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Build Your Windows® 7 Skills with Free Book Chapters

Posted by Rubel Khan on May 1, 2011

Whether you’re using Windows 7 at home, working on a Windows 7 PC at work, or preparing to prove your skills with Microsoft Certification, Microsoft Press offers books to help you build your knowledge. Preview some of the most popular Microsoft Press books on Windows 7 with these free chapter downloads.
Windows 7 Step by Step
Quickly teach yourself the essentials of working with Windows 7.
Chapter 1: Download as PDF |
Chapter 2: Download as PDF |
Windows 7 Inside Out
Discover how the experts tackle Windows 7-and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery!
Chapter 4: Download as PDF |
Chapter 5: Download as PDF |
MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Microsoft® Windows 7
Aid your preparation for this Microsoft Certification exam with two chapters from this training kit.
Chapter 8: Download as PDF |
Chapter 13: Download as PDF |
MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-685): Windows® 7 Enterprise Desktop Support Technician
Explore tools and features designed to help you prepare for this highly valued Microsoft Certification.
Chapters 5 and 8: Download as PDF |


Enjoy and Happy Reading!


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Microsoft Learning training is now available on YouTube!

Posted by Rubel Khan on January 26, 2011

Visit the Microsoft Learning YouTube channel and get free training on Windows 7, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, and other Microsoft products and technologies.  You can now view Microsoft Learning training on the platform and browser of your choice.  The channel offers both standalone videos and playlists.  You can embed videos on your own web site, subscribe to the Microsoft Learning YouTube channel, and access the videos on your mobile phone.  Check out the Microsoft Learning Channel on YouTube to find out more!  Don’t forget you can still get free training through Learning Snacks here.

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Video: "How To" Troubleshooting Videos from Mike Halsey

Posted by Rubel Khan on January 22, 2011

Check out the "How To" troubleshooting videos from Microsoft MVP Mike Halsey, author of "Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out" from Microsoft Press.

You’ll find them at


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Free taste of the Microsoft Certified Career Conference: Windows 7 Cram 4 Exam

Posted by Rubel Khan on January 21, 2011

Thinking about attending the Microsoft Certified Career Conference on February 17th, but want to know what you’re getting into? Here’s your chance to attend a free session that gives you a taste of what’s in store for the whole conference.

Join Microsoft Certified Trainer, Craig Brown, on Monday, January 24th for this Cram 4 Exam session that focuses on what you need to know to get certified and pass the Windows 7 Technology Specialist exam 70-680. Craig will walk you through the objectives that are covered in the exam, give you some general exam taking tips and technology “gotchas” about Windows 7. This session will be your last step in getting ready for this exam.

Take advantage of this free peek into the Microsoft Certified Career Conference. Register for this free session now!

January 24 2011 at  8am Pacific Time (What time is this in my region?)

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Watch Now: Riding the Windows 7 and Office 2010 Wave

Posted by Rubel Khan on January 21, 2011

In case you missed Stephen Rose and the excellent Live Meeting for Managers regarding Windows 7 and Office 2010, you can now view the recording on demand.

Riding the Windows 7 and Office 2010 Wave
Many organizations have not touched their desktop in years, since their original Windows XP deployments. During this time many other important components have changed and progressed. Things are not as simple as replacing Windows XP with Windows 7 — you need an optimized desktop solution to easily take advantage of the new technologies and enable your desktops to be productive long into the future.  Stephen Rose will show you how to weave technologies like Windows 7, Office 2010, the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), and desktop virtualization technologies into a coherent desktop strategy.

Watch Now.,

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2010: A Year in Numbers for Microsoft Certifications

Posted by Rubel Khan on January 15, 2011

English Exams Published:

  • 4 Microsoft Office exams
  • 7 Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA) exams
  • 14 Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) exams
  • 6 Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)exams
  • 3 Upgrade exams
  • 8 Microsoft Certified Masters (MCM)exams
  • 8 Microsoft Dynamics exams
  • 21 beta exams (includes TS, PRO, and MOS betas; how many did you participate in?)
  • Total of 67 exams published in 2010 in English

Exams Published by Language:

  • Chinese: 38
  • Danish: 7
  • Dutch: 4
  • French: 22
  • German: 31
  • Italian: 1
  • Japanese: 33
  • Korean: 8
  • Polish: 1
  • Portuguese: 34
  • Russian: 14
  • Spanish: 13
  • Turkish: 1

Total publications across all languages: 278 (includes beta publications))

Exam Development:

  • 157 SMEs participated in an objective domain session for an exam released in 2010
  • 652 SMEs participated in the blueprinting process for an exam released in 2010
  • 7270 SMEs participated in beta
  • 1508 meal cards used by SMEs participating in exam development sessions in Redmond
  • Average spend per meal card: $7.57 (breakfast burritos!)

SME Database (are you a member yet?):

  • 1029 SMEs joined the database
  • 3690 beta invitations were sent to those SMEs

Questions Created through Community Development Initiative:

What were people being certified on in 2010?

  • Across all MS certifications: Microsoft Certified Application Specialist on Office Word 2007
  • Within our technical certifications: MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration
  • By technology: Office 2003, Office 2007, and Windows Server 2008

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New Microsoft Exams (English Language Only) released within last 6 months!

Posted by Rubel Khan on December 30, 2010

Microsoft is committed to offering certifications that are relevant, valued, and respected indicators of IT professional and developer technology skills. To fulfill this commitment, the Microsoft Certification team continually monitors industry trends and adjusts exams and standards accordingly, developing new exams to ensure that certification requirements keep pace with technology updates.

The following table lists new exams, beginning with those most recently released. Follow the links to the corresponding exam preparation guides to learn about the skills measured and credits you can earn toward certification.

Exams released in November 2010

Preparation guide

PowerPoint 2010 (English)

Exam 77-883

Exams released in October 2010

Preparation guide

Upgrade: Transition your MCPD .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Developer Skills to MCPD .NET 4 Windows Applications Developer (English)

Exam 70-521

Upgrade: Transition your MCPD .NET Framework 3.5 Web Developer Skills to MCPD .NET Framework 4 Web Developer (English)

Exam 70-523

Exams released in September 2010

Preparation guide

TS: Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deploying (English)

Exam 70-681

Exams released in August 2010

Preparation guide

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Financials (English)

Exam MB3-859

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Project Series (English)

Exam MB3-860

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Installation & Configuration (English)

Exam MB3-861

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Inventory & Order Processing (English)

Exam MB3-862

Exams released in July 2010

Preparation guide

TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development (English)

Exam 70-573

PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications (English)

Exam 70-576

TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring (English)

Exam 70-667

PRO: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Administrator (English)

Exam 70-668

Software Development Fundamentals (English)

Exam 98-361

Windows Development Fundamentals (English)

Exam 98-362

Web Development Fundamentals (English)

Exam 98-363

Database Fundamentals (English)

Exam 98-364

Windows Server Administration Fundamentals (English)

Exam 98-365

Networking Fundamentals (English)

Exam 98-366

Security Fundamentals (English)

Exam 98-367

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Microsoft Press ebook giveaways (updated Summary)

Posted by Rubel Khan on October 11, 2010

After the release of Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 in September, here’s an updated list of some of Microsoft’s free ebooks:

Free ebook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (10 chapters by by Patrice Pelland, Pascal Paré, and Ken Haines)

Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (10 chapters by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner)

Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series (DRAFT Preview) (6 chapters by Charles Petzold)

Free ebook: Petzold’s Programming Windows Phone 7 (Special Excerpt 2) (newer than the ebook above; 11 chapters by Charles Petzold)

Free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft (8 chapters by Katherine Murray)

Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition) (6 chapters by Mitch Tulloch)

Free ebook: First Look Microsoft Office 2010 (14 chapters by Katherine Murray)

Free ebook: Windows 7 troubleshooting tips (short ebook by Mitch Tulloch)

Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 (9 chapters by Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker)

Free ebook: Deploying Windows 7, Essential Guidance (10 chapters from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and 6 TechNet articles)

Microsoft Press hopes there’s something in this list for you to use and enjoy.

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CompTIA A+ exams will be updated with Windows 7 content

Posted by Rubel Khan on September 29, 2010

CompTIA Press Releases: Sep 28, 2010

CompTIA A+ Certification Exam Update Planned with New Content on Windows 7 Operating System

New content will be added to existing exams in January 2011

Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., September 28, 2010CompTIA, the leading provider of vendor neutral skills certifications for information technology (IT) professionals, announced today it will update its flagship CompTIA A+ certification exams with new content related to the Windows 7 operating system.
The Windows 7 content will be integrated into existing CompTIA A+ exams beginning in January 2011.
"The ever accelerating technology adoption curve places increasing importance on the need to continually update the skills of the high-tech workforce," said Terry Erdle, senior vice president, skills certification, CompTIA. "CompTIA is committed to helping IT professionals keep their skills current and fresh through regular updates of the content of our certification exams."
The changes were recommended by the CompTIA A+ Certification Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from ASI Electronics, HP, Lenovo, Ricoh, Sharp and other organizations that support the certification.
Introduced in 2009, Windows 7 is the latest release in a series of operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs and media center PCs.
Windows 7 content will be added to both tests required to achieve CompTIA A+ certification: CompTIA A+ Essentials (220-701) and CompTIA A+ Practical Application (220-702).
The new content will appear in the following objective domains:

  • CompTIA A+ Essentials (220-701) – Objective Domains 3.0 (Operating Systems) and 4.0 (Software and Networking)
  • CompTIA A+ Practical Application (220-702) – Objective Domains 2.0 (Operating Systems) and 4.0 (Security).

The new content will be added as a rolling change to the existing exams beginning in January 2011. Training providers and courseware publishers have been notified of the upcoming changes and are making any necessary adjustments to their existing programs.

"CompTIA A+ delivers a comprehensive measurement of the core skills and knowledge that are universal for any IT technician, regardless of job role or responsibility," Erdle said. "It’s recognized throughout the industry as the best credential an individual can obtain to launch a career in IT."
CompTIA A+ certification is an ISO/ANSI accredited exam that validates competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security, troubleshooting, customer service and communications. More than 750,000 people worldwide have become CompTIA A+ certified since the program’s inception in 1993.

CompTIA certifications are globally recognized in the private and public sectors and are required or recommended by many employers, certifying and educational bodies. Because all CompTIA certifications are vendor-neutral, they’re relevant across multiple networks, operating systems and product lines; and they equip IT workers with greater versatility and a broader set of business and technical skills. More than 1.85 million CompTIA certifications have been awarded to IT professionals around the world.

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Learning Plan for the IT Generalist

Posted by Rubel Khan on September 6, 2010

This learning plan is intended to help IT generalists, CIOs and other IT decision makers learn about the latest line of Microsoft server technologies; including:
– Windows 7
– Windows Server 2008 R2
– Microsoft Exchange 2010
– Microsoft Forefront
– Microsoft System Center
– Microsoft SQL Server
– Microsoft SharePoint 2010

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