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Oct. '12 Issue:

  • New Books
  • Celebrating Windows 8
  • News from the MVPs
  • Free Courses, Webcasts + More
  • Chakra, V8, JavaScript, Open Source


New Books:

Microsoft Press

Windows� Internals, Part 2 Windows® Internals, Part 2, Sixth Edition

CLR via C# CLR via C#, Fourth Edition

Inside Microsoft Dynamics� AX 2012 Inside Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2012

Programming with the Kinect��� for Windows�� Software Development Kit Programming with the Kinect™ for Windows® Software Development Kit


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Microsoft� SQL Server� 2012 Integration Services Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Integration Services

Building Web Applications with SVG Building Web Applications with SVG

Windows� 8 Step by Step Windows® 8 Step by Step

Windows� 8 Administration Pocket Consultant Windows® 8 Administration Pocket Consultant

Windows� 8 for Tablets Plain & Simple Windows® 8 for Tablets Plain & Simple

Windows� 8 Plain & Simple Windows® 8 Plain & Simple

Exam Ref 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server� 2012 Exam Ref 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server® 2012

Exam Ref 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server� 2012 Exam Ref 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server® 2012

Windows Server� 2012 Pocket Consultant Windows Server® 2012 Pocket Consultant

Introducing Windows Server� 2012 RTM Edition Introducing Windows Server® 2012 RTM Edition

Start Here!��� Learn JavaScript Start Here!™ Learn JavaScript

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Save 40-50% In Celebration of Windows 8

Take Advantage of this Exclusive Offer on Windows 8 Books Save 40-50% In Celebration of Windows 8

The waiting is over and Windows 8 is here—now it's time to put it to work. Whether your goal is to understand Windows 8 straight out of the box, fine-tune and troubleshoot it, or develop apps, you'll find the right amount of expert guidance in these Windows 8 titles. For one week only, SAVE 40-50% on these select books and jumpstart your Windows 8 expertise.
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News & Commentary

Free Ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Preview Edition)

Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Preview Edition) The Windows 8 operating system is the newest member of the Microsoft Windows family. It differs from earlier Windows releases as much for what it does not change as for what it does change. That is, the features that IT pros loved about Windows 7 are still there in Windows 8—just better. The same keyboard shortcuts, management tools, security features, and deployment options are available in Windows 8. But in many cases, Windows 8 improves them in intuitive and significant ways. Some examples are the ribbon in File Explorer and faster disk encryption when using BitLocker Drive Encryption. This book describes these enhancements plus many of the new features in Windows 8.

Download the PDF version of the book here.

If you prefer a hard copy of the final book, you can order it here for $14.99.

From the MVPs: Windows Server 2012's Data Deduplication feature
Oct. 22, 2012

Windows Server 2012's Data Deduplication feature With the newly minted Windows Server 2012, one feature of the exhaustive list of under the hood improvements and additions is a Service called Data Deduplication. Finally, a built-in and free tool that is integrated with the operating system is here for us to realize some pretty significant storage savings without the need to make it a capital project. Get instructions on how to install and configure the feature.

From the MVPs: Hyper-V Blitz (hv_blitz) Inventory Tool
Oct. 15, 2012

Hyper-V Blitz (hv_blitz) Inventory Tool "hv_blitz" is a PowerShell script that bears relation in name and intended function to the great "sp_blitz". The goal of hv_blitz is to gather Hyper-V host inventory and output it either to CSV or to the console in a method as fast as possible. The tool is very useful as a consultant because it requires no infrastructure and is fast to run. Learn more about Hyper-V Blitz (hv_blitz) Inventory Tool.

Free Jump Start course: Windows 8 for IT Pros
Oct. 11, 2012

Windows 8 for IT Pros Beyond the new UI, are there any real improvements for IT? How will Windows 8 make IT and the rest of the organization better? Why is the industry reacting differently to this version of Windows? If these are the types of questions you're asking, this Microsoft Jump Start is for you. Register to view the recording.

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Free Webcasts: Meet Experts Online

Getting Started with Windows 8
Mike Halsey Thursday, November 1, 2012
@ 10AM PT San Francisco

So what is this new Windows 8 thing anyway? In this webcast, Mike Halsey MVP, the author of "Windows 8: Out of the Box" will introduce the new Metro interface in Windows 8, show you how to use it and get the best out of it, and help build your confidence with your new computer.
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More upcoming webcasts:

Check out our Webcast page for on-demand videos of past webcasts and more upcoming live events.

Lars Bak and Steve Lucco: Chakra, V8, JavaScript, Open Source

Lars Bak and Steve Lucco: Chakra, V8, JavaScript, Open Source

Technical Fellow Steve Lucco (architect and lead engineer of IE's Chakra JS VM) and Google's V8 and Dart architect Lars Bak discuss JavaScript, from a virtual machine perspective (implementer's view point).

This is a candid technical conversation among two excellent software engineers tasked with making JavaScript run as fast as possible in their respective JS VMs. The conversation also includes a brief discussion on open source technologies.

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