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  • Announcing Windows Small Business Server 2011

    Posted by STB Blogger

    Since we announced the availability of the beta version of Windows Small Business Server Code name “Aurora” and Windows Small Business Server “7”, both products have been downloaded more than 9000 times through bout our partner and customer community. Today as we move forward with these new releases, Microsoft is announcing the final names, pricing, licensing and estimated availability for the next generation of the Small Business Server family currently in public preview.

  • Hyper-V RC Released

    Today Microsoft delivered the Hyper-V release candidate (RC) code broadly to customers and partners. This is a key milestone signaling that Microsoft is on track to deliver Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtualization by August 2008. Hyper-V RC is...
  • SQL Server 2008 SP1 Available Today

    Today, Microsoft made available the SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 via free download to current SQL Server 2008 customers. Microsoft recommends that customers currently running SQL Server 2008 should download SP1 via the SQL Server 2008 Web site to take...
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Just Got Easy

    Today, Microsoft announced a monthly spotlight series, beginning with the SEO Toolkit , an extension for IIS. Start with the free download, review your website, and make changes fast. The SEO Toolkit with its detailed analysis and search engine friendly...
  • TechEd Europe 2009 starts Monday, November 9th

    On Monday, Microsoft kicks-off TechEd EMEA 2009 in Berlin, Germany. To help you track news coming from across Microsoft please visit the TechEd Global Press Room . The TechEd Europe 2009 keynote with Stephen Elop, President of Microsoft Business...
  • Server and Tools Business makes as splash at Microsoft's 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference

    <p class="posted-by">Posted by <span class="author">STB Blogger</span></p>
    <p>Today kicked off the first day of Microsoft&rsquo;s 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington D.C.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
    <p>Top on the agenda is cloud computing. Cloud computing is creating a transformative change and opportunity for customers and partners, enabling what is called <i>IT-as-a -Service</i>.</p>
    <p>Microsoft is working with its partners to lead the way for customers to capitalize on IT-as-a-Service with a comprehensive offering of services, both our <i>services</i> platform, the Windows Azure platform, and with our <i>server</i> platform, including Windows Server. Robert Wahbe, corporate vice president of the Server and Tools Business shares a little more perspective on what IT-as-a-Service means for the company, for customers and for partners on the <a href="/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2010/07/12/realizing-the-promise-of-cloud-with-microsoft.aspx">Microsoft Blog</a>.</p>

  • Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Release

    Microsoft announced today the release of Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1. The two service packs make it even easier to develop applications for the latest platforms, with new features such as the .NET Framework Client Profile...
  • IDC Announces Q2 Worldwide Server Virtualization License Shipments

    Industry analyst firm IDC today announced worldwide virtualization license shipments in the second quarter of 2008 (2Q08) increased 53% year over year, compared to a 72% year-over-year increase the previous quarter. The x86 server market led the way with...
  • Windows Home Server Power Pack 1

    Last night at CES Microsoft announced a new update for Windows Home Server. The update, called Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 (formerly code named UR1) will ship in the first half of 2008 and hit servers via Windows Update. This update will include...
  • ADO.NET Entity Framework Beta 3 and ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview

    Today Microsoft announced the release of Beta 3 of the ADO.NET Entity Framework, and a preview of ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions. Designed to make it even easier for developers to build data-centric applications and services regardless of the underlying data...
  • New Report: Competition heating up among all the virtualization vendors as companies start to look at TCO

    The vast majority of corporations believe it’s a question of when, not if, they will transition their data centers to a virtualized environment. Intensifying competition among leading virtualization vendors and increased demand by end users is creating...
  • "Windows Server 8" Sneak Preview

    by STB Blogger

    If you’re in IT you are likely pulled between an almost infinite need for more computing power to deliver business solutions and the ever increasing demands for greater agility, higher efficiency and lower costs.  Fortunately, you can now deliver on these seemingly contradictory demands by leveraging the benefits of cloud computing with our public and private cloud solutions.  And they are only going to get better.

    Today we are excited to give you a sneak peek at the next step in private cloud computing by showing you just two of hundreds of new capabilities coming in the next version of Windows Server, internally code-named “Windows Server 8.”

  • TechEd 2008 IT Pros: News and Announcements

    Today at Tech Ed 2008 IT Pros in Orlando, FL Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Server and Tools business at Microsoft, delivered a keynote address about how Microsoft is delivering against the Dynamic IT initiative. To read the press release, view...
  • Microsoft Releases WebMatrix Beta 2

    Today, Microsoft continued to reinforce its investment in the Microsoft Web Platform by releasing beta 2 of WebMatrix. WebMatrix was first announced in July, and is a free tool that gives developers the ability to create new sites, by either writing the...
  • Microsoft takes technical computing to the clouds at Supercomputing 2010!

    Today Microsoft’s Technical Computing and eXtreme Computing groups kick off the company’s presence at Supercomputing 2010 in New Orleans. Technical computing, or supercomputing, harnesses massive computing power and enormous data for...
  • Application Appliances from Microsoft and HP save money and time, reduce IT complexity

    Posted by STB Blogger

    Today, HP and Microsoft Corp. announced application appliances that will help organizations optimize employee productivity and reduce IT complexity. By fusing applications, infrastructure and productivity tools into a single system, these new appliances deliver business services in a box and replace customized and proprietary appliances that can take up to 18 months to implement. These quick to deploy appliances help employees make better decisions, communicate with others and improve productivity.

  • December 22, 2011 News Thursday: Office 365 Integration Module for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials and more Server and Tools News

    by STB Blogger Office 365 Integration Module for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials Released Today Microsoft is pleased to announce the availability of the Office 365 Integration Module for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (OIM). Currently...
  • Microsoft Private Cloud News

    Today, during an online webcast, “Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud”, Satya Nadella, Microsoft Server & Tools Business president and Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of the Management and Security Division, discussed how Microsoft is making the private cloud real for customers now, helping businesses move faster, save money and better compete in 2012. 

  • January 12th, 2012 News Thursday: TechNet Radio, TwC 10 - Year Milestone, and more Server and Tools News...

    by STB Blogger

    Tune into TechNet Radio!

    • Microsoft Virtual Academy - Private Cloud Scenarios, SQL Server 2012, and Windows Server 2008 R2 Course Previews: In this episode of TechNet Radio, Alan Le Marquand discusses upcoming MVA courses on Private Cloud System Center 2012 scenarios such as Application Management, Orchestrator, Data Protection, Operations and Service Manager as well SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2 courses. He also lays the foundation for an upcoming Microsoft Solution Accelerators course on the MAP toolkit and how you can get involved in hands on training at your local IT Pro Camps. View the full episode here.
  • January 26th, 2012 News Thursday: Dell vStart 200m, System Center Advisor Release, and more Server and Tools News…

    by STB Blogger

    Microsoft and Dell Help Customers Move from Virtualization to Private Cloud Computing
    Yesterday, Microsoft and Dell announced Dell vStart 200m, another solution from the companies’ three-year initiative to help customers deploy and manage virtualization and private cloud technologies.  The pre-built appliance brings together the best of Dell and Microsoft technology to give customers virtualization, simply and at scale.

  • February 9th, 2012 News Thursday: Gartner Releases Magic Quadrant Results and More Server and Tools News…

    by STB Blogger

    Microsoft Featured in Leading Analyst Firm Research on BI and Data Warehouse Systems

    Earlier this week, Gartner published its latest Magic Quadrants for Business Intelligence Platforms and Data Warehouse Database Management Systems. These key research reports assist Gartner clients in navigating important vendor selection decisions. Microsoft was included in both of these Magic Quadrant evaluations, with Leaders Quadrant positioning for both.

  • February 23, 2012 News Thursday: SQL Azure Reduced Pricing, Added Language Support for Windows Azure Marketplace, and More Server and Tools News…

    by STB Blogger

    SQL Azure Announces Reduced Pricing and New 100MB Database Option

    SQL Azure has announced that it is lowering its prices and is introducing a 100MB database option, in efforts to meet evolving customer needs across both ends of the database size spectrum. The price reductions and new entry-level database option are the result of both customer feedback and evolving usage patterns which have emerged.

  • Screen Actors Guild Selects Windows Azure

    One of the entertainment industry’s leading organizations chose to use a Windows Azure solution for its data needs. The Screen Actors Guild moved their Linux based website to Azure to support their biggest annual event, the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
    Each year, the Screen Actors Guild experiences increased traffic to its awards site, which peaks the eve of its annual award ceremony. The ceremony marks SAG’s biggest traffic day of the year.

  • TechNet Radio: STB News Bytes - System Center 2012 Reviewer’s Workshop (Part 1)

    by STB Blogger About This Video In Part 1 of this System Center 2012 Reviewers Workshop series, Contributing Editor for PC Pro magazine Steve Cassidy chats with Sr. Product Manager David Mills on Microsoft’s private cloud enabler, System...
  • TechNet Radio: STB News Bytes - System Center 2012 Reviewer’s Workshop (Part 2)

    by STB Blogger About This Video In Part 2 of this System Center 2012 Reviewers Workshop series, Windows IT Pro magazine editors Mike Otey, Jeff James and Sean Deuby interview Sr. Product Manager David Mills on Microsoft’s private cloud...