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  • Blog Post: Windows Azure News

      Mobile Services Adds Android Support We created Mobile Services to make it easier for developers to build engaging and dynamic mobile apps that scale. We’ve made it even easier to develop for the Android platform. The Windows Azure team partnered with Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. to deliver...
  • Blog Post: Give Your App High Availability, Disaster Recovery Using AlwaysOn SQL Server 2012

    Have you wanted to offer your customers disaster recovery/high availability? But providing that capability seems like a big programming challenge. Instead, SQL Server 2012 introduces AlwaysOn where you can offer added value with a straight forward code change in your connection string. AlwaysOn by...
  • 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: 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: Parallel Data Warehouse Adds Connection to BI Tools for Informatica, SAP Business Objects

    Microsoft made several important announcements related to our SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) offerings last week. Microsoft announced the release of Appliance Update 2 for PDW with new features and connectors to third party BI tools that enable customers to use PDW seamlessly in heterogeneous...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: Author of Book on SQL Server Hardware Gives Decision-Making Tips

    A new book, SQL Server Hardware , tells you what you need to know about your hardware before you create your database. The book by Most Valued Professional Glenn Berry of Newsgator describes how you can determine your hardware requirements for SQL Server. Glenn shares his expertise gained at Newsgator...
  • Blog Post: SQLInsights Update: Self-Service Reporting and Analytics Unit Available

    This is the eleventh and final unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights ) on MSDN. This unit introduces the fundamentals of how to enable great self-service reporting and analytics The SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (SQLInsights...
  • Blog Post: Community Preview Announced for SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack, Feature Pack

    SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Customer Technology Preview (CTP) is now available for download. SQL Server 2008 R2 service packs are cumulative updates and upgrade all service levels of SQL Server 2008 R2 to SP1 CTP. Get the updates from: Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Service...
  • Blog Post: Tips, FAQ for Passing the SQL Server 2008 R2 Microsoft Platform Ready Test

    ISVs around the world are using the Microsoft Platform Ready test to certify their SQL Server applications. When you pass the test, you are through the first part of earning the ISV/Software Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network, which provides cool benefits including Visual Studio Professional...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Metro Early Adoption Program for SQL Server Code Name “Denali”

    This exciting new release will include improvements that are interesting to developers, DBA’s and business intelligence pros alike, including: New developer improvements including a new unified Visual Studio IDE code named “Juneau”, Transact-SQL programmability improvements and...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade Visual SourceSafe to Team Foundation Server

    With modern features like state-of-the-art version control, integrated bug tracking and flexible build automation, Team Foundation Server 2010 ensures the delivery of quality software faster. The reality of Visual SourceSafe (VSS) is that it fails to meet many of these modern requirements and has...
  • Blog Post: SQLInsights Update: New SQL Server 2008 R2 Integration Services Unit Now Available

    Today we published the third unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights ) on MSDN designed to help developers learn how to develop an ETL process (extract, transform, load) with SQL Server 2008 R2 Integration Services. Developers use SSIS packages to populate...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 SP4 Released

    SQL Server 2005 SP4 is available on Microsoft Update and on Windows Software Update Services (WSUS).  Customers may find the SQL Server 2005 SP4 upgrade packages for Standard, Workgroup, Developer and Enterprise Editions is available as an optional update on the Microsoft Update website and visible...
  • Blog Post: Free Dev Tools Updated, Released for Web Site Development

    Microsoft has released a set of new developer tools to help in your Web development. Scott Guthrie , Vice President in Microsoft Developer Division, announced the set of products on his blog at Announcing release of ASP.NET MVC 3, IIS Express, SQL CE 4, Web Farm Framework, Orchard, WebMatrix . The tools...
  • Blog Post: Community Preview of SQL Server Code-Name ‘Denali’ Unveiled at PASS Summit

    Today from PASS Summit 2010, Microsoft Corp. unveiled the next generation of SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Server code-named “Denali” and released the first Community Technology Preview (CTP1). Architected to help customers leverage data to meet evolving business needs, Microsoft SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: 2010 PASS Summit–$200 Registration Discount

    PASS Summit 2010 is the single largest gathering of Microsoft SQL Server professionals in the world , bringing together the entire community of SQL Server and BI users. Delivering three full days of in-depth learning, PASS Summit provides unparalleled access to the Microsoft SQL Server development team...
  • Blog Post: Migrate MySQL, Access Databases to the Cloud with SQL Server Migration Assistant

    Microsoft has updated the SSMA (SQL Server Migration Assistant) family of products to include support for both Access and MySQL. This release makes it possible to move data directly and easily from local Microsoft Access databases or MySQL databases into SQL Azure. Microsoft refreshed the existing SSMA...
  • Blog Post: Opportunity to Provide Feedback to the SQL Server PHP Team

    The PHP team in the SQL Server Connectivity team is looking for feedback. By providing feedback to the team they can review your collective priorities. The team received a significant amount of feedback in the October 2009 survey.  The team responded by delivering a PDO driver in v2.0. The survey...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL Released

    SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL is the newest migration toolkit, others include Oracle, Sybase, Access, and an analyzer for PowerBuilder. The toolkits were designed to tackle the complex manual process customer’s deal with when migrating databases. In using the SQL Server Migration Assistants...
  • Blog Post: New PHP Drivers for SQL Server Support Improved BI, Connection to SQL Azure

    Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server 2.0 are now available. The new drivers adds support for PHP Data Objects (PDO) and supports integration with SQL Server business intelligence features and connectivity to SQL Azure. The driver, called, PDO_SQLSRV, enables popular PHP applications to use the...
  • Blog Post: White Paper Explores Identity Concepts for BI, Reporting in SharePoint 2010

    A new white paper helps you understand the concepts of identity in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products, how Kerberos authentication plays a very important role in authentication and delegation scenarios, and the situations where Kerberos authentication should be used or may be required in solution designs...
  • Blog Post: Free SQL Server 2008 R2 Online Training Course Available on Channel9

    DPE’s Platform Evangelism team has just shipped the RTM release of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Online Training Course on Channel9 . This free resource is the online companion to the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit . Developers can now browse all of the presentations...
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