SQL Server

Microsoft Gives Power BI Enterprise-Focused Boost

Microsoft is beefing up its cloud-based analytics service to make it more enterprise-ready, the company announced Tuesday at its first-annual Data Insights Summit in Bellevue, Wash.

Next SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate Rolls Out

Microsoft has issued another release candidate (RC) of SQL Server 2016, signaling that the upcoming database system is nearly feature-complete.

Microsoft Takes Aim at Oracle with SQL Server 2016

The spotlight was on SQL Server 2016 at Thursday's Data Driven conference, where Microsoft gave its case for enterprises to ditch Oracle's database system for its own.

SQL Server 2016 Hits Release Candidate Stage, Gets Linux Support

Microsoft on Monday issued a release candidate (RC0) of its upcoming SQL Server 2016 database system, as well as announced its plans to enable SQL Server to run on Linux.

Microsoft Azure IoT Hub Hits General Availability

Microsoft recently released its Azure IoT Hub, the latest component of the company's cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) suite.

Microsoft Ending Support for Multiple IE Versions in 2016

Several Microsoft products, including SQL Server 2005 and some versions of Internet Explorer and .NET Framework 4, will hit their "extended support" deadline this year.

Microsoft Bolsters Its Big Data Portfolio with Metanautix Buy

Microsoft on Friday announced its purchase of 3-year-old big data analytics company Metanautix, adding to its already long list of acquisitions this year.

Microsoft Brings Cortana Integration to Power BI

Microsoft this week announced the public preview of integration between Power BI, its self-service and cloud-based business intelligence tool, and Cortana, its digital personal assistant that comes in Windows 10.

Microsoft Unveils New SQL Server 2016 and Azure Data Lake Previews

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a number of data-related releases, including a new community technology preview (CTP) of its upcoming SQL Server 2016 product.

Microsoft Readies Azure-Based Big Data Offerings

Microsoft on Monday gave an update on some forthcoming additions to its Big Data portfolio, including Azure Data Lake Store.

Microsoft Extends Partnership with Salesforce to Cloud-Based IoT

At Wednesday's Dreamforce conference keynote, the spotlight was on Microsoft's partnership with CRM rival Salesforce.com.

Microsoft Bolsters Office 365 Analytics with VoloMetrix Buy

Microsoft has acquired organizational analytics software maker VoloMetrix for an undisclosed amount, the company announced on Thursday.

Microsoft's Revamped Power BI Hits General Availability

A revamped version of Power BI, Microsoft's cloud-based analytics and data visualization tool, became generally available on Friday, replacing the old "Power BI for Office 365" version.

Microsoft To 'Democratize' Data with Cortana Analytics Suite

Microsoft announced the new Cortana Analytics Suite at the 2015 Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) on Monday.

SQL Server 2016 Sees Daylight in Public Preview Release

Microsoft has been building its next SQL Server product first in the cloud, which "has completely changed how we build software," according to Shawn Bice, an engineering partner director at Microsoft.

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