Chart Controls released in .Net Framework 3.5

Microsoft today announced the (out-of-band) release of the ASP.NET Chart Control for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.  The ASP.NET Chart Control is a free, full-featured chart control package which enables developers to easily add rich data visualization to ASP.NET and Windows Forms applications.  Acquired from Dundas Software, the industry leader in .NET charting solutions, the ASP.NET… Read more

Redmondmag.com goes inside SQL Server 2008

Don Kiely from Redmond Developer Magazine wrote an article entitled “Inside SQL Server 2008,” that highlights the new features of SQL Server 2008. The article is also featured on the cover of the November 2008 print edition of the publication. A quote from Don’s article reads, “SQL Server 2008 is not a fundamental rewrite of… Read more

New version of SQL Data Services part of “Azure” CTP

Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) kicked off this week with a bang. We announced the availability of the latest version of SQL Data Services (SDS) (formerly SQL Server Data Services) as well as the SDK toolkit, as part of the Microsoft Azure™ Services Platform (Azure) Community Technology Preview (CTP). Also announced was the upcoming CTP… Read more

SQL Server 2005 SP3 Public CTP now available

SQL Server 2005 SP3 CTP is now available for public testing. Details SP3 CTP provides a roll-up of QFE work done since SP2, as well as addresses critical issues reported through the SQL Server community. Per revised servicing strategy for SQL Server releases, SP3 does not introduce new features. SP3 CTP applies to: SQL Server… Read more

SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack Released

A collection of 26 free stand-alone tools, components and frameworks has been released. This collection is designed to enhance using and developing for SQL Server 2008 as well as other versions of SQL Server. The Feature Pack consists of the following: Microsoft ADOMD.NET ADOMD.NET is a Microsoft .NET Framework object model that enables software developers… Read more

SQL Server 2008 performs 1 trillion row query in seconds at BI Conference

The Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle is buzzing today as Microsoft kicks off its second annual Business Intelligence Conference. Microsoft Business Division president Stephen Elop took the stage to speak to more than 2,500 customers and partners about end-user empowerment, self-service BI, and people-ready BI, followed by Ted Kummert, corporate vice president… Read more

New study finds 162% Risk-Adjusted ROI for SQL Server 2008 Deployment

An independently commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting explores the economic impact and ROI achieved by a healthcare customer after deploying SQL Server 2008. Read the Total Economic Impact (TEI) study here. The customer operates four hospitals and other medical facilities, and handles approximately 500,000 SQL Server database queries daily. Forrester concluded that by upgrading… Read more

New SQL Server 2008 Experience web site launched

Today, Microsoft launched the SQL Server 2008 Experience, which is a new web site that helps Microsoft’s customers and partners learn behind-the-scenes details about about SQL Server 2008. The launch of the SQL Server 2008 Experience kicks off a worldwide readiness outreach that will reach over 350,000 customers, partners and community members through in-person events… Read more

Extending the Microsoft Data Platform to the Cloud

Dave Campbell, Microsoft Technical Fellow and SQL Server guru, is interviewed by Microsoft’s Channel 9 team. Dave shares what will be unveiled with respect to extending the Microsoft Data Platform to the cloud at this year’s PDC 2008 conference in Los Angeles. Dave is scheduled to present a session on data-driven applications that integrate devices… Read more

New TPC-E benchmarks rank SQL Server 2008 #1 Value Leader

New benchmarks released by the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) ranks SQL Server 2008 #1 for price/performance, offering customers the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) for an enterprise-class database. The benchmark results demonstrate the performance benefits customers can expect from pairing SQL Server 2008 with hardware from leading industry partners including Intel and IBM…. Read more