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  • This chapter from Windows 8.1 Plain & Simple shows you how to use the Photos app, Video app, and Camera app that come with Windows 8.1. In this section: Displaying pictures Searching for pictures Creating folders for your pictures Moving pictures to new folders Setting a picture on the Photos tile or lock screen Cropping a picture Editing a picture Playing a slide show Exploring the Video app Playing a personal video Buying or renting a video Using the camera Windows 8.1 comes with three apps for working with visual media. These are the Photos app, Video app, and Camera app, all available from the Start screen. The Photos app lets you access your pictures, create folders ...read more
  • Check out the new course, Becoming a Visio 2013 Power User , from Microsoft Press author, Scott Helmers, and Microsoft Product Marketing Manager, Alex Matyushenko. Sure, you know how to use Visio, but can you really make it sing and dance? Find out how! In this course, learn multiple ways to build diagrams more effectively and to create more powerful drawings. ​Examine how to create hyperlinks to external locations, which is one of the most significant ways to enhance the value of a Visio diagram. If you have experience with Visio, but you feel that you're just scratching the surface, check out this course and get what you need to transform from a casual Visio user to a Visio power user. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Scott Helmers is a Visio MVP and a Partner with the Harvard Computing Group ...read more
  • Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re happy to announce the next free ebook in our System Center series: Microsoft System Center Introduction to Microsoft Automation Solutions (ISBN 9780735695818), by Rob Costello and Richard Maunsell, with series editor Mitch Tulloch. Introduction This book provides you with an introduction to the Microsoft automation solutions: Azure Automation and Service Management Automation. Throughout the chapters, the text explores these tools and how they can be used to meet the automation needs of your Microsoft Azure cloud solutions or your enterprise datacenter environments. We provide considerations on the features of each solution, and how they can be architected to fit your needs. Next ...read more
  • We’re happy to announce Microsoft Press recently won seven awards from the Puget Sound chapter of the Society for Technical Communications (STC). Four books received the Award of Excellence and three received Merit Awards. Congratulations to our authors, editors, and everyone involved in making great books at Microsoft Press!! Award of Excellence STC description of this award: 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 demonstrates an exceptional understanding of technical communication principles. Exam Ref 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012 R2 Author: Charlie Russel Editor: Karen Szall Microsoft System Center: Cloud ...read more
  • This is the 46 th 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 Office 365 MVP Darrell Webster . Thanks, Darrell! Working as a network - Yammer as a Distribution Group We have a number ...read more
  • John Paul Mueller explains the Entity Framework elements, describes the files used to store Entity Framework information, and shows you how to create a simple Entity Framework example, in this chapter from Microsoft ADO.NET Entity Framework Step by Step . After completing the chapter, you’ll be able to Define what an entity is and why it’s important. Specify the major elements of the Entity Framework. List and describe the files used to store Entity Framework information. Create a simple Entity Framework example. When an architect wants to design a real-world building by creating a blueprint, one of the tools used to ensure the blueprint is accurate is a model . Often you see a model of the building as part of the presentation for that building. Models are helpful because they help others visualize ...read more
  • Download all formats (PDF, Mobi, and ePub) hosted by the Microsoft Virtual Academy We’re happy to announce the next free ebook in our System Center series: Microsoft System Center Extending Operations Manager Reporting by George Wallace, Chris Jones, Bill May, Fred Lee; Series Editor: Mitch Tulloch. Introduction The System Center Operations Manager data warehouse stores many objects, making it possible to report on performance, availability, configuration, and security. You can use data collected by Operations Manager for issue tracking, awareness, planning, and forecasting, all of which are important factors for maintaining and managing your environment. But understanding what to report on and how to do so is what actually contributes to the stability of your infrastructure ...read more
  • This chapter from Software Requirements, 3rd Edition provides specific suggestions as to which practices are most relevant for enhancement and replacement projects and how to use them. Most of this book describes requirements development as though you are beginning a new software or system development project, sometimes called a green-field project . However, many organizations devote much of their effort to enhancing or replacing existing information systems or building new releases of established commercial products. Most of the practices described in this book are appropriate for enhancement and replacement projects. This chapter provides specific suggestions as to which practices are most relevant and how to use them. An enhancement project is one in which new capabilities are added to ...read more
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  • In this chapter from Microsoft Visual C++/CLI Step by Step , you will see how to use these statements to control the flow of execution through a C++/CLI application. After completing this chapter, you will be able to: Make decisions by using the if statement. Make multiway decisions by using the switch statement. Perform loops by using the while, for , and do-while statements. Perform unconditional jumps in a loop by using the break and continue statements. All high-level languages provide keywords with which you can make decisions and perform loops. C++ is no exception. C++ provides the if statement and the switch statement for making decisions, and it provides the while, for , and do-while statements for performing loops. In addition, C++ provides the break statement to exit a loop immediately ...read more
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  • This chapter from CompTIA Security+ Training Kit (Exam SY0-301) shows how to find exposed services and vulnerabilities on systems and devices by using port and vulnerability scanning tools, covers vulnerability assessment methods, as well as ways to identify vulnerabilities by using both technical and nontechnical means, and explains penetration testing, including common techniques, types of penetration tests, and best practices for performing them. The CompTIA Security+ exam covers common techniques used to identify risks and vulnerabilities. Organizations frequently assess their risks and vulnerabilities by using both formal and informal techniques, as well as technical tools. In this chapter, we will explore how you can find exposed services and vulnerabilities on systems and devices by ...read more
  • This chapter from Microsoft Office 365 Administration Inside Out discusses mailbox migration options and administering the different messaging workloads. Mailbox migration options Moving mailboxes back to on-premises Exchange Decommissioning on-premises Exchange Administering Exchange Online Compliance, Legal Hold, and eDiscovery concepts Read the chapter here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2222436 . ...read more
  • In this chapter from Exam Ref 70-482: Advanced Windows Store App Development using HTML5 and JavaScript , you learn how to create background tasks, implement the appropriate interfaces, and consume tasks using timing and system triggers. You also find out how to request lock screen access and create download and upload operations using background transferring for Windows Store applications written in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)/JavaScript (formerly called Windows Store apps using JavaScript). The last part of the chapter is dedicated to creating and consuming Windows Metadata (WinMD) components. Objectives in this chapter: Objective 1.1: Create background tasks Objective 1.2: Consume background tasks Objective 1.3: Integrate WinMD components into a solution Read the rest of the chapter ...read more
  • In this chapter from Exam Ref 70-247 Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud (MCSE) you'll learn how to integrate several different System Center products, allowing them to build off each other’s functionality. You’ll also learn about Service Provider Foundation, and Microsoft Azure Pack for Windows Server, which allow you to customize the way that users of your private cloud interact with the infrastructure. The System Center products integrate with one another. You can leverage the functionality of one product, such as Operations Manager’s performance and availability monitoring, with the automation capabilities of Orchestrator, and the incident and problem management functionality of Service Manager. In this chapter you’ll learn how to integrate several different System Center products ...read more
  • In this chapter from Windows 8.1 Step by Step , you’ll learn how the UAC works, how to tweak it, and why you should never turn it off. In addition, you’ll learn the basics of working with Windows Firewall to secure your network and Internet traffic and about the new and improved Windows Defender and how to use it to keep your system safe from viruses and spyware. Finally, you’ll learn how to improve your passwords to make it more difficult for unwanted people to use the Internet to access your Microsoft account, your email, and other important accounts. Click here to read this chapter: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2222442 . Interested in more free sample chapters? Check out our growing collection here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com ...read more
  • In this chapter from Microsoft® Visual C#® 2013 Step by Step , you will learn to declare, create, populate and use an array, access and individual array element, iterate through an array. After completing this chapter, you will be able to: Declaring and creating an array Populating and using an array Accessing an individual array element Iterating through an array You have already seen how to create and use variables of many different types. However, all the examples of variables you have seen so far have one thing in common—they hold information about a single item (an int , a float , a Circle , a Date , and so on). What happens if you need to manipulate a set of items? One solution is to create a variable for each item in the set ...read more
  • The Liskov substitution principle (LSP) is a collection of guidelines for creating inheritance hierarchies in which a client can reliably use any class or subclass without compromising the expected behavior. This chapter from Adaptive Code via C#: Agile coding with design patterns and SOLID principles explains what the LSP is and how to avoid breaking its rules. After completing this chapter, you will be able to Understand the importance of the Liskov substitution principle. Avoid breaking the rules of the Liskov substitution principle. Further solidify your single responsibility principle and open/closed principle habits. Create derived classes that honor the contracts of their base classes. Use code contracts to implement preconditions, postconditions, and data invariants. Write correct exception ...read more
  • We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-247 Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud (ISBN 9780735686182), by Orin Thomas. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Shop local Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-247—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of configuring and deploying a private cloud with Microsoft System Center 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: • Design and deploy System Center • Configure System Center infrastructure • Configure ...read more
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  • SharePoint 2013 gives you more options, but it also requires you to make more choices, and it is important to make deliberate and well-informed choices to make sure that you end up with the best solution that you could possibly build for your specific situation and scenario. This chapter from Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2013 talks you through a lot of the choices and can help you make the right decisions. Before you can start building a custom Microsoft SharePoint solution you will have to make sure you set up your development environment correctly. Because the hardware requirements for SharePoint 2013 are again a lot more demanding than they were for SharePoint 2010, setting up a new development environment might well mean that you have to acquire new hardware. There might be quite a bit of ...read more
  • Microsoft Press author, Eric Boyd, taught a session on Performance Tuning Azure SQL Database recently for the AzureConf on Channel 9 on MSDN. This session can be viewed on-demand here:  http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Microsoft-Azure/AzureConf-2014/Performance-Tuning-Microsoft-Azure-SQL-Database . He’ll also be doing a series of Azure DevCamps with Microsoft and, in one of the modules, he will be presenting hands on labs with data and SQL Database. Check them out here: http://www.technetevents.com/clouddevcamps/ Buy his book here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/store/microsoft-azure-sql-database-step-by-step-9780735679429 ...read more
  • This chapter from Microsoft Visual Basic 2013 Step by Step investigates how XAML styles are used to format controls with a consistent and attractive appearance across the user interface. After completing this chapter, you will be able to Understand how XAML styles are used to build attractive-looking user interfaces. Define reusable styles in the App.xaml project file. Reference new styles by using the Style property for controls on the page Build new styles from existing styles using inheritance and the BasedOn property Find the complete chapter here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2224055 . Interested in more free sample chapters? Check out our growing collection here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/ . ...read more
  • We’re pleased to announce the availability of Adaptive Code via C#: Agile coding with design patterns and SOLID principles (ISBN 9780735683204), by Gary McLean Hall. Purchase from these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store Amazon.com Barnes & Noble Independent booksellers – Buy local As every developer knows, requirements are subject to change. But when you build adaptability into your code, you can respond to change more easily and avoid disruptive rework. Focusing on Agile programming, this book describes the best practices, principles, and patterns that enable you to create flexible, adaptive code—and deliver better business value. Expert guidance to bridge the gap between theory and practice • Get grounded in Scrum: artifacts, roles, metrics, phases ...read more
  • This chapter from Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Internals looks at how SQL Server stores data that doesn’t use the typical FixedVar record format and data that doesn’t fit into the usual 8 KB data page. Click here to read this chapter: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2225060 . Interested in more free sample chapters? Check out our growing collection here: https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/ . ...read more