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SQL Server 2008 February CTP is here! 

I’m pleased to announce that we just released the February CTP of SQL Server 2008. As we’ve talked about before, this is the feature complete CTP of SQL Server 2008 which includes all of the functionality planned for the release. You can download the CTP from: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2008/prodinfo/download.mspx   Here are some of the top features...Read more

Heroes Happens Here Online 

We are now less than 30 days away from launch and our online activities are now heating up. Portrait Gallery Launched Last week, we launched the HHH Portrait Gallery, a Silverlight 1.0 application which allows everyone and anyone to upload stories about themselves – showing why they are IT Heroes, what technology they are using,...Read more

Cool Launch Comic Series 

Microsoft and Seagate have partnered with Jordan Gorfinkel, former editor of DC comics, to tell the story of our customers and partners, the unsung heroes of the technology world.  We are taking an “outside-in” approach where many of the stories and scenes come from people in the trenches.  The HHH Comic Series launches today at...Read more

SQL Server 2008 case studies 

As we get closer to launch, I wanted to spend a moment to highlight some recently published case studies for SQL Server 2008. Its great to see the excellent work that our customers and partners are doing on our upcoming release. Healthcare Group Upgrading to SQL Server 2008 to Better Protect 2 Terabytes of Data...Read more

SQL Server 2008 and Launch 

We often get questions about our upcoming Launch event in Los Angeles on Feb. 27th, and when SQL Server 2008 will actually ship. The two events are loosely connected but they are not the same. The Launch event in Los Angeles is actually a marketing event designed to tell the world about SQL Server 2008,...Read more

Get a competitive edge today: SQL Server 2008 Webcasts 

SQL Server marketing has gone all out these past 12 months creating rich, in-depth learning materials for SQL Server 2008. Experience this content first hand and get a jump in the marketplace today by viewing 28 webcasts on SQL Server 2008 and data platform technologies here.   We have 2 exciting new MSDN webcasts being...Read more

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Roadmap Clarification 

The past few months have been an amazing time for the SQL Server team as we gear up for the start of the global launch wave on February 27. The response to SQL Server 2008 has been overwhelmingly positive  – in fact, we now have more 100,000 downloads of our CTPs. What is catching users’...Read more

Looking Back – Top 10 highlights of 2007 

Well, it’s that time of the year when we look back at the past year and compile our top highlights of the year. Everyone loves a good Top 10 list so here’s mine (in no particular order):  SQL Server 2008 announcement: We unveiled details on the upcoming version of SQL Server at the BI Conference....Read more

RML Utilities for SQL Server 

The SQL Server support team just released a set of tools (RML Utilities) to help database administrators manage the performance of Microsoft SQL Server. With the RML Utilities you can answer questions such as the following:   ·         Which application, database or login is consuming the most resources, and which queries are responsible for that....Read more

SQL Server 2008 Launch Sessions 

As we get closer to launch – we have started locking down the sessions that we will have at launch. There are going to be 3 technical tracks at launch along with 1 track for IT Manager. For the 3 technical tracks, we will have 1 for Data Platform, 1 for Infrastructure and1 for developers....Read more

New ADO.NET Entity Framework and Tools CTPs released! 

The much anticipated ADO.NET Entity Framework (Beta 3) and the ADO.NET Entity Framework Tools (CTP 2) have been released. Along with these exciting releases is the announcement from popular third party provider writers to deliver support for the ADO.NET Entity Framework within 3 months of RTM. The list of provider writers includes Core Lab, IBM,...Read more

SQL Server on Channel 9 

The Developer & Partner Evangelize team just posted a ton of new SQL Server and Business Intelligence content on Channel 9. You can check it out here – https://channel9.msdn.com/sql  There are 22 screencasts posted as part of a developer training workshop built on SQL Server 2005 that has been delivered around the globe by Microsoft...Read more