Data Platform Innovation, Without Disruption

What's next on the data frontier? Microsoft will take us into the world of in-memory transactional databases and big data. And if you know how to write code and queries against SQL Server, then you already have the necessary skills to play there.

Will Big Data Be Big with Developers?

.NET developers are database developers. Whether using ADO.NET, the Entity Framework or data binding, .NET devs work with transactional data as a matter of course.

SQL Server 2012 SP1 Released

Microsoft released the first Service Pack for SQL Server 2012 at the PASS summit event on Wednesday.

Service Pack 2 Released for SQL Server 2008 R2

Microsoft released a new Service Pack this week that offers minor fixes for SQL Server 2008 R2.

Windows Azure: The Loose Ends Come Together

On June 7, Microsoft introduced its revamped Windows Azure cloud computing platform to the world.

Microsoft Releases Second Preview of System Center 2012 SP1

Microsoft released the latest community technology preview of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 on Friday.

Report: Dell Considering Bid for Quest Software

According to a report Thursday in Bloomberg Businessweek, Dell is in talks to acquire .NET developer tools supplier, Quest Software Inc.

Microsoft Previews Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 R2

Microsoft has released a preview of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for SQL Server 2008 R2.

Amazon Cloud Adds SQL Server and .NET Support to Managed Services

Amazon Web Services is extending its managed services to Windows developers, the company announced this week.

SQL Server 2012 Is Generally Available

Microsoft has announced that SQL Server 2012 is generally available for download and purchase, starting this week.

Microsoft, the MVP Summit and the New Normal

The MVP Summit, from which I've just returned, is a very important event.

Price Increases Expected with SQL Server 2012

Compared with SQL Server 2008 R2 pricing, organizations that have machines with more than four cores per processor can expect steeper pricing with the Enterprise edition of SQL Server 2012.

Yahoo! Database Guru Joins Microsoft as Technical Fellow

Raghu Ramakrishnan has left Yahoo!, where he served as the chief scientist on several key technologies, to take the role of technical fellow within Microsoft's Server and Tools Business.

A Quick Tour of SQL Server 2012 Tools and Features

Microsoft announced the release to manufacturing of SQL Server 2012 (codenamed Denali) on Tuesday, with general availability coming April 1. SQL Server 2012 follows SQL Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft is touting its ability to handle "mission critical" operations in terms of performance, scale, security, high availability and disaster recovery.

SQL Server 2012 RTM Available for Download

SQL Server 2012 has released to manufacturing, according to Microsoft, and is now available for evaluation downloads. General availability is slated for April 1.