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SQL Server 2008 Trial Experience available for everyone 

SQL Server 2008 RTM Trial Experience went live today, which means anyone can download the SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Evaluation edition. The trial can be downloaded from the following links: For IT Professionals and IT Managers TechNet Evaluation Center SQL Server 2008 on TechNet For Developers and Architects MSDN Evaluation Center SQL Server 2008 on...Read more

Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2008 

SQL Server 2008 has been released to manufacturing today! The official News Release is re-posted here: REDMOND, Wash. — Aug. 6, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the release to manufacturing of Microsoft SQL Server 2008, the new version of the company’s acclaimed data management and business intelligence platform. This version of SQL Server provides...Read more

PHP Driver 1.0 for SQL Server 2005 released with source 

  Exciting news for PHP developers — version 1.0 of the much anticipated SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP is now available for download. And to show Microsoft’s level of commitment to the PHP community, the full source code has been posted to Microsoft’s CodePlex web site. This new driver makes it easy for PHP...Read more

SQL Server to manage 100’s of Terabytes effortlessly with DATAllegro acquisition 

Big, big news for SQL Server customers. Microsoft announced intentions to acquire DATAllegro Inc., which is a provider of breakthrough data warehouse appliances. This acquisition will make it easier and more cost-effective than ever before for customers of all sizes to manage and gather insight from the largest data warehouses. Unlike most data warehouse appliance...Read more

Attend PASS Community Summit 2008 – Seattle, WA – Nov 18-21 

The Microsoft SQL Server Developer Team will be turning out in force for this year’s PASS Community Summit 2008. As the single largest gathering of Microsoft SQL Server professionals in the world, PASS Summit is the most important technical conference of the year for the SQL Server community. With three full days of in-depth learning...Read more

PDC 2008 – Los Angeles, CA – Oct. 27-30 

Microsoft’s premier developer event, the Professional Developer Conference, is just over 3 months away. PDC 2008 will feature more than 160 sessions covering a wide range of topics for professional developers and architects. Each session is delivered by Microsoft engineers, so attendees can expect to receive a high-quality in-depth technical understanding of Microsoft’s future platform...Read more

Demystifying Data Mining and BI for Enterprises 

Rafal Lukawiecki demystifies the perception that data mining is complex by showing IT Professionals how data mining can be used in IT to support real business scenarios. This has become possible since Microsoft has made data mining and BI accessible by all. Four easy-to-understand sessions packed with practical information explain what data mining and Business...Read more

Top Web hosting companies offer SQL Server 2008 

Customers can have their web sites hosted using SQL Server 2008 today with top Web hosting companies. These certified Microsoft partners provide customers with low-cost options that enable a fast and easy way for anyone to start using SQL Server 2008. Customers can take advantage of SQL Server 2008 features including support for managing new...Read more

7 New SQL Server 2008 Technical Articles 

The following are 7 new deep technical articles focused on SQL Server 2008: Best Practices for Data Warehousing with SQL Server 2008 There is considerable evidence that successful data warehousing projects often produce a very high return on investment. Over the years a great deal of information has been collected about the factors that...Read more

SQL Server 2008 Available on August Price List 

 Today at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, we announced that SQL Server 2008 will be on the August price list.  This means that customers and partners will soon be able to place their orders for SQL Server 2008 as we get ready to RTM in Q3 of this year.  The whole SQL Server team...Read more

Free DTS Packages Migration Webinar on July 15th, 2008 

Join SQL Server MVP and SSIS author Brian Knight to discuss the strategies of upgrading DTS packages to SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). The free session will showcase an actual DTS package conversion using DTS xChange and other strategies.  DTS xChange provides automated DTS to SSIS migration technology for complete SQL Server 2005 upgrades. The...Read more

New tools enhance SQL Server security 

In collaboration with SQL Server, IIS, and Hewlett Packard, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) announced a set of tools that customers can use to defend against SQL injection attacks on their ASP websites and identify and mitigate root ASP code vulnerabilities. These tools are available through Microsoft Security Advisory 954462. These tools provides customers...Read more