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At Microsoft Press, we create books and references for every skill level and across the range of Microsoft technologies.

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Best Practices

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.

Professional Developer

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.

Developer Step by Step

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.

Exam Ref

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.

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

Inside Out

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 organized, and packed with time-saving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and expert advice.

MOS Study Guide

Experienced users of Microsoft technologies preparing for MOS certification.

Provides in-depth prep for all MOS exam objectives.

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

Plain & Simple

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

Broad coverage of core topics and everyday tasks.

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

Pocket Consultant

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

Step by Step

Beginning 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.

Training Guide

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 maximize performance on the job. Can be used to supplement certification exam preparation.


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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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