January 26th, 2012 News Thursday: Dell vStart 200m, System Center Advisor Release, and more Server and Tools News…

by STB Blogger Microsoft and Dell Help Customers Move from Virtualization to Private Cloud ComputingYesterday, Microsoft and Dell announced Dell vStart 200m, another solution from the companies’ three-year initiative to help customers deploy and manage virtualization and private cloud technologies.  The pre-built appliance brings together the best of Dell and Microsoft technology to give customers… Read more

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

Microsoft Business Intelligence: NEW Gartner “Leader’s” Ranking & Other Developments

Gartner recently issued its annual Magic Quadrant Business Intelligence Platforms and in it, thanks in part to customer feedback, elevated Microsoft’s position within the Leader’s quadrant. For more information on Gartner’s 2011 Business Intelligence Platform Magic Quadrant, please visit Microsoft’s new BI blog here and follow Microsoft BI on twitter @MicrosoftBI. As a reminder, here… Read more

Microsoft at Oracle OpenWorld this week

The SQL Server team traveled to San Francisco for the Oracle OpenWorld conference this week armed with a box of free “SQL Server 2008 for the Oracle DBA” DVDs. Why this particular swag? The team explains on their blog: “As SQL Server becomes more widespread in their organizations, and more accepted for mission-critical workloads, these DBAs… 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

Project “Gemini” Name Revealed

At the Microsoft SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas today, Microsoft announced the official name of Project “Gemini,” now Microsoft SQL Server PowerPivot for Excel.  PowerPivot for Excel helps drive timely and informed business decisions by empowering end users to access, integrate and analyze massive amounts of data on the desktop and share information using the… Read more

Tech•Ed: Microsoft Delivers New Wave of Technologies to Help Businesses Thrive in Today’s Economy

Microsoft Tech•Ed North America 2009 kicked off today with announcements of new technologies that enable IT professionals and developers to help their organizations save money and improve efficiencies during difficult economic times. As part of today’s news, Microsoft Corp. announced that the company is anticipating that the next version of its client operating system, Windows… Read more