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Designing Windows 8 Applications with C# and XAML: Data
Jul 24, 2012
In this chapter you’ll learn about the different types of data that are available to your Metro application and techniques for manipulating, loading, storing, encrypting, signing, and querying data. You’ll find that the WinRT provides several ready-to-use APIs that make working with data a breeze. This chapter will explore these APIs and how to best integrate them into your application.
Discovering Windows 8’s Hidden Quick Access Menu
Sep 3, 2013
Michael Miller shows you how to find the hidden Windows 8 Quick Access Menu, and explains all the neat things you can do with it.
Do Administrative Tools in Windows XP Professional Deliver?
Apr 19, 2002
Microsoft has bundled in administrative tools with its operating systems over the last five product generations. Do the tools really deliver, or are they there as check-off items as Microsoft moves into the enterprise market? Louis Columbus provides a critical assessment.
Do You Really Need Windows 8?
Mar 19, 2012
Michael Miller provides a preview of what’s new in Windows 8, and asks if users really need or want this new version of Microsoft’s ubiquitous operating system.
E.T. Print Home: Remote Printing with Windows XP
Nov 23, 2005
You don't need an expensive machine running Windows 2003 Server to print documents away from home. Let Kulvir Bhogal show you how to set up Windows XP as a VPN server and you'll be printing remotely in no time!
Easy Sharing in Windows 8
Nov 7, 2011
Katherine Murray lets us peek at app-to-app sharing in the Windows 8 developer preview and introduces Windows 8 charms, which will help us to do more with the data and apps in Windows 8.
Easy Windows 10: Using Cortana Search
Sep 30, 2015
This chapter from Easy Windows 10 shows you how to get the most from the enhanced search tools in Windows 10, including Cortana, which provides voice-activated search of both the Web and your device, can send you reminders, and works hard to discover what you like so you get better search results.
EFS Issues in Windows XP/2003
Jun 25, 2004
Compared to Windows 2000, the new implementation of the Encrypting File System (EFS) in Windows XP/2003 has some pitfalls. Zubair Alexander examines these issues and provides some pointers for planning an EFS strategy for your business environment.
Eleven Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets for IT Professionals
Jul 27, 2010
Eric Geier discusses eleven different Gadgets that help you stay-up-to-date with your social networks and email, view system stats, and save time with shortcuts and tools.
Enabling the Firewall Included in Windows XP
Apr 5, 2002
There are many different types of firewalls, and for the first time, Microsoft has included a software-configurable firewall in its OS. Louis Columbus discusses the issues.
Enjoying Photos and Media in Windows 7
Oct 12, 2010
This chapter shows how to use the media tools Windows 7 to view and print photos, listen to music, and watch movies, TV shows, and online video content.
Essential Windows 8 Shortcuts, Clicks, and Gestures
Apr 9, 2013
Michael Miller provides an invaluable reference to everything you need to know to use Windows 8 to the fullest.
Essential Windows Workflow Foundation: Activity Execution
Feb 23, 2007
This sample chapter introduces the activity automaton, which describes the lifecycle of any activity in a WF program instance. It describes the service-chaining capabilities of the WF runtime, as well as the use of bookmarks (and associated WF program queues) as a mechanism by which activities can receive stimulus from external entities.
Evaluating Windows XP Professional's Encrypting File System
Nov 2, 2001
Realizing that the business users of Windows XP Professional work daily with the most confidential of documents for their companies and organizations, Microsoft has created the Encrypting File System, or EFS. This file system works in conjunction with ...
Examining the Windows 7 Action Center
Dec 2, 2009
Michael Miller shows you how the Action Center helps you keep your computer secure and in tip-top running condition.
Examining Windows Live Essentials
Dec 14, 2009
Learn more about Live Essentials, free applications that can supplement the programs built into Microsoft Windows 7, in this article by Michael Miller
Exploring Windows XP's Device Driver Rollback and System Restore
Jun 29, 2001
The Windows XP operating system builds off the reliability and fault-tolerant nature of lessons learned in creating Windows 2000. The System Restore features, specifically Device Driver Rollback, promise to streamline what have been time-intensive tasks ...
Exploring Windows XP's Microsoft Management Console
Aug 13, 2001
Bringing a graphical interface to the many services that are included in Windows XP Professional is the objective of the Microsoft Management Console (MMC). This article by Louis Columbus discusses how the MMC works and its many uses.
Exploring Windows XP's Security Strategy
Jul 13, 2001
This third article by expert Louis Columbus focuses on the security improvements that Microsoft is actively providing in Windows XP Beta release 2.
Exploring Windows XP's Interface
Dec 28, 2001
John Mueller explores Windows XP by looking at the most important tool in the Windows user interface, Windows Explorer, and discussing how to manage and customize the user interface.

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