SQL Server

Microsoft Releases Windows Azure SQL Database Premium Preview

Microsoft launched the preview version of its Windows Azure SQL Database Premium service on Tuesday, in addition to releasing the July Windows Azure update.

Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, SQL Server 2014 Hit Preview Stage

Public preview versions of Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014 are now available, Microsoft announced Tuesday during the kickoff of TechEd Europe, taking place in Madrid.

Microsoft Details Next-Gen Server Releases, Unveils 'Windows Azure Pack'

Microsoft announced a slew of upcoming product updates during Monday's opening TechEd conference keynote in New Orleans.

Extended Support for SQL Server 2000 To End Tuesday

SQL Server 2000 will lose its "extended support" from Microsoft on Tuesday, April 9, when it reaches the end of its product lifecycle.

Microsoft Cuts Windows Azure Prices for SQL Reporting Services

Microsoft lowered Windows Azure price decrease last week for its SQL Reporting Services, which is used for business intelligence-type applications.

Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2012 SP1, Talks Self-Service BI

The first new service pack for SQL Server 2012 is now available, Microsoft announced on Wednesday at the annual PASS summit event being held this week in Seattle.

Office 365, SharePoint and SQL Server: Our Experts Weigh In

At the first Live! 360 conference, top experts will dive into an array of hot IT topics. Get a sneak preview here, as key presenters share their expertise with Redmond Channel Partner.

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Released

Service Pack 2 (SP2) of SQL Server 2008 R2 is now available for download, Microsoft announced Thursday.

SharePoint 2013, Excel 2013 Previews Get BI Boost

Microsoft on Monday outlined some finer points for organizations wanting to test the business intelligence (BI) capabilities available in the SharePoint 2013 and Excel 2013 previews released last week.

Microsoft Releases CTP of SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2

Microsoft recently rolled out a community technology preview (CTP) of the forthcoming Service Pack 2 (SP2) for SQL Server 2008 R2.

Microsoft Exec: Windows Azure Users Are in 'High Tens of Thousands'

A Microsoft executive explained the company's cloud-centric corporate strategy on Tuesday at a financial analyst event.

SQL Server 2012 Hits General Availability

SQL Server 2012 is now generally available, which means it's a purchasable final product, Microsoft announced on Monday.

SQL Server 2012 Licensing To Result in Price Hikes

SQL Server 2012 is expected to become generally available on April 1, but licensing price details for the product are just beginning to take shape.

SQL Server 2012 Hits RTM, Set for General Release in April

SQL Server 2012, Microsoft's newest relational database management system, hit the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) milestone on Tuesday and is available for download and testing as an evaluation version.

Microsoft Slashes SQL Azure Pricing, Adds New Storage Option

Microsoft once again made some cuts to its SQL Azure pricing, as well as introduced a 100 MB database storage option.

Microsoft Launches SQL Azure Testing Service

Microsoft is offering a free trial app of a new test service designed to help SQL Azure users monitor the security of their databases housed in Microsoft's cloud.

SQL Server 2012 'Launch Event' Set for March 7, But Release Date Unclear

SQL Server 2012, the next generation of Microsoft's relational database management system, appears to be marching closer to product release.

Amazon Launches NoSQL-Based DynamoDB Database Service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Wednesday launched DynamoDB, a new database service that will let customers store and modify huge amounts of unstructured content while proving rapid access to data.

9 Huge Opportunities for Microsoft Partners in 2012

WEB EXCLUSIVE: For many partners, matching their priorities with Microsoft's is a sure-fire way to boost business. Conveniently, Microsoft has just listed its top priority areas -- or "priority workloads" -- for the Microsoft Partner Network. Here they are, along with the related products and competencies for each.

Microsoft Makes SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate Available

Forgoing a beta version, Microsoft issued the release candidate (RC) of SQL Server 2012, formerly code-named "Denali," on Thursday.