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  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Commitment to Interoperability

    In our continued commitment to interoperability, we would like to share what the SQL Server product team has been doing for Java and PHP developers. We understand that our customers have application development across all platforms, so providing consistent data access across multi-platform solutions...
  • Blog Post: PASS Summit 2011: Celebrating Community

    The SQL Server community is, in a word, awesome. I’ve never seen a user community come together like ours does to help each other get the most of the product, learn and share their experiences, and grow in their careers. And I’ve never seen a conference quite like PASS Summit, organized by a fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Chat with SQL Server Engineers in Real Time and Win Prizes from Microsoft During 24 Hours of PASS

    Win great prizes after each 24 Hours of PASS Session in the “#SQLDenali / #24HOP Challenge!” We are very excited about the 24 Hours of PASS: Summit Preview event and want to give all of you the opportunity to win free SQL Server gifts by answering questions we will ask in the “#SQLDenali...
  • Blog Post: 130 Characters Could Get You Into PASS Summit 2011!

    Want to get a free full 3-day registration to the PASS Summit 2011 in Seattle, WA from Oct 11-14, 2011? Well, a tweet reply of 130 characters or less (on Twitter) is all it might take to win! We will post a question on our official Twitter account ( @SQLServer ) at 9:00 a.m. PT on September 21, 2011...
  • Blog Post: Answers and Links for the Questions Asked During the #24HOP / #SQL Denali Challenge

    We would like to thank each and every one of you that participated in the #24HOP / #SQLDenali Challenge at the end of the recent 24 Hours of PASS Sessions. It was very exciting for us to see so many of you getting involved and trying your best to win! Many of you told us that you had learned a lot as...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Team at PASS Summit 2011

    Microsoft is once again delighted to be a premier sponsor of the PASS Summit in Seattle from Oct 11 – 14, 2011. We are committing our top resources to the most value-packed SQL Server and Business Intelligence event of the year. This event includes informative keynotes from Microsoft executives as well...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the SQL Server Code Name “Denali” Feedback Challenge!

    We know many of you have downloaded SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3 and have started testing out all of the new capabilities. Our engineering team has started to receive some great product feedback via our Connect Site however we know there are many more of you out there that have yet...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Aligning with ODBC

    Today we are announcing that Microsoft is aligning with ODBC for native relational data access – the de-facto industry standard. This move supports our commitment to interoperability and our partners and customers’ journey to the cloud. SQL Azure is already aligned with ODBC today. Conversations...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in PowerPivot for Excel with SQL Server Code Name "Denali" CTP3

    In Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 we introduced PowerPivot: A self-service Business Intelligence experience that enables information workers to create their own self-service BI solutions and facilitating sharing and collaboration within the familiar environment of Excel and SharePoint. With the release...
  • Blog Post: Don’t pass by PASS Summit 2011!

    PASS Summit 2011 is just around the corner! PASS Summit is the largest SQL Server and BI conference in the world. It is planned and presented by the SQL Server Community for the SQL Server community. This year, there will be 174 training sessions spread across six technical tracks, including two full...
  • Blog Post: Join in on the Social Media Activities at PASS Summit 2011

    PASS Summit 2011 starts this Wednesday and we’re very excited to share all the great content to attendees and the rest of the community who will be tuning in via the web. The SQL Server and Microsoft BI social teams will be present at the PASS Summit and will be very busy getting the word out to the...
  • Blog Post: StreamInsight 1.2 – New in SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3

    With Microsoft StreamInsight in SQL Server 2008 R2, we started to make Complex Event Processing capabilities available in Microsoft’s data platform. We are excited that the upcoming SQL Server Code Name “Denali” release will include key improvements for StreamInsight. In this video, I will go over the...
  • Blog Post: AlwaysOn - New in SQL Server Code Name "Denali" CTP3

    What is SQL Server AlwaysOn? SQL Server AlwaysOn is the new high availability and disaster recovery solution for the next release of SQL Server. Using AlwaysOn businesses can achieve increased application availability for their mission critical applications and get higher returns on their high availability...
  • Blog Post: My Top 5 SQL Server 2012 Features by Aaron Bertrand, Guest Blogger

    Guest Blogger: Aaron Bertrand Aaron is a senior consultant for SQL Sentry , providers of the free Plan Explorer, as well as performance monitoring and event management software for SQL Server. He has been blogging at sqlblog.com since 2006, focusing on manageability, performance, and new features; has...
  • Blog Post: Recap from PASS Summit 2011

    We had a great week at PASS Summit 2011 , a SQL Server and BI user conference. During the day 1 keynote Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Business Platform Decision, talked about Microsoft’s roadmap for helping customers manage and analyze any data, of any size, anywhere -- on...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 CTP3 Now Available in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

    Is SQL Server 2012 cloud ready for Microsoft partners? You bet! You already know that SQL Server 2012 CTP3 is helping customers bridge private to public cloud, but did you know that it is also forming a strong foundation for partner-hosted cloud solutions as well? Now the SQL Server community has another...
  • Blog Post: Follow up to the SQL Server Fireside Chats after the 24 Hours of PASS Sessions

    The SQL Server Team held Fireside Chats at the end of the 24 Hours of PASS on September 7-8, 2011 to give attendees the opportunity to ask questions directly to members of the SQL Server engineering team. The engineers answered most of the questions during the chat, however there were a few questions...
  • Blog Post: New and Exciting in SQL Server Code Name “Denali”: Knowledge Driven Data Quality Services (DQS)

    In a world of continuously growing amounts of data, data quality is becoming crucial. In order to clean your data and get to a high quality, you need to know “things” about it. We call this “ knowledge ”. Knowledge can be found in difference places: · Inside the...