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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: Top 30 Must See Videos, Demonstrations For Developers That Highlight TechEd

    TechEd is Microsoft's premier technology conference for IT professionals and developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's current and soon-to-be- released suite of products, solutions, tools, and services. This June we celebrate the 20th annual TechEd North America...
  • 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: New Windows Azure Datacenters Options in US Announced

    The Windows Azure team today announced new data center options based in the United States. The announcement was made at Announcing New Datacenter Options for Windows Azure . Datacenter options of “West US” and “East US” are now offered for compute and storage. SQL Azure 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: Go to Market with SQL Server 2012 ‘Sneak Peek Campaign’

    Microsoft has just released the SQL SERVER 2012 Sneak Peek Campaign . This campaign allows you to give your customers an early look at the powerful capabilities of SQL Server 2012 from unlocking data insights to building solutions and extending into the cloud. A key component of the cloud-ready information...
  • 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: Tips, Resources For Moving Your Database to SQL Azure

    Earlier this month Microsoft significantly reduced the cost of SQL Azure . SQL Azure is a great way to move your applications to the cloud. Two recent blog posts provide a good starting point for learning about how you can migrate to SQL Azure. in Migrating a SQL Server database to SQL Azure ,...
  • Blog Post: Guide for How to Test Your Application for Compatibility with SQL Server 2012

    ISVs are getting ready for the release of SQL Server 2012 by checking code to be sure it will support the new release. Microsoft provides tools that will help you in your testing. This article provides the steps you can take to be sure your application is customer-ready for SQL Server 2012. Customer...
  • Blog Post: Price Reductions for SQL Azure, 100MB Database Option Announced

    The Windows Azure team has announced lower pricing for SQL Azure and a new 100 MB database option. The announcement was made Announcing Reduced Pricing on SQL Azure and New 100MB Database Option . Customers will realize 48% to 75% savings for databases larger than 1GB. The 100MB DB option enables...
  • Blog Post: Register Today for the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event on March 7

    SQL Server 2012 launches March 7. Register now for the Virtual Launch Event. You will have access to over 30+ sessions to learn about the new capabilities of SQL Server 2012 at your own pace, in your own schedule. This event brings together a who’s who of industry experts and executives to tell...
  • Blog Post: New December Windows Azure Developer Training Tools, Kits Shows How to Get Started

    The new Windows Azure tools and training kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content to help you learn how to use Windows Azure. The kits support multiple languages and environments such as .Net, Node.js, Java, PHP, and others. Developer Tools The new Azure site that launched this...
  • 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: 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: ‘Big Data’ Hadoop Coming to BI on SQL Server, Windows Server, Windows Azure

    In his keynote at PASS 2011, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Ted Kummert announced new investments to help customers manage “big data,” including an Apache Hadoop -based distribution for Windows Server and Windows Azure and a strategic partnership with Hortonworks Inc. and Hadoop Connectors...
  • 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: Samples, Tool Helps You Convert SQL Lite to SQL Server Compact for Phone Apps

    A database conversion tool help you convert you SQLite database to SQL Server Compact. The tool and examples combined with previous extensive guides (for Android , iPhone , and Symbian Qt ) to accelerate your ramp up time and improve your experience in porting apps to Windows Phone from iPhone and Android...
  • 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: 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: Free E-Books on Windows Phone, Visual Studio, SQL Server, Windows Server Offered on E-Readers

    Free eBooks from Microsoft Press were available as XPS or PDF formats are now available so you can read them on e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Sony Reader and Kobo eReader, as well as on iOS devices such as the iPad. Current selection of books include: ...
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