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SQL Server 2008 R2 PowerPivot for Excel and SharePoint is here; volume licensing downloads available today 

We’re happy to announce volume licensing downloads for SQL Server 2008 R2 are available today in all languages, including the public availability of the much anticipated PowerPivot functionality, delivering on the promise of managed self-service BI. Starting today customers can download the trial version of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 and the web downloads of...Read more

SQL Server 2008 R2 is now available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers 

Today we are happy to announce the availability of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. For subscribers, SQL Server 2008 R2 is now available in the following editions: Enterprise, Standard, Web, Workgroup and Developer (English Language availability only). To get started visit – As a reminder, customers and partners who...Read more

Guest Blogger: John Fruehe, Director of Product Marketing for Server/Workstation products at AMD 

Microsoft and AMD – Delivering Enhanced Value to SQL Server Customers  Congratulations to Microsoft on the RTM of Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 R2! Matched with our new AMD Opteron™ 6000 Series platform we have a combination that delivers real value to the database market. I remember a time when “value” meant “cheap” and that as...Read more

Microsoft ships the final Technology Preview for SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse 

  Today, Microsoft shipped the final Technology Preview of SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse and announced the Technology Adoption Program (TAP). Customers interested in joining the Technology Preview or the TAP, that officially starts now, should email This is a significant milestone on the integration of DATAllegro technology as Parallel Data Warehouse...Read more

Exhibiting at TDWI AND Celebrating the completion of the first technology preview of SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse…What a great week! 

 The team is very happy to announce the completion of the first technology preview for SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse! Our new, massively scalable data warehousing solution is unique because it offers hardware flexibility with configurations from the major hardware vendors – Bull, Dell, EMC, HP and IBM. Parallel Data Warehouse also offers...Read more

You Ask, We deliver – Timelines for SQL Server Service Packs 

The SQL Server team has been very busy building SQL Server 2008 R2 and we are extremely excited for the upcoming launch. The feedback from customers who have downloaded and tested a Community Technology Preview (CTP) has been invaluable. We believe that having an open and active dialogue with customers is imperative. From feedback on...Read more

Ted Kummert, Senior Vice President, speaks about helping customers in consolidation efforts 

Check out a new video with Ted Kummert, SVP for the Microsoft Business Platform Division, outlining how Microsoft and its partners are trying to help customers realize the key benefits of SQL Server consolidation. As customers try to reduce costs, they are looking at SQL Server consolidation. To reach significant cost savings customers should follow...Read more

SQL Server 2008 R2 gets an official date 

Today, SQL Server 2008 R2 received an official release date. It will be listed on Microsoft’s May price list, and will be available by May 2010.   SQL Server 2008 R2 showcases Microsoft’s continued commitment to business intelligence and mission-critical workloads. Since we made this release available as a Community Technology Preview (CTP) in August...Read more

PowerPivot downloads for Excel and SharePoint now available 

Last week, we announced the availability of the SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP. 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 here: PowerPivot for Excel provides...Read more

Helping Customers of All Sizes Improve Business Planning and Consolidations 

SAP issued a press release today announcing the Microsoft support of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation (BPC) version for the Microsoft platform. This relationship gives us another option to meet customer and partner demand for a budgeting & planning application built on top of the Microsoft platform. The application leverages Microsoft Office, including tight integration...Read more

Announcing the SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP 

At the PASS Summit 2009 last week, Ted Kummert announced the soon-to-be-delivered November SQL Server 2008 R2 Community Technology Preview. We’re happy to announce that it is available today for MSDN and TechNet subscribers and it will be available to the general public on November 11th.  Go to to get more information and to...Read more