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Volume 14, Issue 14 | June 27, 2012

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Preview Edition: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

This first preview contains the first four chapters of what we expect will be an 18-chapter e-book. In the summer we'll release a second preview version, which will contain 8 - 12 chapters. In the fall, we'll release the final version. Also watch for Introducing Windows 8: A Product Preview for the Network Administrator, coming out in late summer.

Free E-Book Offer: Introducing Windows Server 2012

For IT professionals looking for an early, high-level view of Windows Server 2012, there's no better resource than this Microsoft Press e-book. Based on the beta release, this guide introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario-based insights demonstrating how the platform can meet the needs of your business.

See the Entire List of Free E-Books from Microsoft Press

Be sure the check this blog periodically, as new books get added. Many of our free e-books are offered in three formats - PDF, Mobi (Kindle), and epub. Check out the Microsoft Press Deal of the Day.

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New Book: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Business Connectivity Services
Led by SharePoint experts Penelope Coventry, Brett Lonsdale, and Phill Duffy, you'll learn how to access external data from several sources and make informed decisions based on what you retrieve.

New Server and Tools Blogs Network
The new network is designed to give you a morning or afternoon briefing that you can use to catch up on the news and technical information from Microsoft and its blogging community. Give us five to ten minutes, and we'll keep you up on Microsoft and connect you to its best minds.

E-Book: Solutions for Private, Public, and Hybrid Clouds
Make sure to read chapter one for information on why cloud computing is the most efficient and cost-effective way to deliver computing resources to users according to your business needs.

Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine Online
Find daily information and news for MCPs. The site delivers technical and career information, forums, certification book reviews, and live chats with experts on exam, career, and Windows implementation issues.

Free E-Book: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Learn about the new features and capabilities of SQL Server 2012, which Microsoft released to manufacturing (RTM) on March 6, 2012.

Free E-Book: Programming Windows Phone 7
With 24 chapters - about 1,000 pages - this book is a gift from the Windows Phone 7 team at Microsoft, showing you the basics of writing applications for Windows Phone 7 using the C# programming language with the Silverlight and XNA 2D frameworks.

E-Book: Configure Kerberos Authentication for SharePoint 2010 Products
Download this e-book to learn about the concepts of identity in SharePoint 2010 Products and how Kerberos authentication plays a critical role.

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Free E-Book: Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime
This book shows you how you can use cloud computing - specifically, Office 365 - to get more done, collaborate more easily, and work more flexibly than you ever have before.

Most Up-to-Date Windows 8 Info: Building Windows 8 Blog
It's still the most frequently updated source of information on the re-imagined client operating system, with each post detailing the platform, the experience, new features, cool new apps, and announcing important milestones on the road to RTM.

Free E-Book: Deploying Windows 7, Essential Guidance
This release contains 10 chapters from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and six TechNet Magazine articles.

Free E-Book: Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office 2010 Users
Whether downloading documents, publishing a presentation, or collaborating online, this guide offers concise, how-to guidance and best practices to help protect your documents and your ideas.

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Mitch IrsfeldEditor's Note

TechNet Flash Editor
Mitch Irsfeld

Make Time to Read

Ah, summer, the season of hope here in the Puget Sound region, and most of us are hoping we don't have another summer like the last two. So far, the weather is not getting our hopes up, but then we don't have to worry about things like air conditioning and lawn sprinklers… or swim suits and beaches.

But I can dream of lazy hours in the hammock, catching up on my reading. And chances are your climate is already conducive to such activity. So working with our friends over at Microsoft Press, we've put together a great summer reading list, spanning several technologies, with many free e-books in the mix.....

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New: First-Look Clinic and Hands-on Lab for Windows Server 2012
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