Windows 7 Now Available

You might have heard about this somewhere else..  but Windows 7 was launched today. I recently got an upgraded laptop from my employer, upon which I installed Windows 7.  Both the machine and the software are quite remarkable. First, the machine, so you can see how sweetly I’m riding these days, is an HP EliteBook…

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Beta 2 Release for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Available for Download

Exciting news for the developer community: yesterday Microsoft released the second beta for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.  Click here for the download page. If you need it, go get it! -wp this copyrighted material was originally posted at http://blogs.technet.com/wardpond.  the author and his employer are pleased to provide this content for you…

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SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP Available for Download

If you’re interested in the next release of SQL Server, the BI-focused SQL Server 2008 R2, you’ll be pleased to know that the August CTP is available for download here for MSDN and TechNet members. Here’s the skinny from the download page: SQL Server 2008 R2 expands on the value delivered in SQL Server 2008…

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Cumulative Upgrade 4 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 is Now Available

Actually, I’m about a month late to the party on this one..  but I’ve been busy.. Cumulative Upgrade 4 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 is available for download here. The SQL Server Release team discusses the SP3 release here and the SP2 release here.  Aaron Bertrand has a nice discussion here of issues…

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Cumulative Update Package 1 For SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 is Available for Download

Jens, the newly minted MCM:Database (congratulations, Jens!) had this last week.. For those waiting to update their SQL Server 2008 RTM CU4 instances to SP1 without losing their CU4 fixes, the new Cumulative Update Package 1 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1, available for download here, includes these fixes. You must apply SQL Server…

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SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 Now Available for Download

SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 was released earlier this week and is available for download here. There are details on the Data Platform Insider blog, and Jimmy May is an enthusiastic proponent of its supportability and stability enhancements. The Service Pack is a roll-up of Cumulative Update Packages 1 through 3 (CU 4 is…

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IE8 is Here!

Microsoft’s newest web browser, Internet Explorer 8, was released about three hours ago and is now available for download here. If you want it, go get it! -wp this copyrighted material was originally posted at http://blogs.technet.com/wardpond.  the author and his employer are pleased to provide this content for you at that site, and via rss,…

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SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 CTP Released

I’m a day late with this, I’m afraid, but it’s still worthwhile.. As reported yesterday on the Microsoft SQL Server Release Services blog, Microsoft has released the Community Technology Preview (CTP) for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1.  It’s available for download here. The Community Technology Preview program allows you to kick the tires of…

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Cumulative Update Package 2 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 Released

Only a day late this time.. Cumulative Update Package 2 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 has been released and is available for download here.  As always, Microsoft recommends that you test this package on another instance before installing it into production.  You should also only apply this update if you’re experiencing one of the issues…

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Last Day to Start Downloading the Windows 7 Beta

As previously mentioned, if you want to work with the Windows 7 Beta, you need to start your download today and finish it by this Thursday, 12 February 2009.  Full details are available here. If you want it, go get it!  You need to register and start your download today, and finish your download by…

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