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  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Roadmap Simplifies Scale Out Needs with Bigger Data, SQL Azure Federation

    The SQL Azure Q4 2011 Service Release will be available by end of 2011 and is aimed at simplifying elastic scale out needs. Announcements were made at PASS Summit and online. According to the Azure blog post, Just Announced at SQL PASS Summit 2011: Upcoming Increased Database Limits & SQL Azure...
  • Blog Post: New Community Previews for BI, Connecting SQL to the Cloud

    Two new Community Technology Previews (CTPs) for SQL Azure have been announced at PASS Summit 2011 that are aimed at enhancing BI capabilities and connecting data in the cloud and on-premises. SQL Azure Reporting enables developers to use familiar tools to create and deploy operational reports...
  • Blog Post: Get Datasheets, White papers, Presentations, Demos in New Product Guide for SQL Server ‘Denali’

    Download the datasheets, white papers, technical presentations, demonstrations, and links to videos that will help you evaluate Microsoft SQL Server code name 'Denali.' The release is available as community preview 3. The SQL Server code name 'Denali' Community Technical Preview 3 (CTP3) Product Guide...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 Available as Community Preview

    Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2008 includes product improvements based on requests from the SQL Server community and hotfix solutions provided in SQL Server 2008 SP2 Cumulative Updates 1 to 4. Both the Service Pack and Feature Pack updates are available for download on the Microsoft Download Center...
  • Blog Post: ‘Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games’ Preview on Codeplex

    The Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games allows you to quickly get started building new social games in Windows Azure. The toolkit includes accelerators, libraries, developer tools, and samples that you can use in your own .NET or HTML5 game. The toolkit also enables unique capabilities for social...
  • Blog Post: Analyze Huge DataSets with New MapReduce for Windows Azure

    An iterative MapReduce runtime for Windows Azure, code-named Daytona from Microsoft Research , allows laboratories, small groups, and individual researchers to use the power of the cloud to analyze data sets on gigabytes or terabytes of data and run large-scale machine learning algorithms on dozens or...
  • Blog Post: Azure Team Introduces Windows Azure AppFabric Applications

    A Windows Azure AppFabric Application is any n-tier .NET application that spans the web, middle, and data tiers, composes with external services, and is inherently written to the cloud architecture for scale and availability. Build AppFabric Applications using AppFabric Developer Tools, run them in...
  • Blog Post: Roadmap – Service Bus Enhancement, New Application Manager, Dev Tools Coming to Windows Azure AppFabric

    Windows Azure AppFabric has released enhancements to Service Bus as part of the Windows Azure AppFabric CTP May release, and an upcoming release of the AppFabric Developer Tools and Application Manager as part of the Windows Azure AppFabric CTP June release. Announcements were made on the team blog...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic CTP for Windows Phone Developer Tools Available for Download

    Last week we released the final version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools and this week we are releasing the Visual Basic CTP for Windows Phone Developer Tools. I’ve heard from many Visual Basic developers asking if/when they could build Windows Phone applications using their favorite tool....
  • Blog Post: CTP for F# Adds Support for Interoperability

    The August 2010 CTP of Microsoft F# went live on the Download Center this week. The preview is available as an MSI for use with .NET and Visual Studio, and as a ZIP for use with other CLI implementations and platforms, including .NET Compact Framework on Xbox 360, and Mono on Mac, Linux and other platforms...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 CTP Available from Download

    You can now download the community preview of Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 . SQL Server 2008 SP2 CTP contains the cumulative updates up to SQL Server 2008 SP1 cumulative update package 8, and fixes to issues that have been reported through our customer feedback platforms. These include supportability...
  • Blog Post: Use Refresh of Windows Phone Developer Tools on Visual Studio 2010

    You can now build Windows Phone 7 apps on the final release of Visual Studio 2010 (VS2010) with the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh (WPDT CTP). Charlie Kindel’s blog post on the Windows Blog describes what’s new and what has changed in his blog posting, Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP...
  • Blog Post: IronRuby, IronPythom CTPs Support .NET Framework 4 Beta 2

    IronRuby and IronPython Community Technology Previews (CTPs) for .NET 4.0 Beta 2 are the third preview of IronRuby and IronPython running under the Dynamic Language Runtime that is built directly into .NET 4.0. This release allows you to use IronRuby objects and types as .NET 4.0 dynamic objects from...
  • Blog Post: Azure Reference Architecture Explored with Project Riviera

    If you’ve been wanting to see how a multi-tenant architecture works with Windows Azure Platform , you’ll want to see Project Riviera . The project has been released on MSDN and includes source code. The application shows an architecture completely hosted on Azure with multi-tenancy, extensible business...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP Open to All

    The first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is now available to you from TechNet . To get it, you'll fill out an online form that will redirect you to the Microsoft Download Center . You'll find Enterprise and Expression editions of SQL Server 2008 R2 in 32-bit, 64-bit...
  • Blog Post: Preview for Deep Zoom Composure Available

    Deep Zoom Composer lets you prepare content for Silverlight ’s Deep Zoom . Deep Zoom lets your users browse images, no matter how large or how many, a speedy, seamless, and smooth experience. The June 2009 Preview of the Composer, build 0.9.000.8, on the Microsoft Download Center . The smooth in-place...
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