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Making Big Data Work for Everyone 

This has been a really exciting week for the Microsoft data platform. On Monday, we announced the general availability of Power BI for Office 365. This morning, we announced that support for Hadoop 2.2 clusters is now in preview for Windows Azure HDInsight—our cloud-based Hadoop service. And, I just presented at Strata, one of our industry’s premier...

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Windows Azure HDInsight Released for GA 

Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure HDInsight, its cloud-based distribution of Hadoop. Further expanding on Microsoft’s big data strategy, Microsoft CVP Quentin Clark will deliver a keynote at O’Reilly Strata + Hadoop World tomorrow, where he will discuss Microsoft’s vision to democratize big data by providing easy to use tools and a...

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What’s Your Favorite Feature of SQL Server 2012? 

PASS Summit in November was a perfect opportunity to catch up with SQL Server community members to ask them about their favorite features of SQL Server 2012. We caught up with many of them at a local restaurant and captured their responses in this video to kick off Quentin Clark’s keynote. Perhaps not surprisingly, the...

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PASS Summit 2012 Recap & the Milestones of SQL Server 2012 

Last week marked the completion of a great week at PASS Summit 2012, the world’s largest technical training conference for SQL Server professionals and BI experts alike. During this year’s 3-day conference, nearly 4,000 attendees heard firsthand about the great advances being made toward managing big data. Over the course of two keynote speeches by...

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