The Office interoperability team will host a Binary File Format Plugfest on October 19th and 20th in Redmond. The event will target a developer level audience. Microsoft subject matter experts from both the support organization and the product team will be onsite to answer questions about the Binary File Formats. This Plugfest will be a great opportunity for you to test your BFF implementations and receive immediate feedback and assistance from Microsoft. The event is free, and we will cover the doc, xls, ppt, and pst formats through a combination of presentations, 1:1 discussions, and workshops.
What to Expect:
Space is limited, so register early. To learn more about the event or to register, please contact Michael Bowman
Microsoft is announcing an important interoperability milestone: the release of the Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server 2.0!!
The major highlight of this release is the addition of the PDO_SQLSRV driver, which adds support for PHP Data Objects (PDO). Providing the PDO_SQLSRV driver enables popular PHP applications to use the PDO data access “style” to interoperate with Microsoft’s SQL Server database and make it easier for PHP developers to take advantage of SQL Server's proven track record and to leverage features such as SQL Server's Reporting Services and Business Intelligence capabilities. In addition to accessing SQL Server, both drivers (SQLSRV and PDO_SQLSRV) also enable PHP developers to easily connect to and use Microsoft's cloud database offering, SQL Azure, and enjoy the benefits of a reliable and scalable relational database in the cloud, as well as functionality like exposing OData feeds.
Ashay Chaudhary (Program Manager at Microsoft) has all the details posted on the SQL Server Driver for PHP team blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlphp/archive/2010/08/04/microsoft-drivers-for-php-for-sql-server-2-0-released.aspx
-- Jean-Christophe Cimetiere, Sr. Technical Evangelist, @openatmicrosoft