Sample Download Available for the .NET StockTrader 2.0 and Configuration Services 2.0

Microsoft has posted the sample download for the .NET StockTrader 2.0 and Configuration Services 2.0, which includes new benchmarks, tutorials and a full white paper. The .NET StockTrader 2.0 is the updated version of  the sample reference application .NET StockTrader 1.0 and based on Windows Server 2008 with .NET Framework 3.5. More details can be… Read more

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 Available for Download

If Windows Server 2008 is the brisket, as previously described by group product manager Alex Hinrichs, Hyper-V is the special sauce.  And today, the brisket gets even tastier with Hyper-V release candidate 1 (RC 1), which is available for download.    Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V contains everything needed to support customers’ server consolidation, business continuity… Read more

HPC Server 2008 Beta

On Friday, Microsoft announced the release of Windows HPC Server 2008 Beta 2. This beta is a production ready release and includes the following features/functionality:   Windows HPC Server 2008 combines the power of the Windows Server platform with rich, out-of-the-box functionality to help improve the productivity and reduce the complexity of your HPC environment. Windows… Read more

Customers Share Experiences with Windows Server 2008

Since the Heroes Happen Here launch in February, Windows Server 2008 customers are seeing strong results. Over the course of the next few months, product managers from the Windows Server Division will be showcasing, on the Windows Server Blog, multiple customer stories and scenarios that truly demonstrate the breadth of Windows Server 2008.   One such… Read more

Microsoft Announces Public Preview and Pricing for Windows Essential Server Solutions

Today the Microsoft Windows Essential Server Solutions team announced the public preview and pricing for both Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. With this public preview, any interested customers or partners can sign up to download and evaluate pre-release versions of both products   For more information on the… Read more

Microsoft positioned in Leaders Quadrant of Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Servers 2008

Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Servers, 2Q08 (Gartner, April 24, 2008) Foundational EAS technology is evolving to meet the challenges of constant innovation in business software. Gartner positions Microsoft in Leaders Quadrant in the 2008 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Servers.   For more information visit, … Read more

Connected Systems Division Acquires Covast’s Technology

Today, the Connected Systems Division signed an agreement to acquire the IP for Covast’s advanced B2B capabilities. This will be incorporated into a new “BizTalk Advanced B2B Pack” which will be available as part of Software Assurance benefits to customers who license BizTalk ServerR3 .   Why is this important? It builds on the most… Read more

Microsoft announces its next-generation secure remote access solution and an enhanced SharePoint Optimizer

During Interop Las Vegas, Microsoft announced its next-generation secure remote access gateway product, Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG), available in the first half of 2009. Forefront Unified Access Gateway is the evolution of Microsoft’s current solution, Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG 2007).  UAG will bring new features and functionality to make remote access easier than ever… Read more

BizTalk Server Gets Updates and a New Name

On the heels of this latest platform wave with Windows Server 2008, .NET Framework 3.5, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008- the Connect Systems Division wants to take advantage of the innovations in these products and align BizTalk Server to the most recent versions.  Once SQL Server 2008 (the final of the three to… Read more

An Addition to the SQL Server Team

David DeWitt, one of the top minds in the database systems industry, has joined Microsoft as a Technical Fellow on the SQL Server team. Microsoft recently asked DeWitt to create a new development lab in Madison, Wisconsin that will be named for Jim Gray, the Microsoft computer scientist who was lost at sea in a… Read more