First day of PASS was extremely exciting as we unveiled our next release of SQL Server, codenamed “Denali”.  Ted Kummert in his keynote hosted a number of exciting announcements which I encourage everyone to view from the SQL PASS site.  I promise there is something for everyone in the keynote.

One of the exciting announcements was Project “Crescent” which is a new capability that will enable users to visualize and interact with their data with surprising ease and simplicity.  The new capabilities that are coming will enable users with all types of skills to use their data in meaningful ways and gain insights quickly.  I encourage you to check out the SSRS teams blog here, as well as the below teaser video that we shot at the Microsoft Company meeting with Distinguished Engineer Amir Netz

During the breakout session, we introduced some of the new features and capabilities, as well gave away some “Crescent” beach balls.  Check out the pics of the distinguished group preparing for this very important session.

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Another highlight of PASS 2010 for me was the BI Power Hour, a staple session of the conferences we hold and one that I thoroughly enjoy doing.  Like previous years, we had a great cast of  presenters with an impressive line up of demos.  These included SQL Azure Reporting on twitter, understanding how to be happy (apparently the Danes have it figured out), Excel Services Chess game, Trolling on YouTube, how to create your own believable friends on Facebook, PacMan reporting, and why Kasper joined the SSAS team using his Last.FM listening preferences. The crowd was great and the demos went off without a hitch. 

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Check out the tweets using #SQLPASS, #BIPowerHour, #MSBI, and #Crescent for up-to-the minute feedback…