designs across your databases Create presentations and publish reports online Secure your database with passwords and encryption Exchange data with other databases and documents Interact with your data easier using macros PURCHASE FROM O’REILLY   [NOTE: O'Reilly Media is the official distributor of Microsoft Press books. View O'Reilly's terms of service for use of their services ...read more
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    We’re happy to announce the availability of Microsoft Outlook 2013 Plain & Simple . Learn the simplest ways to get things done with Microsoft Outlook 2013 Get the full-color, visual guide that makes learning Microsoft Outlook 2013 plain and simple! Follow the book’s easy steps and screenshots and clear, concise language to learn how to stay productive and keep in touch with all of your personal, business, and social media networks. Here’s WHAT you’ll learn: Format and send messages, files, and photos Set up mobile alerts for important messages Manage your inbox and limit junk mail Update and share your calendar Add social media network accounts and collaborate Connect with and meet contacts online using Lync®     PURCHASE FROM O’REILLY NOTE: O'Reilly Media is the official ...read more
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    Our official distributor, O’Reilly Media, is offering 50% off a selection of popular Microsoft Press ebooks. One day only so don’t miss it!     Save 50% – Best of Microsoft Press Ebook Deal of the Day Whether you're a .NET programmer, configuring SQL Server 2012, mastering Microsoft Office—or anything in between— get the answers you need in these bestselling ebooks from Microsoft Press. For one day only, you can get our best of "Microsoft Press Ebook Deal of the Day" – the top 25 for 50% off . Ebooks from oreilly.com are DRM-free. You get free lifetime access, multiple file formats, and free updates. Now includes Dropbox syncing. Use discount code MSDEAL - Deal expires December 18, 2012 at 11:59pm PT, and cannot be combined with other offers. To see the list of ebooks ...read more
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      Click here to register Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1PM PT, San Francisco 9pm - London | 4pm - New York | Wed, Apr 24th at 6am - Sydney | Wed, Apr 24th at 5am - Tokyo | Wed, Apr 24th at 4am - Beijing | Wed, Apr 24th at 1:30am - Mumbai Presented by: Bonnie Biafore Duration: Approximately 60 minutes. Cost: Free Join us for a live webcast presented by project management expert Bonnie Biafore author of Microsoft Project 2013: The Missing Manual. We will get you up to speed fast and put your project management skills to work. In this webcast you will learn: Exploring built-in Project reports Customizing reports in Project 2013 Alternatives to the new Project 2013 reports About Bonnie Biafore Bonnie Biafore has always been fascinated with math in its practical and more esoteric forms. As an engineer ...read more
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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 ...read more
  • Focused preparation for Exam 70-483 Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-483—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of programming in C#. Designed for experienced software 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. Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives: •Manage Program Flow •Create and Use Types •Debug Applications and Implement Security •Implement Data Access This Microsoft Exam Ref: •Organizes its coverage by exam objectives. •Features strategic, what-if scenarios to challenge you. •Includes a 15% exam discount from Microsoft. Offer expires 12/31/2017. Author: Wouter de Kort is an independent technical coach, trainer, and developer at Seize IT. He is MCSD ...read more
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    We haven’t posted this in a while and I thought that it might be time for a refresh. This is a list of all of our free ebooks. We’ll have more coming up in 2011, so stay tuned. Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7, by Charles Petzold (a 24-chapter gift from the Windows Phone 7 team and Microsoft Press) Free ebook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (10 chapters by by Patrice Pelland, Pascal Paré, and Ken Haines) Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (10 chapters by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner) Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition) (6 chapters by Mitch Tulloch) Free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft (8 chapters by Katherine Murray) Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2008 ...read more
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    Here’s the 22nd in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). (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 Peter Ritchie , a Visual C# MVP . Than ks, Peter! If you're used to some other app store or hub/portal-based deployment models, you might think that an externally ...read more
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    We’re happy to announce the availability of Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735663398) by scripting expert Ed Wilson! This book is a hands-on, step-by-step guide to automating Windows administration with Windows PowerShell 3.0. Teach yourself the fundamentals of Windows PowerShell 3.0 command line interface and scripting language—one step at a time. This practical tutorial delivers learn-by-doing exercises, timesaving tips, and hands-on sample scripts for performing administrative tasks on both local and remote Windows systems. Discover how to: - Use built-in cmdlets to execute commands - Write scripts to handle recurring tasks - Use providers to access information beyond the shell environment - Configure network components with Windows Management Instrumentation - Manage users ...read more
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    Greetings, developers. If you’re developing for the Windows Store, we want to point out a stellar resource you might not be aware of: Windows Store App Labs . These labs were introduced in October via the Windows 8 app developer blog: Today we introduce Windows Store App Labs in more than 30 cities around the world for all app builders – developers, designers, and entrepreneurs. Windows Store App Labs are places where you can access the newest Windows 8 devices, get technical help from Windows experts, and receive design guidance from leading edge designers and digital agencies. All for free! Check out and test the newest Windows 8 devices The labs are stocked with the latest Windows 8 devices in multiple form factors including Windows RT tablets like Microsoft Surface , Ultrabooks, All-in ...read more
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    Hey, our good friend and associate publisher, Steve Weiss, has picked some great ebooks for a special sale through December 18, 2012. This past three months have seen Microsoft launch Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012 and Windows Phone 8, as well as the RTM build of SharePoint 2013. There's a lot to geek-out about, notes Steve Weiss, associate publisher, O'Reilly Media/Microsoft Press Division , so we're offering a slew of our latest resources for you. Use discount code HDMSN Deal expires December 18, 2012 at 11:59pm PT Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer does not apply to Print, or "Print & Ebook" bundle pricing. Click here for special offer page ...read more
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    I last updated our free ebook site in November, 2012, but I often get emails from readers wanting me to remind them where to find our complete list. Here it is: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2012/05/04/free-ebooks-great-content-from-microsoft-press-that-won-t-cost-you-a-penny.aspx You’ll find current ebooks on building Windows 8 apps, exploring Windows 8 administration and Windows Server 2012, and SQL Server 2012. We also keep some older titles in the collection, too, in case you’re still using previous versions of software. Enjoy! ...read more
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    Here’s the 21st in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). (Click the “MVPs” tag in the right column to see all of 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 David Pallman , a Windows Azure MVP and Microsoft Press author. Than ks, David! Add value to your Windows Store apps with the Microsoft ...read more
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    Announcing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Step by Step by Patrick LeBlanc 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. Discover how to: Install and work with core components and tools Create tables and index structures Manipulate and retrieve data Secure, manage, back up, and recover databases Apply techniques for building high-performing applications Use clustering, database mirroring, and log shipping Click here to purchase from our distributor, O ...read more
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    Our friends over at the Born to Learn blog created a really cool visual map for people interested in learning about Windows Server and becoming certified. It was too great not to share with you. Check it out here: A Visual View of Microsoft Training and Certification for Windows Server 2012 Make sure to click on the images and notice that many areas on the map are hot linked. ...read more
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    We’re happy to announce the availability of Microsoft Excel 2013 Step by Step , by Curtis Frye.   The smart way to learn Excel 2013—one step at a time! Experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to manage, analyze, and present data with Excel 2013. With Step by Step, you set the pace—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you them! Includes downloadable practice files and companion eBook. Discover how to: Work with Excel 2013 in touch mode Write formulas, create macros, and organize data Present data visually and add images to worksheets Consolidate multiple sets of data into a single workbook Analyze data using the Quick Analysis Lens Collaborate with colleagues and present workbooks online   PURCHASE FROM O’REILLY     NOTE: O'Reilly ...read more