Beyond end-of-support: Seeing value in modernization 

This post was authored by Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director, Product Marketing. Today is the last day of extended support for SQL Server 2005. Starting tomorrow, companies running SQL Server 2005 will no longer receive security updates or hotfixes from Microsoft. We started on this journey eighteen months ago, with our first discussion on the end…Read more

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Microsoft SQL Server Developer Edition is now free 

This post was authored by Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director of Data Platform Marketing NOTE: For the latest information on Microsoft SQL Server Developer Edition, please see the blog post: Test the latest SQL Server features with Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Developer Edition Exciting news! Starting today, SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition is now a free…Read more


Time is running out: Upgrade SQL Server 2005 now 

Less than one month remains before support ends for SQL Server 2005 on April 12, 2016. If you’re still using this version or other legacy versions of SQL Server, there’s never been a better time to upgrade to SQL Server 2014 and Microsoft Azure SQL Database to safeguard your business and reap all the benefits…Read more

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Planning an efficient upgrade from SQL Server 2005: Step 3 of 3 

Step 3: Identify your upgrade strategy As the end-of-support deadline for SQL Server 2005 draws near (April 12, 2016), you are probably starting to think about your upgrade strategy. Upgrading SQL Server is a multistage effort that takes time. Planning your SQL Server upgrade early will help you save money and prevent unnecessary business interruptions….Read more


Planning an efficient upgrade from SQL Server 2005: Step 1 of 3 

Step 1: Discover what’s in your database environment Upgrading a database can seem daunting. Fortunately, Microsoft offers exceptional tools and support to help you smoothly upgrade from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2014 and Microsoft Azure SQL Database before the end-of-support deadline on April 12, 2016. In this series of three blog posts, we’ll…Read more

Top 10 reasons to upgrade from SQL Server 2005 

April 12, 2016, is an important date for organizations still running SQL Server 2005. That’s the day Microsoft extended support ends. And although next year may seem like a long way off, this year is the time to implement a plan to upgrade your aging technology to Microsoft SQL Server 2014. Not convinced an upgrade…Read more


Avoiding technical debtor’s prison with the right data platform 

“Technical debtor’s prison” is a term I recently came across in a Forrester Research report, “CIOs’ Top Five Career-Ending Digital Transformation Challenges” by Bobby Cameron with Peter Burris, Rachael Klehm, and Rachel Birrell. The idea is that CIOs sometimes feel indebted to the specific technology that has a history of serving the organization well over…Read more


New SQL Server 2014 Logo Certification Program 

We are proud to announce the SQL Server Logo Certification Program, part of the Enterprise Cloud Application Logo Certification Programs announced in April. The program is designed to help application providers and ISV partners drive growth through recognition that their applications work with Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and global exposure in the Microsoft Pinpoint partner…Read more