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Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals
Ed Bott
October 2013
140 pages

Get a head start evaluating Windows 8.1—with early technical insights from award-winning journalist and Windows expert Ed Bott. This guide introduces new features and capabilities, providing a practical, high-level overview for IT professionals ready to begin deployment planning now.

Windows Server 2012 R2
Mitch Tulloch
November 2013
242 pages

Based on final Windows Server 2012 R2 release-to-manufacturing (RTM) software, this guide introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario-based advice on how the platform can meet the needs of your business. Get the high-level overview you need to begin preparing your deployment now.


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Azure for IT Professionals
Mitch Tulloch
October 2013
142 pages

Get a high-level overview of Windows Azure—and get a running start with this flexible cloud platform. Designed for IT professionals, this guide introduces core features and functionality, with technical insights and advice from a Microsoft MVP and members of the Windows Azure team.

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Microsoft Azure HDInsight
Avkash Chauhan
May 2014
130 pages

Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight covers what big data really means, and how you can use it to your advantage in your company or organization. We start with an overview of big data and Hadoop, but we don’t emphasize only concepts in this book—we want you to jump in and get your hands dirty working with HDInsight in a practical way.


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Microsoft SQL Server 2014
Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner
April 2014
125 pages

The authors explain how SQL Server 2014 incorporates in-memory technology to boost performance in online transactional processing (OLTP) and data-warehouse solutions. They also describe how it eases the transition from on-premises solutions to the cloud with added support for hybrid environments.

Microsoft System Center 2012
Mitch Tulloch and S. Perriman
January 2014
180 pages

Get a high-level overview of System Center 2012 R2—and get a running start transforming your datacenter and cloud-optimizing your business. This guide introduces core features and functionality, with technical advice and under-the-hood insights.


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Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript
Kraig Brockschmidt
April 2014
1,311 pages

The second edition of Kraig Brockschmidt’s in-depth ebook on writing Windows Store apps using HTML, CSS3, and JavaScript on the Windows 8.1 platform. The ebook includes 20 chapters and 4 appendices. We’re delighted to welcome you into a world of Windows Reimagined!

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.NET Technology Guide for Business Applications
Cesar de la Torre and D. Carmona
November 2013
69 pages

This guide will help you select the right Microsoft development technologies and approaches for your custom .NET application development, depending on the priorities you have for your application and business domain. It is targeted to decision makers, software architects, development leads, and developers.