SQL Server 2012 Released to Manufacturing

Exciting news! Microsoft announced today that SQL Server 2012 has released to manufacturing. Customers and partners can download an evaluation of the product today and can expect general availability to begin on April 1. Microsoft also announced today an additional preview of an Apache Hadoop-based service on Windows Azure that will be available in the… Read more

Big Data for Everyone: Using Microsoft’s Familiar BI Tools with Hadoop

The Microsoft BI blog series on Microsoft’s Big Data technologies continues with a guest post from Ashvini Sharma discussing how organizations can benefit from Microsoft BI tools connecting to Hadoop. Ashvini is a Group Program Manager in the SQL Server Business Intelligence Group here at Microsoft.  Visit the Official Microsoft BI Blog for the detailed… Read more

Try Power View for a Chance to Win Prizes

Our friends in the Microsoft BI Team are kicking off a new contest today centered on Power View, and you will have the opportunity to participate and win prizes. Power View is the new interactive data exploration and visualization tool on SQL Server 2012. Starting today and continuing every Tuesday and Thursday until March 6,… Read more

Availability of Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Hadoop based Service on Windows Azure

In October at the PASS Summit 2011, Microsoft announced expanded investments in “Big Data”, including a new Apache Hadoop™ based distribution for Windows Server and service for Windows Azure. In doing so, we extended Microsoft’s leadership in BI and Data Warehousing, enabling our customers to glean and manage insights for any data, any size, anywhere…. Read more