Windows Phone 7 for iPhone Developers
If you've been developing for the competitive iPhone marketplace, this book will help you leverage your iOS skills on a fast-growing new platform: Windows Phone 7 (WP7). If you're a .NET programmer, it will help you build advanced WP7 mobile solutions that reflect valuable lessons learned by iOS developers. If you're a mobile development manager, it offers indispensable insights for planning cross-platform projects.

Hoffman's practical insights extend into every facet of WP7 development: building user interfaces; hardware and device services; WP7's unique Application Tiles; Push Notifications; the Phone Execution Model, local storage, smart clients, Model-View-View Model (MVVM) design, security, social gaming, testing, debugging, deployment, and more. A pleasure to read and packed with realistic examples, this is the most useful WP7 development book you can find. more »
Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Support Technician
This Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) 70-685 Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Support Technician, Revised First Edition fully prepares your students as they master the necessary skills for their MOAC Windows Server MCTS certification exams. This new edition contains a large number of new labs with an even greater emphasis on the troubleshooting tasks that students will encounter as they learn the skills of a desktop support technician. The labs will continue to support their corresponding textbook lessons and will provide students the opportunity to explore Windows 7 troubleshooting issues in great detail. more »
Building a Windows IT Infrastructure in the Cloud
Run your entire corporate IT infrastructure in a cloud environment that you control completely - and do it inexpensively and securely with help from this hands-on book. All you need to get started is basic IT experience.

You'll learn how to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to build a private Windows domain, complete with Active Directory, enterprise email, instant messaging, IP telephony, automated management, and other services. more »
Cloud Architecture Patterns
If your team is investigating ways to design applications for the cloud, this concise book introduces 11 architecture patterns that can help you take advantage of cloud-platform services. You'll learn how each of these platform-agnostic patterns work, when they might be useful in the cloud, and what impact they'll have on your application architecture. You'll also see an example of each pattern applied to an application built with Windows Azure.

The patterns are organized into four major topics, such as scalability and handling failure, and primer chapters provide background on each topic. With the information in this book, you'll be able to make informed decisions for designing effective cloud-native applications that maximize the value of cloud services, while also paying attention to user experience and operational efficiency. more »
Windows Server 2008 Inside Out
Learn how to conquer Windows Server 2008 - from the inside out! Designed for system administrators, this definitive resource features hundreds of timesaving solutions, expert insights, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds for administering Windows Server 2008 - all in concise, fast-answer format. You will learn how to perform upgrades and migrations, automate deployments, implement security features, manage software updates and patches, administer users and accounts, manage Active Directory directory services, and more. With INSIDE OUT, you'll discover the best and fastest ways to perform core administrative tasks, with an award-winning format that makes it easy to find exactly the tips, troubleshooting solutions, and workarounds you need. With INSIDE OUT, you get all muscle and no fluff! more »
Troubleshoot and Optimize Windows 8 Inside Out
You're beyond the basics, so dive right into optimizing Windows® 8—and really put your PC or tablet to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting techniques, and workarounds. It's all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts keep their Windows 8 systems running smoothly - and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery. more »
Windows Internals, Part 2, 6th Edition
Delve inside Windows architecture and internals - and see how core components work behind the scenes. Led by three renowned internals experts, this classic guide is fully updated for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 - and now presents its coverage in two volumes.

As always, you get critical insider perspectives on how Windows operates. And through hands-on experiments, you'll experience its internal behavior firsthand - knowledge you can apply to improve application design, debugging, system performance, and support. more »
Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, 2nd Preview
Writing a book like this has always been a journey of exploration for myself, and I'm truly grateful that I also have the opportunity to share the results with you. The process has involved many discussions with the Windows engineering team who created the platform, often taking me into far-off corners of the galaxy, so to speak. I've also been doing my best to follow app-building discussions both within Microsoft, on the MSDN forums, and StackOverflow so that I can try to anticipate and answer questions that will likely arise in your own mind. And with this over-abundance of information and experience, my goal has been to pull together a narrative story from start to finish, blazing a single trail through what can seem at times like a thick jungle. I would love to hear from you how successful I've been at this endeavor. more »
Programming with the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit
Create rich experiences for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 Developer Preview with this pragmatic guide to the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK). The author, a developer evangelist for Microsoft, walks you through Kinect sensor technology and the SDK - providing hands-on insights for how to add gesture and posture recognition to your apps. If you're skilled in C# and Windows Presentation Foundation, you'll learn how to integrate Kinect in your applications and begin writing UIs and controls that can handle Kinect interaction. more »
Windows 8 Step by Step
Experience learning made easy - and quickly teach yourself how to use Windows 8. With Step by Step, you set the pace - building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! Set up a home network, browse the web, and use your email; Use multi-touch gestures on your touchscreen devices; Manage your files with Microsoft SkyDrive; Play music and movies, and share your photos and videos; Download apps and games from the Windows Store; Help secure your computer and prevent common problems. more »