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  • Blog Post: Available Now: Preview Release of the SQL Server PHP Driver

    Today we are pleased to announce the availability of a community technology preview release of the SQL Server Driver for PHP! Download the preview driver today here . This release will allow developers who use the PHP scripting language version 5.5 to access Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure...
  • Blog Post: PASS Summit 2014: Inside the World’s Largest Gathering of SQL Server and BI Professionals

    PASS VP of Marketing Denise McInerney – a SQL Server MVP and Data Engineer at Intuit – began her career as a SQL Server DBA in 1998 and attended her first PASS Summit in 2002. The SQL Server Team caught up with her ahead of this year’s event, returning to Seattle, WA, Nov. 4-7, to see...
  • Blog Post: ICYMI: Data platform momentum

    The last couple months have seen the addition of several new products that extend Microsoft’s data platform offerings. At the end of January, Quentin Clark outlined his vision for the complete data platform, exploring the various inputs that are driving new application patterns, new considerations...
  • Blog Post: Tune in tomorrow and accelerate your insights

    Tomorrow’s the day! Tune in to hear from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner, and Data Platform Group CVP Quentin Clark about Microsoft’s approach to data, and how the latest advancements in technology can help you transform data into action. Mark your calendar RSVP...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2014 now Generally Available

    Microsoft today released Microsoft SQL Server 2014 , the foundation of our cloud-first data platform. SQL Server 2014 delivers breakthrough performance with new and enhanced in-memory technologies to help customers accelerate their business and enable new, transformational scenarios. In addition, SQL...
  • Blog Post: Unlocking insights from Big Data can be simple with the right tools

    Data enthusiasts & Microsoft talk about Big Data in the enterprise at Gigaom Structure Data 2014 Last week in New York, our data solutions experts spent a few days with more than 900 big data practitioners, technologists and executives at Structure Data for a conversation how big data can drive...
  • Blog Post: Join us on April 15 and Accelerate Your Insights

    Mark your calendar now to join us online on April 15 for the Accelerate your insights event , streaming live from San Francisco, California at 10:00 AM PDT. Wondering what your data can do for you? Join us to online find out how to drive your business in real-time, from apps to insights. You’ll...
  • Blog Post: Strata-Hadoop World 2012 Recap

    We just wrapped up a busy week at Strata-Hadoop World, one of the predominant Big Data conferences. Microsoft showed up in force, with the big news being our press announcement around the availability of public previews for Windows Azure HDInsight Service and Microsoft HDInsight Server for Windows ,...
  • 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: TPC-E – Raising the Bar in OLTP Performance

    Blog Author : Charles Levine, Principal Program Manager, SQL Server Performance Engineering Maximizing SQL Server’s performance and scalability is a complex engineering challenge. Beyond good architecture and well-designed code, we also extensively measure SQL Server to ensure that it delivers...
  • 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: How Fast is Project Codenamed “Hekaton” – It’s ‘Wicked Fast’!

    Recently I posted a video about how the SQL Server Community was looking into emerging trends in BI and Database technologies - one of the key technologies mentioned in that video was in-memory. Many Microsoft customers have been using in-memory technologies as part of SQL Server since 2010 including...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Training at its Best: Join us in Dallas for PASS SQLRally 2012

    With PASS SQLRally Dallas just a month away, Microsoft SQL Server Senior Marketing Manager and PASS Director Jennifer Moser talked with PASS President Bill Graziano about what to expect at the May 10-11, 2012 conference focusing on all things SQL Server. Jennifer: Who should attend PASS SQLRally, and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Services Launches New Offerings for Mission Critical Customers

    Customers running mission critical solutions have asked Microsoft to provide higher levels of service and support for their environments, given the potential negative impact to their business if an incident or outage occurs to their mission critical solution. With that in mind, Microsoft Services today...
  • Blog Post: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Creating Optimized Productivity

    The 11 th episode of The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Blog Series is here, and we are excited to be discussing optimized IT and developer productivity across server and cloud with a common toolset. In this latest episode, Tobias Ternstrom, Lead Program Manager discusses the “Sequence...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft ships CTP of Hadoop Connectors for SQL Server and Parallel Data Warehouse

    Two weeks ago, Microsoft announced its commitment to Hadoop and promised to release new connectors to promote interoperability between Hadoop and SQL Server. Today we are announcing the availability of the Community Technology Preview (CTP) of two connectors for Hadoop : The first is a Hadoop connector...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Wants Your Feedback on SQL Server 2012!

    Do you use SQL Server 2012? What features do you like? What could be improved? Would you recommend it to others? Let everyone know what you think on our new Customer Reviews page. This page is meant to be a place for informal peer-to-peer conversation about what problem you were trying to solve and what...
  • Blog Post: Helping Customers of All Sizes Improve Business Planning and Consolidations

    SAP issued a press release today announcing the Microsoft support of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation (BPC) version for the Microsoft platform. This relationship gives us another option to meet customer and partner demand for a budgeting & planning application built on top of the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Boosting Transaction Performance in Windows Azure Virtual Machines with In-Memory OLTP

    With the release of SQL Server 2014 CTP2 , you can now significantly boost the performance of your OLTP workloads in Windows Azure Virtual Machines. By creating a new VM with our preloaded image of SQL Server 2014 CTP2 on Windows Server 2012 R2 , or installing SQL Server 2014 CTP2 on your VM, In-Memory...
  • Blog Post: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Creating Fast Time to Solution Technologies

    In the 10 th episode of the Behind the Scenes series, it’s time to talk about reducing complexity and accelerating time to solution with turn-key appliances and cloud offerings. In the episode below, Britt Johnston ( @BrittJohnston ), Principal Group Manager shares what he has heard from customers recently...
  • Blog Post: New PHP Blog from Brian Swan

    My name is Brian Swan. I’m a fan of both PHP and Microsoft technologies, and I work in the SQL Server organization here at Microsoft as a content publisher. I’ve started a new blog, http://blogs.msdn.com/brian_swan , to follow Microsoft’s endeavors into PHP interoperability and to provide PHP developers...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant 5.2 is Now Available

    SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) v5.2 is now available. SSMA simplifies database migration process from Oracle/Sybase/MySQL and Microsoft Access to SQL Server and SQL Azure. SSMA automates all aspects of migration including migration assessment analysis, schema and SQL statement conversion, data...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 Customer Technology Preview (CTP) Available

    As part of our commitment to delivering and supporting high-quality software to our customers, Microsoft is pleased to announce SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 CTP. Customers with existing investments on SQL Server 2008 R2 are encouraged to explore Service Pack 2 CTP. Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 R2 includes...
  • 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: Hy-Vee boosts performance by up to 100X, increases competitiveness with Parallel Data Warehouse deployment

    We’ve recently been talking about what goes on behind the scenes with SQL Server. While we love to share stories about the nuts and bolts of what we do, our favorite stories are those showing how customers are using our technology to tackle business challenges and achieve their goals. A great example...