Neil Hutson - Focused on Emerging Technologies for Microsoft

I am responsible for the adoption of emerging technology platforms by developers and it professionals at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: SQLServer “Denali” keynote at TechED 2011

      On Monday, Quentin Clark ( GM of SQL Engineering) presented a foundational session at TechED which focused on the Microsoft Data Platform with SQL Server “Denali” and took a look into some of our latest data tools with “Juneau”. Juneau is pretty exciting because you can install it as a stand alone...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Commentary into MySQL and why Oracle want to Keep it

    Both articles point to an interview which Larry Ellison had with Ed Zander, who was once president and COO of Sun. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-10365128-16.html http://visualstudiomagazine.com/blogs/data-driver/2009/09/why-larry-ellison-will-not-spin-off-mysql.aspx
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit

    We have just released the SQLServer 2008 developer Training kit . This kit will help you understand how to build web applications which deeply exploit the rich data types, programming models and new development paradigms in SQL Server 2008. Roger has been pretty busy packaging this up into something...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the PHP on Windows Training Kit

    I want to announced the availability of a “ PHP on Windows Training Kit ” to the MSDN download center.  The kit includes demos and hands-on labs to help you understand how to build PHP applications using Windows, IIS 7 and SQL Server 2008. We will expand the kit over time, but the current version...
  • Blog Post: “Velocity CTP3” Released

    Today we release CTP3 of  “Velocity” ( link ). This is a highly scalable in-memory application cache for all kinds of data. By using cache, you can significantly improve application performance by avoiding unnecessary calls to the data source. Distributed cache enables your application to match...
  • Blog Post: ADO.NET Data Services 1.5 CTP Release

    The ADO Data Services team released the first CTP of the upcoming ADO.NET Data Services 1.5 release ( link ). This is a preview of a number of enhancements, both client and server that will make the data service development experience much easier, including: Row Count : Ability for the a client of a...
  • Blog Post: Who Likes Basketball?

    Roger in the team just posted about the work he has been doing behind the scenes for the March Madness On Demand project with CBSSports . While there is a lots of great content that the viewers can see live, to ensure the correct level of quality for the audience, in the background you need an amazing...
  • Blog Post: Changes to SQL Data Services ( SDS)

    SQL Data Services ( SDS) is part of the Azure Services Platform and is the key service for storing data in the cloud, whether your application is either hosted locally or using some of the compute capabilities of Windows Azure in the cloud. Since its introduction at Mix08, SDS has really focused on providing...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 SP1 Public CTP

    Today we released SQL Server 2008 SP1 Public CTP . The bits can be downloaded from here The team is focused on keeping service packs contained and focused on essential updates only, as well as fixing issues reported through the SQL Server community. These packages have been made available for general...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Fabric Control Point and The DAC 'PACK'

    Joey met with Mike Jones right after the first public showing of some of the great new features coming in the next release of SQL Server code-named Kilimanjaro. PASS Community Summit 2008 He showed demos of two things. Firstly the "Fabric Control Point" provides a unified view from a management...
  • Blog Post: PDC Attendees get a 160GB USB Drive with all the goodies!!

    Personally I am not a big fan of the "Software + Services" PDC theme, but behind the scenes I know that the new software announcements that we are going to make will erase any bitterness I have from my memory :-) However, there is some other really cool news that I heard today - at the end...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Consolidation and Virtualization at UBS

    Charley Hanania who is a Senior Database Specialist at UBS talks on EDGE about how SQLServer 2008 is going to help resolve some of the key enterprise database challenges with technologies such as Policy Based Management (formerly known as DMF), the resource governor and how consolidation and virtualization...
  • Blog Post: LIVE Inside the "Ship Room" for SQL Server 2008

    Joey was able to get unique access to the SQLServer 2008 ship room when they did the final signoff of the product and shared the experience on EDGE . As you can see, the owner of each feature area has to walk through their status, before signing off on their feature on this wall. Inside the SQL 2008...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 RTM

    So SQLServer 2008 made it to RTM today. This is a pretty big release of the product and combined with the Data Access technologies such as the Entity Framework which is part of the Visual Studio wave, there is a lot of innovation to get developers and ITPRO excited. For the ITPRO there are some great...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates Signs Off with some great Demos

    If anybody says that demos do not make a great presentation, there wrong. Through my career at Microsoft, a great, simple demo have always helped crystallize the message that I was conveying. Today at TechED Developer 2008 Bill Gates provided one of his final appearances at Microsoft and my team was...
  • Blog Post: SQL Services Data Services (SSDS) Cloud Sample - PhluffyFotos

      Ryan has been making some modifications to the PhluffyFotos sample to make it even more easy to access. PhluffyFotos is a Web 2.0 Picture Gallery Service where users can upload their pictures from the web or mobile device. This sample is designed to demonstrate how you can develop a multi tenant...
  • Blog Post: SMALL BUSINESS SERVER & ESSENTIAL BUSINESS SERVER preview and demo

    So this feels like Demo week for me. Essential Business Server (EBS) demo with Bjorn We just shipped the first public preview of Small Business Server and Essential Business Server(EBS). David on the EDGE team had an interview with one of the program managers for EBS.  Bjorn Levidow has been at...
  • Blog Post: DAY ONE at MMS

    Adam and Joey are at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) in Las Vegas to cover things happening at the event. Here is the coverage from day one. First, Larry Orecklin gives a brief overview of the MMS announcements around Operations Manager and Virtual Machine Manager. System Center overview with Larry...
  • Blog Post: What Happens in Vegas stays in The EDGE

    Adam and Joey in Vegas for MMS ( Microsoft Management Summit) this week getting a back stage view of what is happening at the event and providing details about the keynote ( and hopefully videos of the cool demos ). For those of you who do not know Joey ( the one or two ). Here is a short video back...
  • Blog Post: .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit RELEASED TO WEB

    We have just released the .NET 3.5 Enhancements toolkit. The .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training kit builds on the success of the Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit and provides developers with information on ADO.NET Data Services, ADO.NET Entity Framework, ASP.NET AJAX History, ASP.NET Dynamic Data, ASP.NET...
  • Blog Post: PhluffyFotos.com

    Ryan Dunn in the team has just finished off the finishing touches to a services application which uses SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) to store the content in the cloud. This has all being placed onto a site so that you can get details about the LINQ provider to SSDS and a whole number of Powershell...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to SQLServer 2008

    Joey on the team spoke to Joe Young for EDGE about the work that he is doing to help ITPRO's plan the upgrade from SQLServer 2005 to SQLServer 2008. Joey asked a number of questions. Here is what I heard What can I do now to make sure that the transition to SQLServer 2008 is as smooth as possible when...
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