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Save 40-50% In Celebration of Windows 8

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

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

Free Ebook: 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.

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

Windows Server 2012's Data Deduplication feature

From the MVPs: 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.

Hyper-V Blitz (hv_blitz) Inventory Tool From the MVPs: 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.

Windows 8 for IT Pros

Free Jump Start course: 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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Mike Halsey

Free Webcasts: Meet Experts Online

Getting Started with Windows 8
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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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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