SQL Server

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.

Microsoft Talks Cloud (Not 'Software Plus Services') at Investor Event

Charles Di Bona, general manager of Microsoft's Server and Tools Division, offered some perspective on Microsoft's cloud vision on Monday at the CLSA Asia USA Forum for investors in San Francisco.

Microsoft Reveals SQL Server 2012 Licensing Model

Microsoft recently shared the details of the licensing model for its up-and-coming relational database management system, SQL Server 2012 (previously code-named "Denali").

Microsoft: Next SQL Azure Release Coming by Year's End

Microsoft spent Day 2 of this week's PASS Summit in Seattle outlining some of the new features in the next release of SQL Azure, which the company said will land sometime during Q4 2011.

Microsoft Makes 'SQL Server 2012' Official at PASS Summit

Microsoft has officially dropped the "Denali" code name from its next-generation relational database management system, which is now called simply "SQL Server 2012."

Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2008 SP3

Microsoft released Service Pack 3 (SP3) for SQL Server 2008 on Thursday, about one year after the release of SP2.

Microsoft vs. the World: Can Microsoft Knock Out Its 6 Biggest Rivals?

At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner singled out and attacked six strategic rivals. Does Microsoft have what it takes to compete and win against Apple, Google, Cisco, Oracle, Salesforce.com and VMware?

Microsoft Releases CTPs of SQL Server 2008 SP3

Microsoft on Monday released community technology previews (CTPs) of a new Service Pack 3 (SP3) being developed for various versions of SQL Server 2008.

Microsoft Adds Office 365 Assessment Capabilities to MAP 6.0

Microsoft has added cloud assessment capabilities, including the ability to assess if a computing environment is ready to migrate to Office 365, to the free Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.0 (MAP 6.0), which became generally available on Monday.

Microsoft Releases CTP3 of SQL Server 'Denali'

Microsoft also released the first service pack (SP1) of the current SQL Server 2008 R2, though its announcement took a back seat to all of the WPC news this week.

For Some ISVs, Microsoft's BI Shortcomings Are an Opportunity

Microsoft ISVs Strategy Companion and SwiftKnowledge are intent on filling in the gaps in Microsoft's BI offerings, which, the two companies say, are functional enough but appeal to only a subset of potential Microsoft BI consumers.