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  • Blog Post: Making Big Data Work for Everyone

    This has been a really exciting week for the Microsoft data platform . On Monday, we announced the general availability of Power BI for Office 365 . This morning, we announced that support for Hadoop 2.2 clusters is now in preview for Windows Azure HDInsight —our cloud-based Hadoop service. And...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows Azure to Speed up Genome Research and Save Millions of Dollars

    A year ago at Virginia Tech researchers needed 2 weeks to analyze just 1 genome. Today, they can analyze 100 genomes each day. Why is this important? Scientists can learn more about our DNA and uncover more effective strategies for detecting, diagnosing, and treating diseases such as cancer. What’s...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft to Join the Big Data Conversation as an Elite Sponsor at Strata, Santa Clara, CA

    On February 11-13, Microsoft will join 2,700 of the world’s leading big data scientists, CIOs and executives at the Strata conference in Santa Clara, CA. For some, Microsoft does not come immediately to mind when thinking about leadership in data; however, along with the power of HDInsight , Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure HDInsight Released for GA

    Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure HDInsight, its cloud-based distribution of Hadoop. Further expanding on Microsoft’s big data strategy, Microsoft CVP Quentin Clark will deliver a keynote at O’Reilly Strata + Hadoop World tomorrow, where he will discuss...
  • Blog Post: PASS Summit 2012 Recap & the Milestones of SQL Server 2012

    Last week marked the completion of a great week at PASS Summit 2012 , the world’s largest technical training conference for SQL Server professionals and BI experts alike. During this year’s 3-day conference, nearly 4,000 attendees heard firsthand about the great advances being made toward managing big...
  • Blog Post: What’s Your Favorite Feature of SQL Server 2012?

    PASS Summit in November was a perfect opportunity to catch up with SQL Server community members to ask them about their favorite features of SQL Server 2012. We caught up with many of them at a local restaurant and captured their responses in this video to kick off Quentin Clark’s keynote . Perhaps not...