Sebastopol, CA--Sure, if you've got time to spare, you can bop over to Second Life or frequent Fark.com. But if the boss wants all the office PCs running Vista immediately or if mastering the new Vista-ready PC is next on your to-do list, chances are you've got no time to waste.
Fortunately William R. Stanek's new book--Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly, $49.99 US)--can save you time configuring Vista on work and home PCs. The Windows expert and author of 63 books has devoted five years to learning everything he can about Microsoft Vista. And he shares his insight and knowledge in this new, comprehensive reference.
Designed as a one-stop resource, Stanek doesn't dumb down the information. Instead, in clear and concise language he strives to illuminate and deepen readers understanding of Microsoft's new operating system.
"Unlike others, my book doesn't focus on a specific user level. This isn't a lightweight beginner book or a guide written exclusively for developers or administrators," notes Stanek. "The concepts will be valuable to beginners, power users, and seasoned professionals. I explain how features work and how to customize them to meet users' needs. And readers will be able to apply them regardless of which edition of Windows Vista they're using."
Indeed, "Vista is the single most important launch of Windows in the history of Microsoft. Over the next few years, the majority of home and office PCs will transition to the new operating system. Everyone who uses a computer owes it to themselves to familiarize themselves with Microsoft Vista right now," Stanek adds.
After his five-year Vista immersion, Stanek expresses surprise that some have hesitated to adopt the new software. "Vista presents a lot of eye candy, and this may have some believing the operating system is little more than new veneer for the same old software," adds Stanek. "Nothing could be further from the truth."
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About the authors:William R. Stanek has more than 20 years ofhands-on experience with advanced programming and development. He has written 63 books including "Microsoft Windows Vista Administrator's Pocket Consultant," "Windows Server 2003 Inside Out," "Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Administrator's Pocket Consultant," and "Microsoft IIS 7.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant." He served in the Persian Gulf War as a combat crewmember on an electronic warfare aircraft. Currently, he resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.
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