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The TechNet team helps you polish up your career skills

Rachel Collier Hello TechNet Flash Reader,

Welcome to your fortnightly TechNet injection. This newsletter we’re talking critical IT pro career paths over on
the website, so check in to get some excellent guidance, much of which is focused on helping you adopt new skills in the face of cloud computing.

I asked Simon May and Andrew Fryer, our men on the ground, to put together an
indispensible list of key skills that will help your career survive and thrive as businesses start to move services to the cloud. Have a read over on the blog.

Elsewhere in the world of TechNet there’s a great new Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference out, penned by Mark Russinovich and Aaron Margosis. Get an excerpt from this official guide to the Sysinternals tools, along with some words from Mark on the
Microsoft Press blog. There’s a good intro to the book over on Channel 9, too. Also check out David Solomon Expert Seminars Windows OS Internals & Sysinternals training, taking place on 12 September in London. 20% off for newsletter readers!

Finally, keep up to date with Windows 8 engineering over on the new
Building Windows 8 blog.

Enjoy this fortnight’s read.

Rachel Collier
Editor, TechNet Flash


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Top Skills for the IT Pro

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Andrew Fryer & Simon May
Microsoft UK IT Pro Evangelists

Rachel has asked us to identify the key skills that will help your career survive and thrive as businesses start to transition some or all of their services to the cloud. We aren’t suggesting you learn all of these, but if you focus on at least one technology plus the ‘soft’ skills below your future will be more secure as a result. We’ve also pulled in some resources to get you started.

Hear from the guys in full over on the blog..
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