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Get Started with Office 365

  • By Blain BartonJun 24, 2015
  • Office 365, one of the public cloud-based services offered by Microsoft, is a software as a service (SaaS) suite that includes not only the personal computer versions of Office, but also mobile versions and the server services needed to connect them. If you’re ready to learn more about Office 365, this chapter from Microsoft Public Cloud Services: Setting up your business in the cloud will give you a great overview.
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Design Microsoft Azure Infrastructure and Networking

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Microsoft Public Cloud Services: What the Cloud Can Do for Your Business

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Supporting the Operating System and Application Installation for Windows 8.1

  • By Joli BallewJul 31, 2014
  • In this chapter from Exam Ref 70-688: Supporting Windows 8.1, you’ll learn how to support various operating system installations that are, for the most part, already in place, ranging from the most basic Windows 8.1 installations to native virtual hard disks to specialty Windows installations unique to a single enterprise. You’ll learn how to support desktop apps in many ways, too, including how to run those apps in virtual, cloud, or remote environments when running them on each workstation isn’t ideal. Finally, you’ll learn how network administrators can make their own apps available to users in a process called sideloading.
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Automating Windows 8.1 Configuration

  • By William StanekNov 15, 2013
  • This chapter from Windows 8.1 Administration Pocket Consultant: Essentials & Configuration introduces essential tasks for understanding and managing Group Policy preferences.
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Introduction to Windows 8.1 Administration

  • By William StanekNov 15, 2013
  • This chapter from Windows 8.1 Administration Pocket Consultant: Essentials & Configuration covers getting started with Windows 8.1 and the fundamental tasks you need for Windows 8.1 administration.
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Keeping Windows 8.1 Safe and Secure

  • By Ciprian Rusen, Joli BallewNov 15, 2013
  • In this chapter from Windows 8.1 Step by Step, you’ll learn how the UAC works, how to tweak it, and why you should never turn it off. In addition, you’ll learn the basics of working with Windows Firewall to secure your network and Internet traffic and about the new and improved Windows Defender and how to use it to keep your system safe from viruses and spyware. Finally, you’ll learn how to improve your passwords to make it more difficult for unwanted people to use the Internet to access your Microsoft account, your email, and other important accounts.
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Viewing Pictures and Video in Windows 8.1

  • By Joli Ballew, Nancy MuirNov 15, 2013
  • This chapter from Windows 8.1 Plain & Simple shows you how to use the Photos app, Video app, and Camera app that come with Windows 8.1.
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Application Life-cycle Management in Windows 8

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How to Install and Upgrade Windows 8

  • By Mike Halsey, Andrew BettanyApr 15, 2013
  • This chapter from Exam Ref 70-687: Configuring Windows 8 shows how to plan effectively for installing or migrating to Windows 8, how to install the operating system in a trouble-free manner, and how to migrate user files, settings, and programs to the new operating system.
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Developing Cloud Applications with Windows Azure Storage: Blobs

  • By Paul MehnerMar 15, 2013
  • Paul Mehner offers a thorough understanding of how to securely perform data operations against the blob storage service.
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Creating Your First Windows 8 Application

  • By Michael HalvorsonDec 15, 2012
  • In this chapter from Start Here! Learn Microsoft Visual Basic 2012, you’ll learn how to create your first Windows 8 application from scratch.
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An Administrator's Guide to Customizing the Desktop and the User Interface for Windows 8

  • By William StanekSep 15, 2012
  • Learn how to help your users adjust PC settings, the taskbar, toolbars, desktop themes and backgrounds, custom desktop content, screen savers, and display appearance and settings, in this chapter from Windows 8 Administration Pocket Consultant.
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Introduction to Windows 8 Administration

  • By William StanekSep 15, 2012
  • This chapter from Windows 8 Administration Pocket Consultant covers getting started with Windows 8 and the fundamental tasks you need for Windows 8 administration, including understanding 64-bit computing, deploying, installing, and running Windows 8, and Windows 8 architecture.
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MCTS 70-680 Rapid Review: Installing, Upgrading, and Migrating to Windows 7

  • By Orin ThomasMar 15, 2012
  • This chapter reviews the objectives of MCTS Exam 70-680, including how to perform a clean installation, upgrade to Windows 7 from previous versions of Windows, and migrate user profiles.
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Customizing the Windows 7 Interface

  • By William StanekSep 16, 2011
  • Learn how to customize your Windows 7 interface, including tips on working with the Start menu and taskbar.
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Adding, Removing, and Managing Programs in Windows 7

  • By Ed Bott, Carl Siechert, Craig StinsonJul 15, 2011
  • In this chapter from Windows 7 Inside Out, Deluxe Edition, learn the hoops and hurdles and everything else having to do with the addition, removal, updating, and management of applications in Windows 7. You'll also explore Windows XP Mode, a free download for Windows 7 (Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate) that can let you run legacy applications that can’t run directly in Windows 7.
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Advanced Diagnostic Tools in Windows 7

  • By Mike HalseyOct 25, 2010
  • In this chapter from Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out, Mike Halsey covers some of the advanced tools that come with Windows 7, describing the features and capabilities of each one and explaining how you can use them to help you troubleshoot your Windows 7 system.
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MCITP Self-Paced Training: Troubleshooting Software Issues in Windows 7

  • By J.C. Mackin, Tony NorthrupMar 15, 2010
  • This chapter from MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-685): Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Support Technician looks at the various causes of software errors and provide strategies for how to resolve them.
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Monitoring and Performance in Windows 7

  • By Ian McLean, Orin ThomasOct 21, 2009
  • This chapter from MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows 7 (Corrected Reprint Edition) looks at monitoring resources and performance on a computer running Windows 7. It considers the various tools that tell you what resources are available on a computer and report problems encountered in using a resource. The chapter discusses performance monitoring, establishing baselines and logs, and determining where bottlenecks might occur before they happen. It looks at checking the potential of the computer to perform resource-intensive tasks and how to capture both local events and events on other computers.

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