Cisco and Microsoft Deliver Simplified Branch Infrastructure Solution

Microsoft and Cisco announced that the Windows Server on WAAS (WoW) appliance is available to order. This appliance brings together Cisco’s Wide Area Application Services with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 to create a Branch Office Box, meant to help simplify branch office IT. Plans to build this product were announced back in February around the… Read more

Introducing the TechEd Global Pressroom

The Tech·Ed Global Pressroom on Microsoft PressPass is a new online destination for press, analysts, bloggers and the global Tech·Ed community.  Featuring press materials, event information and resources, keynote videos and more, the Global Pressroom will be regularly updated with the latest news and content from worldwide Tech·Ed events throughout the year.    The Pressroom… Read more

Oslo at PDC 2008

Oslo, a set of technical investments that simplify designing, building, managing, and scaling service-oriented and composite applications, is the focus of several PDC sessions this year. Visit this site to learn more about the Oslo modeling platform and what it will do for application development.  For an entertaining version of the history of modeling, and… Read more

PDC 2008- Microsoft Research Demonstrates Software-driven Technology Breakthroughs

On stage at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference 2008 today, Rick Rashid, senior vice president of Microsoft Research, showed developers how Microsoft is marshalling the power of software to help solve some of the toughest technological and societal challenges. Rashid highlighted initiatives spearheaded by the more than 800 researchers in Microsoft Research’s six global labs and… Read more

PDC 2008- Microsoft Delivers Pre-Beta Release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to Developers

Today at its Professional Developer Conference 2008 (PDC2008), Microsoft Corp. rallied software developers by sharing the first full public demo of Windows 7. Windows 7 extends developers’ investments in Windows Vista and encourages the creation of new applications and services for the Windows platform. The company also delivered a pre-beta build of Windows 7 to… Read more

Microsoft Silverlight and Akamai Innovate To Bring HD Video Experiences Online

Only two weeks after the release of Silverlight 2, Microsoft is working to up the ante once again for online streaming video.  Today at Digital Hollywood in LA, Microsoft introduced a new service called Internet Information Services (IIS 7.0) Smooth Streaming.  Smooth Streaming adapts online video streams to each user’s changing connectivity speed, which cuts… Read more

PDC 2008- Microsoft announces its Azure Services Platform

Today, during a keynote at the  Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2008 (PDC 2008), Ray Ozzie, Microsoft Corp.’s chief software architect, announced Windows Azure, the cloud-based service foundation underlying its Azure Services Platform, and highlighted this platform’s role in delivering a software plus services approach to computing. The Azure Services Platform is an industry-leading move by… 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. Some of the more notable new enhancements for SQL Server 2008 include: ·         Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Report Builder 2.0, which… Read more

It All Comes Together: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 RTMs

Microsoft’s virtualization solutions span the desktop to the data center including the management tools required to ensure that virtualization remains an asset and doesn’t become an unwieldy burden.  On the server Microsoft has Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and also Hyper-V Server, our standalone hypervisor, recently released in September.  On the desktop Microsoft has application, desktop… Read more

IDC Announces Q2 Worldwide Server Virtualization License Shipments

Industry analyst firm IDC today announced worldwide virtualization license shipments in the second quarter of 2008 (2Q08) increased 53% year over year, compared to a 72% year-over-year increase the previous quarter. The x86 server market led the way with 60% year-over-year growth followed by the EPIC server market with 18% growth. See the news release… Read more