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We have had a busy week at the annual SQL Server user conference (PASS) and we wanted to share some of the exciting news and announcements coming from the event.

During the Day 1 keynote, Corporate Vice President Ted Kummert shared his views on the ‘New World of Data’ and disclosed a number of important announcements

First, Ted unveiled the final name for the next SQL Server release – SQL Server 2012 and the final name for project Crescent – “Power View” and showcased new features of Power View like ‘Multi-View’ and ‘Export to PowerPoint’. For more details, check out the SQL Server Reporting Services team blog.

Second, Ted disclosed an end to end roadmap for Big Data that embraces Apache Hadoop™. To deliver on this roadmap, we announced:


  • Plans to deliver a Hadoop based distribution for Windows Server and Hadoop based service for Windows Azure.
  • Plans to integrate Hadoop with Microsoft’s industry leading Business Intelligence Platform that will enable users to use the familiar productivity tools such as Microsoft Excel and award winning BI clients such as PowerPivot for Excel and Power View.
  • The general availability (GA) the release to manufacturing of the Hadoop connector for SQL Server and Hadoop connector for SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse.
  • A strategic partnership with Hortonworks that enables us to build on the experience and expertise from the Hadoop ecosystem.
  • Our commitment to working closely with and proposing contributions back to the Hadoop community.

This is a big move for us and a commitment to how we work with the open source community. For more details on this announcement please see the Data Platform Insider and Port 25 blogs.

Finally, Ted discussed our much awaited roadmap and specific Microsoft investments for Mobile Business Intelligence.

Microsoft’s is committed to delivering highly interactive and immersive BI experiences across different devices to all users wherever they are.

Our approach and roadmap for fulfilling this vision consists of:


  1. Ensuring our existing corporate BI web based solutions run in browsers across iOS and Windows devices in the first half of 2012.
  2. Delivering great touch-based data exploration and visualization capabilities in a browser on iOS, Android and Microsoft platforms in the second half of 2012.
  3. Delivering the best in class rich and immersive experience of the Microsoft BI platform on Windows 8 slates


#1 and #2 above will ship outside of the final release of SQL Server 2012 in a separate ship vehicle the details of which are yet to be finalized.

In addition to all of this, during the Day 2 keynote, we also announced the public Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the SQL Azure Reporting. SQL Azure Reporting delivers on the promise of BI in the cloud, and developers can now author, deploy and manage reports in the cloud, just as they do today when running SQL Server Reporting services on-premises. This new CTP is broadly available to all SQL Azure customers and does not have a limited sign-up capacity; simply visit the Windows Azure Management Portal and start using the SQL Azure Reporting CTP today! Please see more details in this blog.

These were a couple of the very exciting days with lots of great announcement, customer conversations and sessions– please visit SQLPASS TV channel to see some of the videos from the summit.

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