April 28, 2011 News Thursday: LinkShare Chooses Windows Azure Platform, Research Teams Compute in the Clouds, Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008 Complete Common Criteria, and other Server and Tools News

  Windows Azure AppFabric Caching Service Released At the MIX conference we announced that the Windows Azure AppFabric Caching service will be released soon. Today we are pleased to announce that the Caching service has been released. The Caching service is a distributed, in-memory cache that can be used to accelerate the performance and scale… Read more

Target Running Hyper-V in All 1,755 Stores; Microsoft Management Summit 2011 Begins Today

Microsoft’s annual Management Summit kicks off today and approximately 4,000 attendees are arriving in Las Vegas for the event.     As the show begins, today Microsoft highlighted the experiences of retailer Target Corp. using Microsoft virtualization and management technologies.   Target, the second largest discount retailer in the U.S., has virtualized inventory, point-of-sale, supply-chain… Read more

Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RTMs today!

Today, Microsoft released Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to manufacturing and announced that it will be available to customers on February 22, 2011. Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 enables sophisticated desktop virtualization capabilities that build on the comprehensive virtualization functionality already included in the Windows Server operating system. Specifically… Read more

Microsoft STB Products Recognized as Industry Winners in 2010

Looking back at 2010, the Server and Tools Business yielded numerous product announcements throughout the year. As a result, several publications have identified Server and Tools products as industry winners in annual product awards. Check out the great accomplishments STB products earned in a handful of industry awards this year: Identity Lifecycle Manager took home… Read more

OpenStack is now open for Microsoft’s Hyper-V

Microsoft is partnering with Cloud.com and Rackspace to provide support of its virtualization platform, Hyper-V, to the OpenStack project.  This allows customers and service providers to use Windows Server R2 2008 Hyper-V virtualized environments running a mix of Microsoft and non-Microsoft infrastructure with greater flexibility when using OpenStack.   Learn more about the announcement at… Read more

Server and Tools Business makes as splash at Microsoft’s 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference

Today kicked off the first day of Microsoft’s 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington D.C.    Top on the agenda is cloud computing. Cloud computing is creating a transformative change and opportunity for customers and partners, enabling what is called IT-as-a -Service. Microsoft is working with its partners to lead the way for customers to… Read more

Microsoft Accelerates Desktop Virtualization

Two years ago Microsoft unveiled their virtualization vision and has since spoken frequently about server virtualization. Today they rounded out the other side of the equation and provided more details on their desktop virtualization offerings. There is a lot to digest and Microsoft has posted a good deal of content on each part of today’s… Read more

Microsoft Announces Exchange Server 2010 Availability and Wave of Innovations at Tech•Ed Europe 2009

Today at the Microsoft Tech•Ed Europe 2009 conference in Germany, Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop announced that Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 is now available worldwide to help businesses reduce costs, protect communications and delight e-mail users. Along with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Exchange Server 2010 is part of a generation of… Read more

Provide a Better Web Site Experience with Faster Response Times

Today, Microsoft announced the beta release of IIS Application Warm-Up – an extension for IIS 7.5 that enables IT Professionals to improve the responsiveness of their Web sites by loading the Web applications before the first request arrives. By proactively loading and initializing all the dependencies such as database connections, compilation of ASP.NET code, and… Read more