SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB RC0 Now Available

We are pleased to announce that SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB Release Candidate 0 is now available for download. Try it here today! LocalDB is a new version of Express created specifically for developers. It is very easy to install and requires no management, yet it offers the same T-SQL language, programming surface and client-side… Read more

Available Today: Preview Release of the SQL Server ODBC Driver for Linux

In our continued commitment to interoperability, we are very excited to announce the availability of a preview release of the SQL Server ODBC Driver for Linux! This release will allow native developers to access Microsoft SQL Server from Linux operating systems. To assist our customers with native applications on multi-platform we have ported our existing,… Read more

Microsoft Codename "Social Analytics" Lab

A few weeks ago we released a new “lab” on a site which some of you may be aware of called SQL Azure | Labs.  We created this site as an outlet for projects incubated out of teams who are passionate about an idea.  The labs allow you to experiment and engage with teams on… Read more

SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate is now Available!

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 the full value of SQL Server… Read more

The Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Special Ops Tour is coming!

CALLING ALL SQL SERVER PROFESSIONALS Do you want Microsoft to come to your city? This March, Microsoft is teaming with PASS to bring you the SQL Server 2012 Special Ops Tour, a cross-country, technical training roadshow that will take us to 12 cities across America. But this is your tour, and we want hear from… Read more

Two New Training Programs for SQL MCM Preparedness

We are pleased to announce two new training opportunities being launched by Microsoft Learning to help prepare candidates for the Certified Master exams or for anyone looking to take their SQL Server skills to the next level. Coming November 29: Accelerated Prep for Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2008 As an experienced SQL Server IT… Read more

Mission Critical Applications running on SQL Server

In choosing a platform for running Mission Critical applications, IT Managers, Architects and CIOs need to ensure that the platform is trustworthy and can provide the reliability, availability, security, and performance needed to meet the service level agreements that these type of applications demand.   Below is a summary of some recent examples of organizations using… Read more

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 been a Microsoft MVP since 1997-98; and speaks frequently… Read more