The Cloud OS Vision Wave Gets Delivered

I am proud to be part of the team providing information on the innovation Microsoft is delivering to support our Cloud OS vision.  Today some of the best products in the industry are “generally available” meaning you can download them and start testing them against your unique technical requirements.  Here’s a recap of the blog…

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Pushing the Boundaries – SQL Server 2014 CTP2

We are pushing the boundaries of our data platform with breakthrough performance, cloud capabilities and the pace of delivery to our customers. Last year at PASS Summit, we announced our In-Memory OLTP project “Hekaton” and since then released SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse and public previews of Windows Azure HDInsight and Power BI for…

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R2 Wave of Previews Now Available for Download

Welcome to TechEd Europe 2013 being held in Madrid, Spain June 25-28, 2013.  We have a lot of information to share this week on Microsoft products and services that comprise our Cloud OS vision. In addition to the great session content, we also have announcements as well as partner and customer information we think you…

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Kerberos Configuration Manager for SQL Server – now available for download

Kerberos authentication provides a highly secure method to authenticate client and server entities (security principals) on a network. To use Kerberos authentication with SQL Server, a Service Principal Name (SPN) must be registered with Active Directory, which plays the role of the Key Distribution Center in a Windows domain. In addition, many customers also enable…

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Halo 4 Team Uses Agile, Cloud-Based Big Data Solution

The Halo franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. To date, more than 50 million copies of Halo video games have been sold worldwide. As developers prepared to launch Halo 4, they were tasked with analyzing data to gain insights into player preferences and support an online…

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TechMentor Early Bird Discount Ends Next Week – reserve your spot now

Interested in going to Seattle for some great technical sessions?  The TechMentor Conference is in August on the Microsoft Campus in the Briefing Center.  The early bird registration deadline looms next week so be sure to book your reservation and save. See the main site at http://techmentorevents.com/Events/MicrosoftHQ/Home.aspx for more information.

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SQL Server 2012 Product Guide – now available

The SQL Server 2012 product guide download contains the latest datasheets, white papers and technical presentations to help you evaluate the SQL Server 2012. The product guide organizes the content for easier viewing. This version of the includes the top content from the prior versions of the product guide plus 24 new presentations covering level…

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Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 PowerPivot® for Microsoft® Excel® 2010 – download now available

Microsoft PowerPivot for Microsoft Excel 2010 provides ground-breaking technology, such as fast manipulation of large data sets (often millions of rows), streamlined integration of data, and the ability to effortlessly share your analysis through Microsoft SharePoint 2010. Microsoft PowerPivot for Microsoft Excel 2010 is a data analysis tool that delivers unmatched computational power directly within…

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Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Report Builder – download now available

Report Builder provides a productive report-authoring environment for IT professionals and power users. The download provides a stand-alone installer for Report Builder. Report Builder provides data visualizations that include charts, maps, sparklines, and data bars that can help produce new insights well beyond what can be achieved with standard tables and charts. Use Report Builder…

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I Spy SQL Server 2012 RTM – now available for download to TechNet Subscribers

For those of you that have a TechNet or MSDN subscription, you might not be aware the RTM bits are on the download center.  Here’s a peek at the downloads.  It’s an incomplete list but you get the idea.  Enjoy 2012. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/securedownloads/#ProductFamilyId=461

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