SQL Server


Microsoft Shutters PerformancePoint Server

Microsoft will discontinue its PerformancePoint business intelligence product and will merge its function into SharePoint Server, the company said late last week.

Report Sees Cloud Trend for OSS Developers

A survey of more than 300 open source software (OSS) developers found that many plan to distribute their solutions as services over the Internet cloud.

Netezza Announces New Interoperability with Microsoft's BI Platform

Netezza last week appeared to close the loop on one of its perceived competitive shortcomings when it unveiled a new interoperability strategy for Microsoft's business intelligence platform

Microsoft's Workforce May See Pink in Their Future

Pink slips at the world's largest software provider may become a reality soon, according to several reports published this week, citing unnamed sources.

UPDATE: Windows 7 Beta: Don't Panic Getting It

TechNet Plus and Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscribers have reportedly had problems getting product keys for the Windows 7 Beta, and the free general public version is slightly delayed, Microsoft says.

Microsoft Releases Beta of Windows Server 2008 R2

The beta of Windows Server 2008 R2 is currently available for download by TechNet Plus and Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscribers, as well as by technology enthusiasts.

Enterprise Data Breaches on the Rise, Report Finds

If last year was any indication, enterprise IT security pros will be busy in 2009.

Microsoft Releases IE8 Blocking Tool

When Microsoft issues the general release of Internet Explorer 8, enterprises will be able to deploy a new blocking tool to prevent unauthorized installations of the browser.

Microsoft Promotes Bob Muglia to President of Server and Tools

Bob Muglia, a Microsoft veteran of 21 years, has been named to the newly created position of president of Microsoft's Server and Tools Division.

UPDATE: Microsoft May Offer Free Windows 7 Upgrades to Consumers

A memo purportedly from Microsoft to its OEM partners suggests that Microsoft will offer upgrades from Windows Vista to Windows 7, starting possibly on July 1, 2009.

Microsoft Mum on Rumored Layoffs

Bloggers and analysts on Monday poured cold water on rumors that Microsoft plans to lay off a substantial number of its employees.

SQL Injection Hits Amid the Holidays

Redmond continues to investigate a new zero-day bug affecting popular database application SQL Server.

First Look: MySQL 5.1 Open Source Database

MySQL 5.1 was released by Sun Microsystems in April, but I decided to test it out this month.

Is LINQ to SQL Dead?

While developers feel blindsided by Microsoft's shift to Entity Framework, company officials defend move and say LINQ to SQL is not on death row.

Microsoft Releases SQL Server Security Tools

Microsoft released a beta version of its Code Analysis Tool and Anti-Cross Site Scripting Library for developers.

Microsoft Delivers SQL Server 2005 SP3

Microsoft ratcheted up its product support for SQL Server 2005 by releasing Service Pack 3 (SP3) on Monday, along with SP3 Cumulative Update 1.

UPDATE: SQL Server Tools CTP To Begin in January

The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) on Monday unveiled a limited private community technology preview (CTP) of "SQL Server Application and Multi-Server Management [tools], as part of the SQL Server codename 'Kilimanjaro,'" according to a PASS spokesperson.

UPDATE: DataDirect Releases ADO.NET Drivers

DataDirect Technologies this week upgraded its ADO.NET database drivers, which provide connectivity between .NET-based applications and DBMSes from Oracle, IBM, Microsoft and Sybase.

Microsoft Exec Lays Out Enterprise Strategy at Barclays Event

Microsoft server and tools exec Bob Kelly told an investment banker audience how Microsoft plans to take advantage of opportunities in the enterprise IT market.

Multicore Chips Hitting 'Memory Wall,' Report Says

The silicon industry's plans to use multiple processor cores on the same chip to improve computer processing performance may have hit a bump on supercomputing highway.