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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...

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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 – http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions http://technet.microsoft.com/subscriptions As a reminder, customers and partners who...

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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...

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SQL Server Driver for PHP 2.0 with support for PDO (PHP Data Objects)

Today, we released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the SQL Server Driver for PHP 2.0 with support for PDO (PHP Data Objects). This new technical bridge for PHP developers that will reduce the complexity of targeting multiple databases and will make it easier for PHP applications to interoperate smoothly with Microsoft SQL Server 2005...

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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 mdsontap@microsoft.com. This is a significant milestone on the integration of DATAllegro technology as Parallel Data Warehouse...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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: http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/R2Downloads.aspx PowerPivot for Excel provides...

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