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Jared Shockley, Information Technology Professional This is my spot on the Internet for me to share my thoughts on technology, software, hardware, gadgets and IT in general. Please feel free to comment.


Office 2013 and the Art of the Announcement
Microsoft took its show on the road to California again, this time San Francisco instead of Los Angeles like the Surface announcement. Steve Ballmer got up in front of the media to talk about how their strategy is coming together and specifically to announce the public betas of Office 2013. While I will talk a bit about the technology, I want to mostly talk in this post about how Microsoft has setup both the Surface and Office 2013 announcements as they want to take a page from the great showmanship of Apple in these announcements.

The Future of Managing Microsoft Products - PowerShell
One key message that I got from both Microsoft TechEd's that I have attended was around how Microsoft plans for its products to be managed: PowerShell. Some might say that the "grey beards" have infiltrated Redmond and put a CLI management system into the products. With the planned release of PowerShell v3.0 in Windows Server 2012, PowerShell becomes the key skill for IT Professionals to learn. If they do not, they might be left behind.

Free Microsoft E-books
Microsoft Press has been putting out a lot of books lately and many are free. These books will make great additions to you electronic libraries. They are currently providing books in PDF, MOBI, and ePUB formats. Find out what they are offering in my post.