SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2.2 is available

The SQL Server engineering team is committed to SQL Server 2016 monthly public preview release rhythm. Following CTP 2.1 release last month, we are excited to announce the immediate availability of SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.2 release for download. This incremental release includes new capabilities for query store, stretch database, core engine, temporal, MDS, reporting… Read more

Microsoft TechEd turns 20 with the SQL Server Team on hand to celebrate!

It has been 20 years since Microsoft started TechEd to provide hands on training from Microsoft experts across current and soon-to-release products, solutions and services. The event has grown to become Microsoft’s premier technology conference for IT Pros and Developers, and to mark our 20th year we are really excited to be presenting an awesome… Read more

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… Read more

SQL Server 2008 SP2 is available for download today!

Microsoft is pleased to announce the availability of SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2. Both the Service Pack and Feature Pack updates are now ready for download on the Microsoft Download Center.  Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 includes new compatibility features with SQL Server 2008 R2, product improvements based on requests from the… Read more

Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server 2.0 released!!

Microsoft is announcing an important interoperability milestone: the release of the Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server 2.0!! The major highlight of this release is the addition of the PDO_SQLSRV driver, which adds support for PHP Data Objects (PDO). The PHP community has signaled that PDO is the future as it removes data access complexity… Read more

New Data Visualizations in SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 R2

Sean Boon from the Reporting Services team here. In the spirit of last week’s SQL Server Sequence question about Reporting Services 2008 R2. I wanted to talk more about the new visualizations and how they can help you effectively communicate insights in your data.   Maps.  Maps can be very powerful visualizations.  They can consume… Read more

Do You Know Your Data? Test Yourself with the SQL Server Sequence

The SQL Server Sequence has concluded. Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner, Nikolas Allen! In anticipation of the SQL Server R2 launch, we held a contest to test your knowledge of SQL Server and give away some great prizes in the process. For 12 weeks, we issued a new question per week on one of… 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