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At Microsoft Press, we create IT books and references for every skill level and across the range of Microsoft technologies. With access to the latest Windows books in print, SQL Server books online, and everything in between, you can learn how to innovate, create and get things done.

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Best Practices

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Software engineers, development managers and others.

Proven software engineering practices from leading industry practitioners.

Emphasis on methodology rather than on specific development tools. Pragmatic approaches to real-world challenges.

Best practices books

Professional Developer

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Intermediate- to advanced-level developers responsible for writing, debugging, testing, deploying and maintaining code.

Core topics and essential techniques for professional developers.

Essential “working developer” reference. Broad coverage. Peer-to-peer approach. Practical coding insights.

Professional developer books

Developer Step by Step

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Experienced programmers new to a particular technology, version or topic. Not for beginners.

Hands-on, step-by-step guide to fundamental tools and techniques.

Learning methodology is sequential; lessons and chapters build on each other. Hands-on exercises with ready-made practice files.

Developer Step by Step books

Exam Ref

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IT professionals and developers preparing for Microsoft Certification exams.

Official Microsoft exam reference, focusing on the critical skills and knowledge measured by a certification exam.

Organised by exam objectives. Features full objective overviews, exam tips, notes and "thought experiments".

Exam Ref books

Inside Out

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Intermediate to advanced users who want to dig deep and take their expertise to the next level.

Beyond-the-basics information that dives right into higher level topics and tasks.

Ultimate in-depth reference, supremely organised and packed with time-saving solutions, troubleshooting tips and expert advice.

Inside Out books

MOS Study Guide

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Experienced users of Microsoft technologies preparing for MOS certification.

Provides in-depth prep for all MOS exam objectives.

Organised by exam objective, with procedures and hands-on tasks to reinforce and practice skills measured by the exam.

MOS Study Guides

Plain & Simple

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Designed for those who prefer an easy, visual approach to learning everyday tasks.

Broad coverage of core topics and everyday tasks.

Full colour, with easy-to-follow steps and screen shots that show users what to do.

Plain & Simple books

Pocket Consultant

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General- to intermediate-level skills and experience.

Concise how-to and problem-solving information, with a focus on tasks, not concepts.

Portable, pocket-sized and organised for quick reference. Features easy-scan tables, lists and instructions to help you get the job done.

Pocket Consultant books

Step by Step

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Novice and intermediate users who like to learn through lessons and exercises.

Practical, fundamental skills for core software features.

Tutorial. Builds hands-on skills, with easy, numbered steps and ready-made practice files.

Step by Step books

Training Guide

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IT professionals and developers.

Comprehensive hands-on training to develop real-world, job-specific skills.

Builds hands-on expertise through a series of lessons, exercises and suggested practices. Helps maximise performance on the job. Can be used to supplement certification exam preparation.

Training Guide books
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Microsoft Press brings technology experts and publishing experts together to create industry-leading training and reference materials.

We welcome proposals for innovative, instructional books about Microsoft products and related technologies. We publish books on everything from essential skills for Office and Windows to technical references and advanced topics for IT professionals and software developers. If you have a unique book idea or are interested in writing for one of our established series, we want to hear from you.

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Microsoft Press books are sold worldwide through book stores and online retailers. For academic review copies and volume orders, please refer to the information that follows.

Academic orders for Microsoft Press books

Microsoft Press titles are distributed to academic channels by Pearson. To request an examination or desk copy of a Microsoft Press title, please contact your Pearson rep. Or you can go to the Pearson website and request a copy: search on the book's ISBN, and click the Request exam copy button.

Request a MOAC title or ALS title

To request an evaluation copy for a Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) title or an Academic Learning Series (ALS) title from our official academic publisher, John Wiley & Sons, use one of the following options:

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Call (800) 225-5945, option 3.
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Fax a request to (732) 764-2972.

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