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SQL Server 2008 RC0 now available for subscribers 

On the heels of TechEd 2008 for Developers ending on Friday, we are happy to announce that SQL Server 2008 RC0 has been made available for early download by MSDN and TechNet Plus subscribers. RC0 is the final step before SQL Server 2008 RTMs in Q3 of this year. After logging into their respective accounts,...Read more

New logo for SQL Server® 2008 

  The Microsoft branding team unveiled an official new logo for SQL Server 2008 at TechEd 2008. The new symbol portion of the logo (officially called “dynamic grid symbol”) is part of a larger branding strategy designed to help customers and partners distinguish server products in Microsoft’s overall product portfolio. Other goals for this new...Read more

Microsoft Project Codename “Velocity” and Sync Framework News 

Members of the SQL Server Data Programmability team were at TechEd Developers this week announcing news around the Microsoft Sync Framework and what we are calling Project “Velocity”.  Velocity is a distributed in-memory application cache platform for developing scalable, high-performance applications. Velocity can be used to cache any type of data that is accessed frequently...Read more

Understanding the new approach to Service Packs 

As we’ve previously written about on this blog, we will be releasing Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2005 in CY2008 following the release to manufacturing of SQL Server 2008. We’ve gotten some questions about the differences between Service Packs, Cumulative Updates and Hotfixes. The following blog entry from the SQL Server Release Services team...Read more

David DeWitt joins the SQL Server team 

I’m happy to report that Dr. David DeWitt, one of the top minds in the database field, has joined Microsoft as a Technical Fellow. David is tasked with starting up a new advanced development lab in partnership with the University of Wisconsin- Madison – the Jim Gray Systems Lab. The naming of the lab is...Read more

SQL Server 2005 – Cumulative Update 7 released 

This Cumulative Update 7 contains hotfixes for SQL Server 2005 issues that have been fixed since the release of Service Pack 2. Learn more: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949095/en-us SQL Server Release Services blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlreleaseservices/...Read more

SQL Server 2005 SP3 – coming soon 

Over the last year we have successfully established the Incremental Servicing Model (ISM), which has to date delivered 7 cumulative updates (CU) to our customers, in regular 8 week intervals. We’ve heard feedback from customers of the need for a third service pack for SQL Server 2005. I’m happy to inform you that we will...Read more

Unbreakable? 

Oracle recently released their latest Critical Patch Update which fixes vulnerabilities “in hundreds of Oracle products”. From a database perspective: it fixes 17 database vulnerabilities, two of them that can be exploited remotely without authentication. There are vulnerabilities in many of their modules, from the core RDBMS to the options like Spatial and Auditing. Seeing...Read more

India Launch events 

I just got back from a 2 week trip to India, taking part in their local launch events. We reached over 1500 people at over 3 launch events,  in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. V. Somasegar – the Senior VP from the Visual Studio team was the keynote speaker. This was the first launch to have...Read more

Sync up with the new Microsoft® Sync Framework CTP2 

The Microsoft Sync Framework continues to evolve as the latest CTP2 bits were released last week. This latest build reflects the final API changes that will be used for RTM. The team has done an excellent job with respect to the framework’s original design and implementation as is demonstrated by the fine tuning nature of...Read more