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  • Blog Post: Earn Silver Data Platform, BI Competencies Using SQL Server 2012 MPR Tests

    There are two Microsoft Platform Ready tests for organizations building applications on SQL Server. Successful completion also provide one of the key steps toward a Silver Competency on Microsoft Platform Network. The tests are: The Microsoft Platform Ready SQL Server Test – This test will...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Now Generally Available

    Microsoft has announced the general availability (GA) of SQL Server 2012 for purchase and download, according to the SQL Server Team blog post SQL Server 2012 is Generally Available . SQL Server 2012 delivers a powerful new set of capabilities for mission-critical workloads, business intelligence...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Update for Developers – 2 Day Technical Workshop

    You are invited to attend a two-day workshop for developers, database administrators, and technical decision makers on SQL Server 2012 . The training will help you understand how to build enterprise grade solutions which exploit key improvements in SQL Server 2012. Participation in this training course...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 RTM Available for Evaluation, App Compatibility Test

    Evaluations of the release to manufacturing version (RTM) version of SQL Server 2012 will allow you to test your application for compatibility. The fully functional trial software will automatically expire after six months. Get it from the SQL Server 2012 download site . General availability of SQL...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Released to Manufacturing, Sets Performance Records, Offers Increased ROI

    Microsoft SQL Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing. SQL Server 2012 helps address challenges of increasing data volumes by rapidly turning data into actionable business insights. Microsoft’s modern data platform SQL Server 2012 is launching today. Evaluations is now available (as of...
  • Blog Post: Register Today to Join in the SQL Server 2012 Launch March 7

    You are cordially invited to be a part of the Virtual Launch Event for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 . Attendance is free and open to both partners and customers. All you need to do is register here . Hear from Microsoft executives about new functionality being released. If you are unable to attend the...
  • Blog Post: Release Candidate for SQL Server 2012 Ready

    Building on our announcement at the PASS Summit 2011 in early October, today we are excited to announce the SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) . SQL Server 2012 RC is the first release which is feature complete and represents an exciting milestone for customers and partners looking to experience...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit Now Available

    The SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit is now available for download free of charge. The kit includes technical content designed to help you learn how to develop SQL Server 2012 database and BI solutions. New and updated content will be released periodically and can be downloaded on-demand using...
  • 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: SQL Server ‘Denali’ Becomes SQL Server 2012

    Kicking off PASS Summit 2011, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Ted Kummert announced the upcoming SQL Server 2012 , formerly code-named “Denali.” SQL Server 2012 delivers a powerful new set of capabilities for mission-critical workloads, business intelligence and hybrid IT across traditional...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server, BI Highlights at PASS Summit

    PASS Summit is the world's largest, most-focused, and most-intensive conference for Microsoft SQL Server and BI professionals. the PASS Summit is October 11-14 in Seattle, WA. Organized by and for SQL Server and BI users, PASS Summit delivers the highest number of technical sessions, the largest number...
  • 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: Hadoop Connectors Coming for Parallel Data Warehouse, SQL Server

    Microsoft will soon release two new Hadoop connectors to help customers exploit the benefits of unstructured data in both SQL and non-SQL environments. Connectors will include: Hadoop to SQL Server Parallal Data Warehouse (PDW) for large data volumes. Hadoop to SQL Server 2008 R2 or SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Evaluate SQL Server ‘Denali’ With New Product Guide, Datasheets, Presentations, Demos

    A new product guide can bring you up to speed on SQL Server Code Name “Denali” Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP3). The SQL Server code name 'Denali' Community Technical Preview 3 (CTP3) Product Guide download contains the latest datasheets, white papers, click-through and auto-running...
  • Blog Post: New Sales Incentives Offered Through Microsoft Partner Network

    The Microsoft Partner Network announced new incentive programs for Gold partners. The announcement made at Worldwide Partner Conference provides incentives for partners to help customers move to the public cloud on Windows Azure, private cloud on Windows Server Hyper-V, and SQL Server “Denali”...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server ‘Denali’ CTP 3 Download Includes ‘Crescent’ Self-Service BI Capabilities

    Satya Nadella, president of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft, announced the availability of a community technology preview of the new Microsoft SQL Server, currently SQL Server codename “Denali”. The announcement was made at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2011 (WPC) and...
  • Blog Post: Roadmap -- Next Preview of SQL Server ‘Denali’ Due This Summer

    At Tech·Ed North America Microsoft announced that the next public community preview SQL Server Code Name “Denali” is expected in summer 2011. To be among the first to download the next public CTP, customers can pre-register at www.microsoft.com/sqlserver . Roadmap for SQL Server...
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