Tag: MSPress


I just go an email saying that the MSPress.com.au site is moving to a new address http://computer.bookcentre.com.au/ and to celebrate this new site they are offering 30% all books from their over 3000 titles until the end of the month.

“This new site offers over 3000 titles from UK, US, European & Indian IT publishers. Featuring leading brands such as O’Reilly, APress, No Starch, Murach and many others including, of course, Microsoft Press.”

To take advantage of this discount just use the code “MSPRESS” when you check-out to receive your discount.

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image The Microsoft Australia Press Shop is currently having a MASIVE sale with 50% OFF ALL BOOKS before the end of financial year (June 30th). To claim you discount for this incredible deal simply use the checkout code EOFYS10 and the discount will automatically be applied to your cart.

If you do live in Australia remember that even after this great deal is over the Microsoft Press Shop will always price match any book you can buy from Amazon (with conversion and shipping) with their Amazon Price Match Promise. I have always found their service to be excellent and the delivery has always been within two days as their warehouse is based locally in Sydney.

If you are having trouble what title you are after then I highly recommend the Configuring Windows 7 Self-Paced Training Kit for MCTS Exam 70-680 by fellow Australia MVP Orin Thomas & Ian McLean. Even if you are not planning to do the exam that this book is written for it is still a great guide for anyone who wants to brush up on what is new in Windows 7.

The other great think I love about MS Press books is they come with a PDF version which you can now copy to your iPad or iPhone and read in iBook’s which recently enabled native PDF support (see below).


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Microsoft have just release another free eBook called “Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner!”. This is a good sign that SQL Server 2008 R2 is also getting very close to RTM…

The book contains 10 chapters and 216 pages, like so:9780735693883f_2 

PART I   Database Administration

CHAPTER 1   SQL Server 2008 R2 Editions and Enhancements
CHAPTER 2   Multi-Server Administration
CHAPTER 3   Data-Tier Applications
CHAPTER 4   High Availability and Virtualization Enhancements
CHAPTER 5   Consolidation and Monitoring

PART II   Business Intelligence Development

CHAPTER 6   Scalable Data Warehousing
CHAPTER 7   Master Data Services
CHAPTER 8   Complex Event Processing with StreamInsight
CHAPTER 9   Reporting Services Enhancements
CHAPTER 10   Self-Service Analysis with PowerPivot 

As myself am an IT Pro but I have not used SQL Server since SQL 2005 however but the Part 1 of this book looks like it will be brilliant for me to get up-to speed on the new features of SQL Server 2008 R2.

Download the book for yourself from here Microsoft Press : Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

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Charles Petzold has just released a draft preview of his MSPress eBook called “Programming Windows Phone 7 Series” for public download.


The chapters offered in the free download of the book are:

Part I   Getting Started

  • Chapter 1   Phone Hardware + Your Software
  • Chapter 2   Hello, Windows Phone

Part II   Silverlight

  • Chapter 3   Code and XAML
  • Chapter 4   Presentation and Layout

Part III   XNA

  • Chapter 5   Principles of Movement
  • Chapter 6   Textures and Sprites

I hope that this will help add some more advanced functionality to my first Windows Phone 7 application (see video below).

Download the book from Microsoft Press : Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series (DRAFT Preview)

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Get your FREE Microsoft Press eBook

9780735693821f_2 Microsoft Press have another bargain for everyone, this time they are giving away a eBook called “Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions”. This book pretty much give an overview of all the Microsoft Virtualisations technologies and how they can be used in your environment.

Here is a chapter overview of what you get in the book.

Chapter 1: Why Virtualization?
Chapter 2: Server Virtualization (Hyper-V)
Chapter 3: Local Desktop Virtualisation (Med-V & App-V)
Chapter 4: Remote Desktop Virtualization (VDI & RDS)
Chapter 5: Virtualization Management (SCVMM)
Chapter 6: Cloud Computing (Azure)

What is really nice is that you don’t need to register to download the books so to download all 466 pages of this virtualisation goodness click the links below.

PDF Version
XPS Version

Source: Microsoft Press : Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions

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