Yankee Group identified a sharp rise in companies’ assessment of Microsoft’s security level

For 3 or 4 years I’ve been telling people how Microsoft has made security and privacy the number one priority.  From this Yankee Group article (excerpt below) – it’s good to see perception change and that change based on customer experience.    “In terms of security, The Yankee Group identified a sharp rise in companies’…

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SAP and Microsoft Create ‘Mendocino’ Product to integrate Office, Exchange and SAP

Microsoft and SAP are to release a joint product to bring Office, Exchange and SAP together – code named ‘Mendocino’;  harnessing Web Services and Services-Oriented Architecture to Ease Integration You can find more info here http://uk.news.moneycentral.msn.com/ticker/article.asp?Symbol=US:MSFT&Feed=PR&Date=20050426&ID=4395944 For those of you interested in seeing a brief demo and comments from Jeff Raikes at the press conference,…

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SQL Server 2005 Integration Services – Migrating SQL Server 2000 DTS tasks

I have extracted the following from a useful article: SQL Server 2005 Integration Services: Lessons from Project REAL, http://msdn.microsoft.com/sql/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnsql90/html/SQL05InSrREAL.asp   SQL Server 2005 Integration Services is a completely new product. While it is able to continue running SQL Server 2000 DTS packages, SSIS has a new design surface, a new object model, and a new internal design….

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SQL Server 2005 feature comparison by edition

You can find which editons of SQL Server 2005 have which feature @ http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2005/productinfo/sql2005features.asp Essentially as you move from SQL 2005 Express edition through to SQL 2005 Enterprise edition you gain the features that give you scalability and high availablilty.  Only Standard and Enterprise editions come with Integration Services and only the Enterprise edition comes with the…

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Download Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition: Community Technology Preview April 2005

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition: Community Technology Preview April 2005 Download the Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. Unlike beta releases that receive a much higher level of testing and feature work, CTPs are intended to expose the latest working build.   This CTP is feature complete and looks…

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SP2 for Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services is now ready for download

The Reporting Services team has just released Service Pack 2 of SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services! The service pack is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=502C0D89-1308-4662-8F58-CEC55EF1235B&displaylang=en You also can get to the SP2 download information from the following sites: Reporting Services Home: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/reporting/default.asp Reporting Services Downloads: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/reporting/downloads/default.asp SQL Server Service Packs: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/downloads/servicepacks.asp SQL…

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Additional code samples based on the Business Intelligence Portal

Following on from my post http://blogs.technet.com/mat_stephen/archive/2005/02/01/364612.aspx that advertised the Business Intelligence Portal Sample Application for Microsoft Office. I have found we have also set-up a workspace on GotDotNet for the developer/partner community to assist each other and share additional code samples based on the Business Intelligence Portal. http://www.gotdotnet.com/workspaces/workspace.aspx?id=40063240-4d29-42d6-a163-47dcdf2efcaa.  The workspace is private, so to become a…

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Want to hear the latest on SQL Server 2005 from the big cheese? Want to get a go-live-license for SQL Serever 2005 Express Edition?

I want to share with you a letter from Paul Flessner that has been sent to ‘Testers of SQL Server 2005’.  Why?  Because if this is news to you, you are not a tester and if you’re reading this you are most likely interested in what’s going on with SQL Server 2005 behind the scene…

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