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Giving feedback on SQL Server “Denali” CTP3 and SQL Azure
SQL Server “Denali” is at CTP3 – and would therefore very much welcome feedback. SQL Azure continues an aggressive cycle of release - and would therefore very much welcome feedback. Which is why we have A great place to give feedback and to to see what others care about. For SQL Azure (and the Windows Azure Platform in general) we also have http://www.mygreatwindowsaz... Thanks in advance… ......

Posted On Monday, August 22, 2011 4:14 PM

Annual SQL Server Connectivity Survey – live until 9th September 2011
The Microsoft SQL Server team has been interacting on a regular basis with developers and users in the form of surveys. If you have 15mins spare and would like to do your bit to help shape the roadmap for SQL Server then please pop over to And… My own simple one question version if you only have one minute to spare. Apologies in advance for stuff I left out! Related Links: More details of the survey are posted on the ADO.NET team blog ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 16, 2011 3:41 PM

FREE Oracle to Microsoft Migration Workshop for UK ISVs February 11th in Reading
My colleague Keith Burns (top chap with great SQL Server skills – but don’t say I said so) is helping to deliver an event focused on helping UK ISVs understand what it takes to move from Oracle to SQL Server. I would recommend you come along if you currently only target Oracle or primarily target Oracle. Looks to be shaping up into a great day. Register Today What: Oracle to Microsoft Migration Workshop When: Friday 11th February 2011, 09:00–15:45 Where: Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, ......

Posted On Thursday, January 20, 2011 11:15 AM

Two FREE events: Silverlight FireStarter and using Bing with SQL Server 2008 December 2nd
I’m on holiday the 2nd of December (Its our 21st anniversary which is mind bogglingly aweseome ) so I had been rather ignoring what was going on workwise on the 2nd. My mistake as we have two cool learning opportunities. First up we have the Silverlight Firestarter. This is a free one day global, live streamed and on demand event which is being keynoted by the amazing Scott Guthrie (Well – I find him amazing) which will cover everything from the future of Silverlight to tips and tricks. Register ......

Posted On Monday, November 29, 2010 12:41 PM

FREE Technical Update Event for UK Independent Software Vendors, 25th Nov in Reading
My team is pulling together a great afternoon on the 25th of this month to help UK ISVs get up to speed on the latest technologies from Microsoft and explore their impact on product roadmaps. The session is intended for technical decision makers including senior developers and architects. Technologies such as the Windows Azure Platform, SQL Server 2008, Windows Phone 7, SharePoint 2010 and Internet Explorer 9.0 will be represented. Check out the agenda and register before all the seats vanish ......

Posted On Monday, November 1, 2010 1:36 PM

CTP1 of new admin tool for SQL Azure is now available - ‘Houston’
CTP1 of Microsoft® Project Code-Named “Houston” is now available. This is a lightweight and easy to use database management tool for SQL Azure databases. It enables you to swiftly develop, deploy, and manage data-driven applications in the cloud. Project “Houston” provides a web-based database management tool for basic database management tasks like authoring and executing queries, designing and editing a database schema, and editing table data. All implemented in Silverlight. Getting Started For ......

Posted On Monday, July 26, 2010 10:52 AM

SQL Azure Roadmap gets a little clearer – announcements from Tech Ed
On Monday at Tech?Ed 2010 we announced new stuff (I like new stuff) that “showcases our continued commitment to deliver value, flexibility and control of data through data cloud services to our customers”. Ok, that does sound like marketing speak (and it is) but the good news is there is some meat behind it. We have some decent new features coming and we also have some clarity on when we will be able to get our hands on those features. SQL Azure Business Edition Extends to 50 GB – June 28th SQL Azure ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 8, 2010 9:49 AM

SQL Azure and SQL Azure Data Platform in a simple diagram
In March 2008 we announced SQL Server Data Services. In October 2008 we renamed it to SQL Data Services, part of SQL Services. In July 2009 we renamed it to SQL Azure Database, part of SQL Azure. Same technology, same team – smarter naming :-) Smarter because people were getting confused between SQL Data Services and ADO.NET Data Services (totally different “things”) and the OS you will use in front of SQL Azure is Windows Azure. I wonder what will happen to .NET Services ......

Posted On Friday, July 10, 2009 7:52 AM

ADO.NET Data Services Offline Alpha released
March is a busy month for the ADO.NET Data Services team. They have announced details of version 1.5 which will ship before .NET 4.0 and they have released an alpha of the offline bits they talked about back in October. There is a blog post to accompany this release and for me the following was interesting: Q: Is this technology going to be present in the next version of ADO.NET Data Services and/or Visual Studio? A: No. We are working on two fronts. One is the enhancements we want to make to the ......

Posted On Thursday, March 12, 2009 11:26 AM

SQL Data Services – new features announced
The SDS team have announced their updated plans for SQL Data Services. There are plenty of changes to take in – but it looks to be a very positive step in response to feedback from folks who looked at the current CTP. Essentially SDS becomes a full relational database (SQL Server!) in the cloud which we access using familiar programming models such as ADO.NET and ODBC – you get stored procedures, triggers, views etc. As such it will become fairly trivial to “re-platform” on-premise applications to ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 10, 2009 11:02 PM

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