October 28, 2010 News Thursday: PDC Edition

Platform as a service is where developers and businesses will ultimately see the true value of the cloud, and the OS for Platform as a service is Windows Azure.  The Windows Azure platform, comprised of Windows Azure and SQL Azure, is supported by a rich set of development tools, management, and services from Microsoft. It’s… Read more

PowerPivot downloads for Excel and SharePoint now available

Last week, we announced the availability of the SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP on the Data Platform Insider blog. Today we are excited to share that the SQL Server 2008 R2 PowerPivot downloads for Microsoft Excel 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 are now available!  To download PowerPivot for Excel and SharePoint, please go… Read more

Microsoft Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of Latest Magic Quadrants for Application Infrastructure

Microsoft has been positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of all three Gartner Application Infrastructure Magic Quadrants. The Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for SOA Composite Application Projects , Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for New Systematic SOA Application Projects,  and the Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Back-End Application Integration Projects. In Microsoft’s opinion, placement… Read more

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Is the Value Leader According to Latest Benchmarks

New TPC-E performance benchmark results from the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) rank Microsoft SQL Server 2008 No. 1 for price/performance on industry-leading hardware using Intel Corporation’s new Dunnington x64 processor, and on another TPC-E release, SQL Server 2008 is No. 1 for performance using the new IBM System x3950 M2 server. In China, OEM… Read more

Microsoft Focuses on Bringing Modeling Mainstream, Improves IT Delivery of Business Strategies

Today in this video, Bob Muglia re-affirmed Microsoft’s commitment to modeling and discussed how modeling relates to Dynamic IT, how Microsoft plans to make the technology mainstream and why modeling is important   Video: Microsoft Modeling   Modeling is a core pillar of Dynamic IT, which focuses on helping customers improve organizational agility and optimize… Read more

TechEd 2008 Developers: News from the frontlines

Today, at Tech Ed 2008 Developers in Orlando, FL Bill Gates delivered a keynote address in which he reflected on the company’s 33-year history with developers and shared his predictions for the future of application development. He also made several product-related announcements that build on Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5, and demonstrate… 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, http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/itanalyst/default.mspx … Read more

Microsoft positioned in Challengers Quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Software Change and Configuration Management for Distributed Platforms, 2008

Microsoft has been positioned in the Challengers Quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Software Change and Configuration Management for Distributed Platforms, 2008.   Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team System Team Foundation Server is an integrated collaboration server for Visual Studio Team System. It combines team portal, version control, work item tracking, build management, process guidance, and… Read more

Scott Guthrie: Changes to .NET Framework Reference License

On January 16, 2008, Scott Guthrie, General Manager within the Microsoft Developer Division, announced on his blog that the .NET Framework Reference Source will be updated from the standard Microsoft Reference License to the .NET Framework Reference License. This change was based on community feedback about potential impacts of viewing the source with non-Windows operating… Read more

ADO.NET Entity Framework Beta 3 and ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview

Today Microsoft announced the release of Beta 3 of the ADO.NET Entity Framework, and a preview of ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions. Designed to make it even easier for developers to build data-centric applications and services regardless of the underlying data source, the ADO.NET Entity Framework is already gaining significant support from multiple database vendors and third-party… Read more