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Programming Windows, 6e: Consumer Preview Edition

Press release: May 17, 2012

Microsoft Press

Programming Windows, 6th Edition

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Sebastopol, CA—Reimagined for full-screen and touch-optimized apps, Windows 8 provides a platform for reaching new users in new ways. In response, programming legend Charles Petzold is rewriting his classic Programming Windows—one of the most popular programming books of all time—to show developers how to use existing skills and tools to build Windows 8 apps.

To celebrate, Microsoft Press will release three versions of the eBook for Programming Windows, Sixth Edition, including two pre-release editions that provide crucial access to early content. Based on when you purchase (see table below), you will receive the most recently published version of the eBook—plus any subsequent versions—at special promotional pricing. Act between May 17-31, 2012, and your cost is just $10.

The first "Consumer Preview eBook," based on Windows 8 Consumer Preview, will be approximately 300 pages. The second "Release Preview eBook," based on Windows 8 Release Preview, will update those pages and provide an additional 200-300 pages. The final eBook will be fully updated for the final Windows 8 software.

Programming Windows, Sixth Edition
eBook Version
Price Time Period
Consumer Preview eBook $10 May 17-31, 2012 (two weeks only)
Consumer Preview eBook (same content as above, no updates) $20 June 1, 2012 until the release of the Release Preview eBook
Release Preview eBook $30 Approximately Summer 2012 (two weeks only, date to be announced)
Release Preview eBook (same content as above, no updates) $40 After the two-week $30 period and until release of the Final eBook, currently scheduled to be November 14, 2012
Final eBook $50 November 15, 2012 through life of edition

NOTE: This offer to purchase the Consumer Preview eBook version of Programming Windows, Sixth Edition and/or the Release Preview eBook version of Programming Windows, Sixth Edition (the "Pre-Release eBooks") is only available through from May 17, 2012 until November 14, 2012, as outlined in the table above. Dates not specified in the table above will be updated as publication schedules are confirmed. This offer is limited to one purchase per email address. The promotional pricing for the Pre-Release eBooks applies to the English language editions only. Microsoft reserves the right to not publish Programming Windows, Sixth Edition or any versions thereof (including the Pre-Release eBooks). This offer is not combinable with any other offers and may be changed at any time without notice.

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About the Authors

Charles Petzold has been writing about Windows programming for 25 years. A Windows Pioneer Award winner in 1994, Petzold is the author of the classic Programming Windows, the widely acclaimed Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software,Programming Windows Phone 7, and more than a dozen other books.

View Charles Petzold's full profile page.

Additional Resources
For more information about the book, including table of contents, author bios, and cover graphic, see:

Programming Windows, 6th Edition Programming Windows®, 6th Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
By Charles Petzold
Print ISBN: 9780735671768, Ebook ISBN: 9780735671713
Pages: 800 (est.)
Print Price: $54.99, Ebook Price: $50.00

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About Microsoft Press
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