Free Books from Microsoft Press

1 – Programming Windows Phone 7

Programming Windows Phone 7 by Charles Petzold

This book is divided into three parts. The first part discusses basic concepts of Windows Phone 7 programming using example programs that target both Silverlight and the XNA framework. It is likely that many Windows Phone 7 developers will choose either one platform or the other, but I think it’s important for all developers who have at least a little knowledge of the alternative to their chosen path.

The second part of this book focuses entirely on Silverlight, and the third part on XNA 2D. For your convenience, the chapters in each part build upon previous knowledge in a progressive tutorial narrative, and hence are intended to be read sequentially.

2 – Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 was written with three audiences in mind: Part I is for developers moving from Visual Studio 2003 to Visual Studio 2010, Part II is for developers moving from Visual Studio 2005 and Part III is for developers moving from Visual Studio 2008.

Here’s a little bit about the authors: Ken Haines is a software development engineer at Microsoft, working in the Consumer and Online Division. He has a passion for distributed applications in the cloud and strives to help customers and partners find the right solution for their needs.

3 – Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

This book is for anyone who has an interest in SQL Server 2008 R2 and wants to understand its capabilities. In a book of this size, we cannot cover every feature that distinguishes SQL Server from other databases, and consequently we assume that you have some familiarity with SQL Server already.

You might be a database administrator (DBA), an application developer, a power user, or a technical decision maker. Regardless of your role, we hope that you can use this book to discover the features in SQL Server 2008 R2 that are most beneficial to you.

4 – Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

If you want to learn more about latest Microsoft virtualisation technologies, so that you can differentiate your Hyper-V from your Remote Desktop Services, then this’s the job.

It covers Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Application Virtualization 4.5, Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, and Microsoft’s private and public cloud computing platforms including Windows Azure.

5 – Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft

Own Your Future Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft

In this book, students will find a wealth of Microsoft resources they can use to identify the technology skills they need, and gather knowledge and experience to help them take charge of their careers.

Here at Microsoft, we care about students’ career success and hope these resources will open doors to learning that will lead them to better opportunities and a deeper understanding of the way technology continues to change and improve the ways people work—both here in the U.S. and around the world.

6 – Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

This book is targeted primarily at Windows server administrators who are responsible for hands-on deployment and day-to-day management of Windows-based servers for large organizations. Windows server administrators manage file and print servers, network infrastructure servers, Web servers, and IT application servers.

They use graphical administration tools as their primary interface but also use Windows PowerShell commandlets and occasionally write Windows PowerShell scripts for routine tasks and bulk operations. They conduct most server management tasks remotely by using Terminal Server or administration tools installed on their local workstation.

7 – First Look Microsoft Office 2010

First Look Microsoft Office 2010

This book introduces you to the changes in Office 2010 and shows you how you can make the most of the new features to fit the way you work today. Chapter 1, “Welcome to Office 2010,” gives you a play-by-play introduction to new features.

Chapter 2, “Express Yourself Effectively and Efficiently,” details the great feature enhancements and visual effects throughout the applications; and Chapter 3, “Work Anywhere with Office 2010,” explores the flexibility factor by presenting a set of scenarios that enable users to complete their work no matter where their path takes them and so on.

8 – Deploying Windows 7, Essential Guidance

Deploying Windows 7

Deploying Windows 7 Essential Guidance from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and Microsoft TechNet Magazine. Looking for guidance specific to Windows 7 deployment?

Check out what the industry’s leading experts have to say in this free Microsoft Press eBook with selected chapters from the Windows 7 Resource Kit on Deployment Platforms, Planning, Testing Application Compatability, and 8 Common Issues in Windows 7 Migrations

Source : http://microsoftfeed.com/2011/free-books-from-microsoft-press/

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