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Volume 14, Issue 22 | October 3, 2012

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Try Windows Server 2012 on Windows Azure Free for 90 Days

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Free Windows 8 eBook Preview from Microsoft Press

We're happy to release the second preview of our free ebook Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, by Kraig Brockschmidt. The second preview (PDF only) is 13.5 MB.

New Subscriptions for the New Office

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MVA: Learn How to Enable the Consumerization of IT
This Microsoft Virtual Academy course can help you responsibly enable the consumerization of IT inside your company, and features specific scenarios such as configuring mobile device management in System Center Configuration Manager 2012.

White Paper: Designing Reliable Cloud Services
The paper covers the fundamental concepts of reliability and provides insight into how Microsoft is thinking about this topic and how organizations and teams might work together to improve cloud service reliability.

Visual Studio 2012 Trial Software and Language Packs
Bring your ideas to life with Visual Studio Professional 2012 and the tools you need to create professional multi-tier apps across multiple platforms.

Forrester: Windows Server 2012 Worth the Wait
Forrester's Richard Fichera says the new Windows Server 2012 lives up to its hype, calling the OS a "major step-function in capabilities aligned with several major strategic trends for both Microsoft and the rest of the industry."

Virtual Lab: Introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines
In this virtual lab, you will learn how to deploy a simple ASP.NET MVC4 web application to a web server hosted in Windows Azure, using SQL Server and configuring load balancing.

TechNet Radio: Windows Azure Virtual Machine Overview
Yung Chou kicks off this special edition Windows Azure series, covering the basics of cloud computing and how this recent release will greatly impact IT pros. Tune in as he explains the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) model and how this new functionality within Azure will allow for full control and management of your virtual machine and networking environment.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Beta Available for Download
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 has released to beta. Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 includes the introduction of the GP web client, 125+ functionality enhancements for our 43,000+ existing customers, and extends the rich integration Dynamics GP has with the Microsoft stack.

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Mitch IrsfeldEditor's Note

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Mitch Irsfeld

Time to Give Windows Azure a Look

Microsoft recently made it very easy to see your own potential for moving to the cloud. With the free Windows Azure 90-day trial offer, you can test numerous scenarios, from deploying and managing applications to running Windows Server or Linux virtual machines, and more.

As Bob Hunt noted in his blog post Windows Azure for the IT Pro, Microsoft has primarily marketed Windows Azure to developers. But that has changed....

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Windows 8 Admin Pocket Consultant
Portable and precise, this pocket-sized guide delivers ready answers for administering computers running Windows 8.

New Jump Start: Upgrading Skills to Windows Server 2012
Mark your calendar for this free, two-day online Jump Start course, October 23 - 24, 2012. An accelerated course that will walk you through new features and functionality in Windows Server 2012, it maps directly to Microsoft Certification Exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2012.

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Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure IaaS IT Camps
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